Friday, October 12, 2018

CLUB DREAD (2004) movie review

Club Dread (2004) d. Jay Chandrasekhar (USA) (104 min)

Comedy troupe Broken Lizard (of Super Troopers fame) tries their hand at the slasher genre, with fairly impressive results in both the gore and guffaw departments. Set at “Pleasure Island,” a Costa Rican resort owned by boozy soft-rock balladeer Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton, doing his best Jimmy Buffet) where the guests come to drink their fill, lose their inhibitions (and clothes), and get naughty. Unfortunately, a serial killer is slashing his/her way through the fun-loving staff and patrons, with the body count piling up faster than you can say “Margaritaville.”

BL members Jay Chandrasekhar (who also directed), Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske are credited with the script and all turn in entertainingly frenzied performances, with terrific, bawdy support from Brittany Daniel (as spirited aerobics instructor Jenny) and Jordan Ladd (Cabin Fever, Death Proof) as closet horndog gymnast Penelope (pronounced “Pee-nell-lope”). Played primarily for laughs, while still managing to generate solid suspense sequences and splatter shots. Worth checking out.


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