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Club Dread
     

Club Dread

4.2 5
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar, Bill Paxton, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme

Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Bill Paxton, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme

 

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Broken Lizard's hilarious but little-seen ode to the slasher genre, Club Dread is presented here in its original theatrical edition thanks to 20th Century Fox Home Video. Just as Super Troopers exploded when it hit the stores and rental chains, so should this one, even if this first release isn't really something to write home about. Headlining the disc

Overview

Broken Lizard's hilarious but little-seen ode to the slasher genre, Club Dread is presented here in its original theatrical edition thanks to 20th Century Fox Home Video. Just as Super Troopers exploded when it hit the stores and rental chains, so should this one, even if this first release isn't really something to write home about. Headlining the disc are two commentaries from the acclaimed comedy troupe, with director Jay Chandrasekhar and Erik Stolhanske chairing the first, while Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, and Paul Soter crack wise on the latter. Aside from those, there's a soundtrack spot and very little else to sink your teeth into. Admittedly, the two tracks are quite funny, promising better things to come from the boys in the future (at the time of the recording, they had five different scripts in development). As great as the commentaries are, they do raise a few eyebrows about this DVD release. First off, where are all of the cut scenes and that other subplot about the police officers to which they constantly refer? (Note: See the Unrated edition for those!) Also, wouldn't it be nice to have a gallery of Coconut Pete albums, with the corresponding songs such as "Naughty Cow" included? Who wouldn't want that? Sadly, the trailer was passed over on this edition in favor of insertion on the Unrated release. The inclusion of both the full-screen and anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen versions is nice, with both featuring splendid transfers along with a fine 5.1 Dolby Surround sound option. While it's true that at least the disc isn't bare bones, the sad fact is that the studio saved the good stuff for future editions down the road. Still, the genius of this kind of comedy lies in repeat viewings and that's really where this DVD or any other release for that matter is going to deliver. It's nice to have the extras, but it's even sweeter to be able to bask in the original theatrical genius that is the Pac-Man drinking game or virtually any scene that features Bill Paxton over and over again.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Occupying a strange, near superfluous celluloid limbo somewhere between Club Paradise (1986) and Friday the 13th (1980), Broken Lizard's Club Dread does offer some moments of inspired insanity despite the filmmakers' failure to even out the script and pacing problems that plagued the group's breakthrough comedy Super Troopers. The laughs certainly flow more frequently here, but perhaps as a result, they seem so diluted that they lose the unhinged punchiness that made the best moments of Super Troopers so hilarious. Though it does sustain the loose, easygoing aesthetic of the aforementioned sleeper hit, the comedy troupe's third feature (counting their little-seen first outing Puddle Cruiser) also suffers by aiming at a target that's already been fired upon a few too many times; it certainly would have been more effective had it been released among such early '80s slasher parodies as Student Bodies (1981) and Pandemonium (1982). Delayed reaction arguments aside, Club Dread does -- when all is said and done -- mirror the stalk-and-slash efforts of yesteryear down to the most minute details, and the supernaturally-charged killer of Club Dread is on-target for the genre even if the film itself does come a few decades too late. It's obvious from many of the ideas here that Broken Lizard is truly a creative and inspired bunch (a few inventive kills even offer some unexpectedly tense moments); it just would have been nice to see them set their undeniably able sights on a cinematic trend that hadn't already been so well-tread.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0024543125594
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes audio commentaries by Broken Lizard comedy team members

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Paxton Coconut Pete
Jay Chandrasekhar Putman
Kevin Heffernan Lars
Steve Lemme Juan
Paul Soter Dave
Erik Stolhanske Sam
Brittany Daniel Jenny
M.C. Gainey Hank
Jordan Ladd Penelope
Lindsay Price Yu
Michael Weaver Roy
Nat Faxon Manny
Samm Levine Dirk
Dan Montgomery Rolo
Elena Lyons Stacy
Tanja Reichert Kellie
Tony Amendola Actor
Julio Bekhor Carlos
Michael Yurchak Burke
Richard Perello Cliff
Greg Cipes Trevor
Ryan Faulkner Marcel
Veronica Segura Zoe

Technical Credits
Jay Chandrasekhar Director,Screenwriter
Fernando Altschul Asst. Director
David Alvarez Sound/Sound Designer
Nathan Barr Score Composer
Melissa Bruning Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Conable Production Designer
Christopher Covert Musical Direction/Supervision
Ryan Folsey Editor
Kevin Heffernan Screenwriter
Conrad Hool Co-producer
Lance Hool Executive Producer
Steve Lemme Screenwriter
Peter E. Lengyel Executive Producer
Broken Lizard Screenwriter
John Papsidera Casting
Richard Perello Producer
Lawrence Sher Cinematographer
Paul Soter Screenwriter
Erik Stolhanske Screenwriter
Theresa Wachter Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard Version
1. Death in Dreadlocks
2. Welcome to Pleasure Island
3. Coconut Pete
4. Drinks by the Pool
5. Party Time
6. Carlos & the Killer
7. Play Margaritaville...
8. Machete Phil
9. Piña Coladaburg
10. The Killer Pineapple
11. Killer on the Island
12. The Pro's Plan
13. Looking for a Killer
14. Goodbye to Yu
15. Naughty Cal
16. Fashion Show Wednesday
17. A Weird Little Chick
18. Lars' Secret
19. Putman's Dream
20. Prime Suspect
21. Get Out of the Pool!
22. Looking for Lars
23. Everyone's a Suspect
24. Disco Is Death
25. Game, Set, Match
26. The Party's Over
27. Murder in the Mud
28. Penelope's Peril
29. The Fun Is Not Done
30. Dead in the Water
31. A Killer Comeback
32. End Titles
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Death in Dreadlocks
2. Welcome to Pleasure Island
3. Coconut Pete
4. Drinks by the Pool
5. Party Time
6. Carlos & the Killer
7. Play Margaritaville...
8. Machete Phil
9. Piña Coladaburg
10. The Killer Pineapple
11. Killer on the Island
12. The Pro's Plan
13. Looking for a Killer
14. Goodbye to Yu
15. Naughty Cal
16. Fashion Show Wednesday
17. A Weird Little Chick
18. Lars' Secret
19. Putman's Dream
20. Prime Suspect
21. Get Out of the Pool!
22. Looking for Lars
23. Everyone's a Suspect
24. Disco Is Death
25. Game, Set, Match
26. The Party's Over
27. Murder in the Mud
28. Penelope's Peril
29. The Fun Is Not Done
30. Dead in the Water
31. A Killer Comeback
32. End Titles

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Club Dread 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very poor movie. I expected better from the people that made Super Troopers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great film from the people who brought us super troopers and puddlecruiser starring broken lizard of course and Bill Paxton playing the stoner/drunk/owner of the island that's all about having fun...untill the murders begin... well done BL well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was awsome and funny!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had it all; suspense, comedy,horror, and drama. It featured a motley crew of characters all with unique stories to tell. Its charming stupidity was perfectly portrayed, inspiring me to give it all five stars.