Club Dread (2004)



Critic Consensus: Comedy is too hit-or-miss is this slasher spoof.

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Following up their breakthrough film, 2001's Super Troopers, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, comprised of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske, took aim at the horror genre and delivered Club Dread. Starring the five members of the troupe along with Bill Paxton, the film is set at an anything-goes tropical resort for swingers. When a psychotic killer starts offing the guests with a razor sharp machete, it's up to the staff to hide the carnage, lest they lose the business of the unsuspecting surviving guests. As with Super Troopers and the first Broken Lizard film Puddle Cruiser, Chandrasekhar directs.
R (for violence/gore, sexual content, language and drug use)
Comedy , Horror
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Paul Soter
as Dave
Bill Paxton
as Coconut Pete
Jordan Ladd
as Penelope
Nat Faxon
as Manny
Elena Lyons
as Stacy
Julio Bekhor
as Carlos
Greg Cipes
as Trevor
Ryan Faulkner
as Marcel
Heather Pemble
as Amy Aerobics
Jose Cruz
as Busboy 1
Claudia Palacios
as Buccaneer Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Club Dread

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (28)

In these sensitive, politically correct times, I thought it was refreshing to see a comedy troupe that's perfectly willing to fill the screen with exposed flesh and buckets of blood, in the name of cheap but legitimate laughs.

March 1, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The film still may be too bloody and crass for some, and it's by no means hilarious, but all things considered, Club Dread lives up to expectations, which were never really that high to begin with.

February 27, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

About as funny as malaria.

Full Review… | February 27, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Stunningly unfunny.

Full Review… | February 27, 2004
Top Critic

Club Dread is just stupid, period.

Full Review… | February 27, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A shabby attempt at mixing elements of a teen slasher flick with the lowbrow laughs of a teen sex romp. Neither one adds up to the sum of its whole.

Full Review… | February 27, 2004
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Club Dread

The second film from the comedy group Broken Lizard, "Club Dread" looks, is, and delivers stupid on an impressive scale. That's not to say that stupid is always a bad thing. This film promises stupid, from its obvious premise to its still stupid follow-through, but still entertains despite it not being anywhere as good as its predecessor "Super Troopers" or successor "Beer Fest." The film takes place on a party island, inhabited by throes of drunken, sexually uninhibited, and plied college kids who are looking to blow off some steam. The island is run by musician and Jimmy Buffet-esque performer Coconut Pete, played by a very entertaining Bill Paxton, who provides the bulk of the fun to this film. The film stars the entire troupe of Broken Lizard as the island's staff, who are in charge of such innocuous things as aerobics, running a Pac-man hedge maze, and DJ-ing the drug fueled club dances. Their personas are often obnoxious, addicted, and juvenile, only there to party and have sex with all the people they can. In comes the mysterious killer from the jungle, who slices open the staff with a machete while wearing a mask. A campfire encourages a backstory of a staffer who was tricked into having sex with a corpse and then went insane, killing six other staffers, cutting off his genitalia, and hobbling off into the jungle. The film doesn't work particularly well as a comedy, though it does feature gratuitous nudity, funny accents, and infantile humor. What makes this film still enjoyable after that is that the film actually works really well as a horror film. The best horror films have gruesome and imaginative kills, and with the amount of bloodshed, the variety of deaths, and the murderer having an agenda and all the power in this situation, it becomes a rather riveting film. Even the killer is immensely creepy when revealed, and has a hilarious reason for starting his rampage, which is a joke that I still find seriously funny, even now. Though this might not be the film you're expecting out of a comedy group, the horror in this film is horrifying, which remains its saving grace.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

It's amazing the things you'll stop on when you're absent-mindedly surfing the TV. Why I watched more than 5 minutes of this I'll never know. A Jimmy Buffet type musician (Bill Paxton) owns an island resort. All kinds of partying takes place, but then people start dying at the hands of a maniac. Tried to be a horror movie, but because it was miserably failing at that, decided to be a comedy instead. I have news for them -- it's failed there too.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

I really thought this was funny and a lot different than most comedies. It pretty much took the idea of Scooby Doo and Friday the 13th and made it into a fresh product. While it isn't as perfect at capturing priceless moments as Super Troopers, this still had the great characters and writing.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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