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"When a serial killer interrupts the fun at the swanky Club Dread - a hedonistic island paradise for swingers - it's up to the club's staff to stop the violence ... or at least hide it!"

Reviewer: Tariq Rafiq @horrorasylum
Location:South Bucks, UK
Review Date: 13 August 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Brought to you by the same team as 2001's comedic work of art, 'Super Troopers', this entry to their CV is a step down, but still worthy of some note.

A psycho serial killer (is there any other kind?) is running rampage on an island resort run by Coconut Pete, a fading junkie singer songwriter who only ever sings about getting wasted in a tropical paradise. The hunt is on to find the killer as more and more of the staff are killed via methods inspired by Coconut Pete's lyrics. Bill Paxton plays the ageing hippy Coconut Pete to fantastic effect and is easily the best thing in the entire film.

Let me honest up front (have I ever been any other way?) and say that this is not a good film. In fact, in many ways, it is a dreadful film (pun intended).

It starts out very promisingly but soon descends into just a number of crude, rude jokes, many of which just aren't funny. However, the director manages to keep you interested by keeping the film somewhere between a skilful pastiche of teen serial killer movies and a total gross out comedy. It is part 'Porkies' and part 'Nightmare on Elm Street' when it was still good.

For the intellectuals amongst you, the film is full of post-modern, existential images of women in bikinis and some wearing even less, thus exploring the depiction of the female form in today's society and their perception through synergistic responses vis-a-vis all other forms of media consumed by the populace as a whole. For those of you who are not pretentious liberals, lots of girls in coconut bikinis and wet t-shirts.

The film does have some very funny, laugh-out-loud moments but these are unfortunately few and far between. I believe that this bunch of friends (who call themselves 'Broken Lizard') have better work in side of them, and I look forward to their next excursion into film-making mischief.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 02 July 2004 My Rating: out of 5

I didn't have high hopes for this as it was considered a flop earlier this year in the States, and had received bad reviews by just about everyone, not to mention that the previous effort from the filmmakers 'Super Troopers' was hugely disappointing.

Going in expecting a silly romp, I have to say that the film really surprised me and I really enjoyed it.

There's a killer on the loose at an island resort headed by washed up singer Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton) but this killer is only interested in killing the staff. In a well shot mix of laughs and jumps, the dwindling staff must put aside their differences and try to figure out the identity of the killer.

Maybe it's just because it's summer or maybe it's because I've been trying to chill out lately, but this film really delivered on the horror side.

I think that most people disliked this because they expected it to be more like Scary Movie, but thankfully it is way more subtle than that and has tonnes of boobs and bloodshed to keep hardcore horror fans happy.

The plot and majority of the dialogue is awful, but the film really has some creepy moments and good deaths.

Whilst watching this I realised that this was probably the closest thing I have actually seen to an 80's horror film since the 80's and for that reason I respect the guys of Broken Lizzard for getting some of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood to show us their boobs and for delivering some solid gore effects, whilst managing to take the piss out of the genre in a subtle manner.

Don't get me wrong it's all silly fluff but it's great. Everyone concerned has helped to bring back the elements of the genre killed off by the late 90's slasher boom, and it's about bloody time.

Club Dread is an excellent way to kick start your Summer vacation. This is seriously underated stuff here, and ends up being the movie that 'Scary Movie' should have been.

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