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Club Dread

Thriller . Horror . Comedy

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

Actors: Dan Montgomery Jr. , Elena Lyons , Julio Bekhor , Nat Faxon , Jordan Ladd , Brittany Daniel , Bill Paxton , Tanja Reichert , Erik Stolhanske , Paul Soter , Jay Chandrasekhar , Kevin Heffernan
Directors: Jay Chandrasekhar
Country: USA
Release: 2004-02-27
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  • Glenn Kenny

    The Broken Lizard guys don't so much send up a genre as inhabit it, and subvert it from the inside.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Kevin Carr

    Broken Lizard manages to poke fun at the genre without falling into the trap of recycling old Scooby-Doo jokes.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    With "Super Troopers" and Club Dread, Broken Lizard has cranked out two genuinely funny movies in a row.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    The group has a distinctive deadpan style; after you get on their wavelength, it's impossible to quit chuckling.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    There will be better movies playing in the same theater, even if it is a duplex, but on the other hand there is something to be said for goofiness without apology by broken lizards who just wanna have fun.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Pure dumb fun -- horror slapstick that rudely parodies both the arterial violence of slasher films and the topless hedonism of the spring-break ritual.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    This genre-busting hybrid is a scattershot affair - bad jokes land with a thud that seems to echo, but the winning ones prompt hearty laughs.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Works better than one might think, thanks to the group's modus operandi, which combines a fundamental reverence for the target material and a sly irreverence that's key to their skewering technique.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Danny Graydon

    Club Dread still thrives on the group's enormous charm and the determined, genuinely funny comedic approach of knowing pop-culture winks and a zaniness that marks them as pleasingly Pythonesque.

    Empire Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    As bad-taste comedies go, this is more clever than gross.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Scott Brown

    A few gags are brilliantly staged, but most have a smug, collegiate take-it-or-leave-it quality that makes full-on belly laughter feel optional.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    If you enjoy gross humor -- elevated by an occasional witty line -- and looking at babes, and don't mind a little blood and gore, do I have a date movie for you.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    A splatter of scenes that relocate the funny-bone in the lower anatomical regions -- sometimes hitting the mark, occasionally a glancing blow, often missing completely.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ethan Alter

    The film's biggest flaw is its excessive running time: The jokes start wearing thin after the first hour and, by the time the credits finally roll, it's become the kind of straightforward gorefest it started out ridiculing.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    It is really gory, for the record -– though it's too silly and insufficiently twisted to slake the appetite of the hardcore gorehound, it's not something to take a kid to.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    The Broken Lizard types bring the best out of Paxton, only to abandon him in the second half and focus on themselves. A bit more humility might have served them in better stead.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Sara Gebhardt

    Of course, the film still may be too bloody and crass for some, and it's by no means hilarious, but all things considered, Club Dread lives up to expectations, which were never really that high to begin with.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    The new parody from the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, takes another swipe at the corpse armed with the same old weapons. This time, rigor mortis has set in.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    Mr. Chandrasekhar's direction is casual to the point of carelessness, but he does give the movie a friendly, convivial atmosphere that contradicts and sometimes overcomes its frequently cruel humor. In short, this is another film that looks as if it was more fun to make than it is to sit through.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    The upside is that they're likable and play well together...The downside is that they're all still communicating roughly the same message, which lies somewhere between a wink and a nudge.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A slasher spoof of sorts, except that unlike the "Scream" pics, scant effort seems to have gone into the spoofing aspect of the story.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The name is a tipoff: Club Dread is dreadful.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    A bumptious splatter farce that manages to improve from awful to moderately engaging as its cast is winnowed down to the five guys themselves.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Chandrasekhar is a master forger of images and situations from horror movies past, but unlike Wes Craven did in "Scream," he doesn't build on them in any way, and the result is the opposite of what's intended; the movie is stultifying.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    Pretty dreadful.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    A stunningly unfunny farce that makes the worst of a stale concept.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    About as funny as malaria.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Studios can release movies even more insultingly dumb, crudely assembled and cheaply produced than this one, though such an achievement will require some effort.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
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