Monday, October 23, 2017

Broken Lizard's Club Dread (2004)

As a general rule, I expect parodies of horror movies to be incredibly silly. For some fine examples as to why I hold such low expectations, see the films Student Bodies and Scary Movie (Not to be confused with Date Movie, which was downright horrifying.)

Broken Lizard’s attempt at such a parody did not disappoint me in this manner.

Now I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with over-the-top silly. It’s just never been my cup of tea. So in the spirit of fairness, I’d like to mention that what really grabs my attention with these types of films are the little details.

Club Dread had me within the first five minutes by doing something I’d never seen done before in even a legitimate horror movie. They showed a decapitation and head roll from the point-of-view of the victim.

That certainly grabbed my attention.

The plot centers around a tropical resort where the staff is encouraged to be extra-friendly and the patrons are encouraged to be extra-drunk… the perfect set-up for any campy B horror flick. The leader of this paradise is an old beach musician has-been whose only joy seems to be talking about his good old days. But the resident psychopath seems to be his biggest fan, using the lyrics of his songs as warnings accompanied by a string of dead bodies.

The characters are intentionally stereotypical, and very over-played to boot. The games that are set up for the guests are creative, including a live-action game of Pac-Man. And the gore… well, believe it or not there is a lot of blood in this comedy.

It’s not the best horror parody I’ve ever seen, but it’s nowhere near the worst either. A good “rainy day” flick.

Film information: Club Dread

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