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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 36

An uninspired, feebly-acted horror/comedy that produces little scares and laughs.

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

An uninspired, feebly-acted horror/comedy that produces little scares and laughs.

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DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT is a new horror/comedy film based on one of the world's most popular comics (60 million copies worldwide). Brandon Routh stars as Dylan Dog, world famous private investigator specializing in affairs of the undead. His PI business card reads "No Pulse? No Problem." Armed with an edgy wit and carrying an arsenal of silver and wood-tipped bullets, Dylan must track down a dangerous artifact before a war ensues between his werewolf, vampire and zombie clients living

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Jul 26, 2011

$1.2M

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (36) | DVD (7)

While he's fine playing bemused and beleaguered, Routh can't muster the edginess that Dylan is also meant to have. Diggs looks fabulous, but has his own problems with the dangerous stuff.

May 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Brings vampires, werewolves, zombies, detective noir and spoofy comedy together for a murky genre gumbo with barely any flavor.

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A monster mash and genre mash-up that leaves one pining for the swagger of Hellboy.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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A cluttered, uninspired hash of familiar genre ideas.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Put a stake in this film noir monster movie, it's done.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Never mind that Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is loosely based on an Italian comic series from the 1980s; this low-rent adaptation owes an embarrassingly big blood debt to HBO's True Blood.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night is a fun comedy/horror whodunnit with a supernatural twist. It delivers plenty of movie fun too, just like those campy 80's monster flicks.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Fun performances from Routh and Huntington can't make up for an extremely convoluted and mostly soulless story -- even when there's a giant zombie running around.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

A pointless, very loose adaptation of the popular Italian comic that plays like a bad episode of Buffy.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Dylan Dog works best when it has fun with P.I. conventions; when the monsters take over, it goes downhill.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The movie wants to be a combination film noir and horror comedy, but the timing is all off and the performances are flat across the board.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

the whole shebang plays out like a twisted Murder She Wrote episode

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...a disappointingly lifeless adaptation...

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Entirely derivative and utterly wretched.

May 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Isn't awful, but it is awfully familiar,...coming across as something that might appear on the SciFi Network on a Saturday night.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

There's one fight scene involving a rope and a pulley that briefly lifts the general torpor, but as soon as that's over, it's back to snoozeville.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Everybody else will have a better time revisiting Monster Squad or falling asleep.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

The film longs to be a hip skewering of noir and monster movies but instead is kneecapped by mediocre effects, indifferent performances and a generally dull design.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Even if the whole vampires vs. werewolves thing hadn't already been done to un-death by True Blood and the Twilight and Underworld franchises, Dylan Dog would still be a crushingly dull 107 minutes.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

For having such an inspired start, the movie feels oddly uninspired.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Director Munroe is clearly a fan and attempted his best on an admittedly limited budget, but some things just don't translate that well.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The story is even staler (and the production cheesier) than the jokes ...

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

"Life is wasted on the mortals," says an elder vampire. Even more so, I'm afraid, on this movie.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Wide Screen

It's not so much that Dylan Dog is bad -- certainly nowhere near as bad as is being claimed -- it's that it's so completely inconsequential.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Out of nowhere comes Brandon Routh and into nowhere he returns.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

If you haven't seen "Cemetery Man," director Michele Soavi's 1994 avant-garde adaptation of Tiziano Sclavi's Dylan Dog novel and comic books, I highly recommend checking it out rather than wasting your time on this muddled piece of filmic tripe.

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Audience Reviews for Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

OK well for starters we have seen this kind of thing now many many many times over, there is nothing new here and nothing that really impresses to be brutally honest. Despite that this is still a reasonably enjoyable monsters n myth film with a creative side that is clearly down to its comicbook origins.

I don't know anything about the comicbook but its quite old (1986), so I can't say for sure but I do believe this comic may have given rise to other such characters and franchises like 'Hellboy', 'Underworld' and probably others, the problem is they have left this adaptation too long and missed the boat. This a real mix of many cool ideas and the first to spring to mind was 'Van Helsing', 'DD' is very much a monster mash with everything from vamps, werewolves, zombies, ghouls and demons, add to this a neat little touch of black humour from 'Beetlejuice' and zombie sub plots involving zombie support groups complete with flyers and a zombie 'bodyshop' where the undead go to fix themselves up. Clever touches like that make this film fun to watch.

Now the first 30mins of this film is dull I can't lie, I was getting bored as nothing was happening. The idea is sort of like an old detective film with narration from 'Dylan' as he investigates clues, its nice and gives the film a touch of class but ultimately its kinda dull too.
Things start to spice up as creatures of the night come into play and the plot thickens, we discover a huge 'uber zombie' is killing folk and there's a battle going on between certain humans and the undead ergo..a bit like 'Underworld'.

The problem is the film does get more enjoyable but you just can't help but relate everything to many of the films I've already mentioned, you feel as if you've seen this before and you know whats gonna happen. The other problem is the effects aren't all that great on the werewolves, the vamps don't look anything new with their facial design (think 'Lost Boys' or 'Dusk Till Dawn') and of course zombies will always look the same. There is a quite lovely piece of makeup/prosthetic work at the finale where baddie vamp leader 'Vargas' transforms into a mega demon of some kind, looks absolutely fantastic but again it also looks identical to 'Darkness' from 'Legend' and 'Marcus' from 'Underworld 2' plus his appearance is a total anti-climax. In short the CGI work isn't the best and neither are the stunts really, blood n gore is minimal which is fine but makeup is probably the winner over CGI here. The CGI is about on par with the first 'Underworld' flick and obviously dated.

There is a hell of a lot of imagination going on here which is terrific and as this character came about in 86 I'm sure he came before much of what we already know in terms of night creature mythology. Had this been made before a lot of well known films then I'm sure it would have received a much better reception and may well have be known as a semi cult classic like such films as 'Blade' and 'Underworld'. Its a shame as despite the large amount of monsters all fighting for screen time the film doesn't feel clustered and it is nicely done with good humour and a nice noir detective angle. The zombie side is easily the best for plus points in terms of originality (almost).

If you try not to compare (GOD THAT'S HARD!!), this film is good fun and with better CGI work I wouldn't mind a sequel as Routh as 'Dylan' is a likeable character who isn't over the top and arrogant, I did enjoy the monster mash. Shame they had to include the always cliched and now over used martial arts n weapon fighting from the female lead. Have her a hardass sure but lets not go down the boring 'Milla Jovovich routine' again, no need for that in the sequel please.
April 24, 2013
phubbs1

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I really really really wish that Munroe's unproduced animated film Cat Tale was released instead of this. Crap that's absolutely trashy. I hated this movie. Cat Tale would definetely better than this. Even if its bad.
January 7, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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02/01/2012 (PS3, NETFLIX)
January 2, 2012
EightThirty

Super Reviewer

Silly junk has ludicrous situations and mostly uninspired acting but Sam Huntington is enjoyably glib and charmingly goofy.
December 29, 2011
jjnxn
jay nixon

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    1. Dylan: Marcus you are a zombie. Now pay Attention. Floor cleaner is your new deodorant. Wisk takes the place of soap. Green clean will keep your eyes from yellowing up, and Bleach is for your teeth. This is your new beauty regiment and you can never take a day off.
    – Submitted by Nicole D (2 years ago)
    1. Dylan Dog: There was a pact among the undead.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Dylan Dog: Look around you, the monsters you read about as a kid, there real. And the key to their survival is making sure none of us know they're here.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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