Club Dread

MPAA Rated – R
It’s 1:43 Long
A Review by:
The Dude on the Right

Club Dread
Movie Stats & Links
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brittany Daniel, Bill Paxton, Jordan Ladd
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: 2004
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them exposed to nudity, drugs, murder, and a bad comedy.
Date Movie: See “Kiddie Movie.”
Gratuitous Sex: Thankfully yes!
Gratuitous Violence: But it doesn’t look real.
Action: People get chased.
Laughs: Some, but not nearly as much as there could have been.
Memorable Scene: The nudity.
Memorable Quote: Coconut Pete: “That son of a, son of a bitch.”
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

“Super Troopers” is one of those movies that when I come across it while scrolling through the cable channels, well, I usually end up staying for a spell. I enjoyed it and because of that I was looking forward to “Club Dread,” the latest installment from the Broken Lizard crew. Sadly, “Club Dread” didn’t fare as well for me in the comedy book.

In “Club Dread” we get the Broken Lizard folks, along with the likes of Bill Paxton (playing Coconut Pete), Jordan Ladd (Penolope), and Brittany Daniel (Jenny). Coconut Pete is running Pleasure Island, a getaway for those looking to drink a lot, do some drugs, and get laid, and for most of the guests, they’re getting their money’s worth. For the staff, however, things aren’t going too smoothly as they start to die, one by one. Who’s doing the killing, who can they trust, who will get laid, and can they stop the killer? Well, all of those questions get answered, but sadly not in a funny way.

Both The Dude on the Left and I agreed that the movie had a lot of potential. It had the poking fun at horror movie thing going (but nowhere near on the comedic level of “Scary Movie”), it had a good plot of making fun of Jimmy Buffett, it had a live version of Pac-Man, and it had some quality nudity, but they just couldn’t seem to put all of these things together. Oddly enough the storyline that really didn’t work for me was the poking fun at horror movie thing because I’m thinking it could have been a better movie focusing on the goofiness of Coconut Pete and his music, and just having wacky goings on at the club, maybe poking fun in a “Survivor” meets “Temptation Island”, on an island where you can drink a lot, do some drugs, and get laid.

This is definitely a wait for cable kind of movie, and even then, only in small doses. It has its moments, like when one of the guests asks Pete to play “Margaritaville” and Pete insists back that she wants to here “Pina Coladaburg” (get it?), and the live version of Pac-Man was pretty funny even without the gutting of the Pear. You do get some quality nudity but sadly that wasn’t enough to carry this movie.

In the end I’m giving “Club Dread” 1 star out of 5. It really had a lot of potential, but lost it somewhere trying to make too many jokes and trying to do what the “Scream” franchise already did.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!