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Club Dread (2004)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (for violence/gore, sexual content, language and drug use)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Broken Lizard, Paul Soter, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2004
Box Office: $4.6M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site

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Bill Paxton
as Coconut Pete
Jordan Ladd
as Penelope
Nat Faxon
as Manny
Greg Cipes
as Trevor
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 (113) | Top Critics (33)

This slasher/comedy isn't funny or entertaining.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

The Broken Lizard quintet follows its quintessential cult-comedy classic "Super Troopers" with something like "Ten Little Indians" interpreted by five big imbeciles - a slasher parody three "Screams" and three "Scary Movies" too late.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Even if it doesn't really succeed as a thriller or a comedy, the film isn't simply a hack-job either.

Full Review… | September 3, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

One of the better horror parodies, which if you ask me has been done to death.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005

The film's creators use sexual humor as a stand-in when they run out of vacuous little sub-sketches.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

You couldn't unload bootlegs of this asinine flick for free, much less charge money for them.

Full Review… | August 21, 2004
Georgia Straight

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.

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

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

Super Reviewer

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