Club Dread

2004

Club Dread

Critics Consensus

Comedy is too hit-or-miss is this slasher spoof.

29%

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Total Count: 101

44%

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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.

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  • Mar 11, 2015
    Doesn't hold a candle to Broken Lizards magnum opus: Super Troopers, but still an entertaining movie. Club Dread leans real damn hard into the "comedy" side of this horror/comedy, but that was probably the better way to play Broken Lizards particular sensibilities.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2011
    Despite some good moments, most parts of the film fell to pieces, being too predictable and stupid.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2011
    As slasher spoofs go, you could do a lot worse. A whole lot worse. I was perusing Youtube one day and I came across a movie review segment called Horrible Horror (I think the guy is Danish or something). He had this segment entitles top 10 funniest slasher films of all time and a kill from this one had a place on his list. deservedly so but I think it was actually kinda funny. The movie certainly didn't take itself seriously. Until the very end. then it got stupid. If you want to check out this Horrible Horror guy and see the kill without actually having to see the movie, here's the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TipuuiEPkxY&feature=related Wait, sorry it's this one. Part II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbCAiGWfisE&feature=related Acting/Characters: You know, this one wasn't too bad. Yes every single character was the stereotype of all of the other ones, but they had island resort twists. They were actually funny in SOME moments. One of them was just over the top stupid. Way over the top. Oh, and let's not forget that one of the characters was a token black who was the only black person in the whole resort...wait, no. He wasn't black. He was a stereotypical Jamaican with an English Accent who taught tennis on the resort (And used the tennis racket and balls as a weapon later). Also, if you have trouble remembering characters and telling them apart, don't worry, the more nameless ones will die quickly. They were trying to get a laugh just having the guys onscreen. The only actor that anyone who saw this movie would recognize would be Bill Paxton as Coconut Pete (Yeah, try to envision that with a straight face or at least without rolling your eyes). Of course everything I have seen him in is much better such as, oh, I don't know, Aliens and Terminator. It wasn't trying to be amazing it was just trying to be over the top. Succeeded on some levels. 5/10 Plot: The plot is incredibly loosely based off of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (Which should be requited reading in all high schools btw). The problem with making a movie like this based off of a book like that that I have read is that I generally know how the film will end. Normally. This one wasn't too much like the book actually. I know that some might say that it is based off of the book, but I didn't see that so much. But I will say that the plot was funny and over the top for most of the film and in that it was good. But when we got to the normal "25 minutes left the Killer is taking off their kid gloves until he/she is stopped 19 minutes later" but, it abandoned all traces of trying to be funny and just started trying to be a horror film. Total fail. I gotta take of some serious points for that one. The setup was normal for a slasher. A bunch of horny teens who want booze go and get isolated. 4.5/10 screenplay: Like I said, I laughed at a lot of points where I was supposed to laugh. Even in that last 25 minute bit I laughed once where I was supposed to. When it wasn't trying to make you laugh it was a pretty weak screenplay. It was extremely hit and miss. 4.5/10 Likableness: I would watch it again. Particularly with a group who know how to laugh at movie like this. It would be a grand old time (Wait...Grand old time? Who says that anymore?) it didn't take itself seriously most of the time and when it did wit was incredibly weak. It was better than most slasher films and was one of the better parodies too. it was alright. 6/10 Final Score: 20/40 50%. (M) TRIVIA TIME: 1. Broken Lizard screened the film for Jimmy Buffett, who was so amused that he requested permission to sing some of the film's original songs on one of his live tours. 2. During the campfire scene, the cast tells the story of a former employ being tricked into having sex with a female corpse and going insane. This closely resembles the back story of the killer in the movie Terror Train 3. In the DVD Commentary, it is explained that the line "How many of you knew that he was uncircumcised and smelled of oranges?" was a line included in the script to see if anyone was really reading the script before the film was green lit. (With a line like that how does one take a film like this seriously? How does the film take itself seriously?)
    Lord N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2010
    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

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