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HTF REVIEW: "Club Dread" (with screenshots)


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#1 of 29 Adam_Reiter

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Posted May 10 2004 - 08:58 AM

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Club Dread



Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Year: 2004

Rated: R

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

Film Length: 104 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: Full Screen 1.33:1 / Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1

Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitled in English and Spanish

Bonus features:
-Commentaries by the Broken Lizard Team Members

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Release Date: May 25th, 2004









Movie...

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This movie is a corn-ball ode to cheesy 80’s slasher movies. It’s not quite B-Movie material as it is a bit smarter and does have a couple of well known actors like Bill Paxton and Brittany Daniel. I have to admit, there are a couple of funny jokes in the movie, but certainly nothing that carries the movie enough to make it good as a whole.

This film wouldn’t be one that I would turn off just for the fact of the constant eye candy, but I couldn’t have a buddy come over and I’d say, “Hey, let’s watch Club Dread” I am sure 90% of the people out there would have no interest in seeing this movie, but, to each their own. You know that somewhere out there, this is someone’s favorite movie!

Here is the synopsis from the press release:
Broken Lizard is back and this time America’s favorite new comedy group (of the runaway hit Super Troopers) takes off on a trip so outrageously fun, it’s murder.

Welcome to Coconut Pete’s Pleasure Island, a sun-kissed, booze-soaked resort where high-spirited comic hijinx are about to meet up with machete-wielding horror. It all starts when a group of fun-seeking young travelers arrive on the island ready to party with the resort’s staff, who are there to provide them with every legal form of leisure on earth, and then some. Run by the washed-up pop star Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton), still basking in the fame of his hit 70s single “Pina Colada-Burg,” the island provides the ultimate kick-back holiday . . . that is, until islanders start kicking the bucket.

When dead bodies start to show up in surprising places, the 24-hour party is in danger of grinding to a halt. But Coconut Pete wouldn’t dream of bumming out his guests. So, while the resort-goers tan, guzzle and get their groove on, the staff frantically attempts to figure out who is stalking them.

No one escapes suspicion. Could it be Sam (Erik Stolhanske) of the Fun Police brigade, who is quick on the trigger of his tequila-loaded super-soaker? Or is it Jenny (Brittany Daniel), the over-sexed fitness instructor whose aerobic mentor met an untimely demise? Perhaps it is Juan (Steve Lemme), the Speedo-wearing dive master with a mysterious South American past; or Putman (Jay Chandrasekhar), the bratty-British tennis coach with the frighteningly bogus accent. Then there’s Dave (Paul Soter), the ecstasy-crazed, jealousy-fueled nephew of Coconut Pete; and who wouldn’t be afraid of the new guy Lars (Kevin Heffernan), a burly masseur with a special “touch” that can render anyone into instant Jell-O?
As the tension mounts, and the killer takes out staff members one by one, those who are left must battle against time, terror and their own scary incompetence as they fight to survive. . . It’s just another day in paradise.

Broken Lizard’s Club Dread is the third feature film from the five-man comedy group who also created Super Troopers and Puddle Cruiser (which took Best Film at the Hampton’s Film Festival). The film is written by Broken Lizard and directed by the group’s Jay Chandrasekhar. The producer is Richard Perello.







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Picture quality for this DVD is average to below average.

The picture definitely has its issues, but I will start with the good. The colors are nice and vibrant. Scenes never looked washed of color. Skin tones are accurate. Black levels are pretty good.

Now for the bad! Edge enhancement is atrocious! I have never seen a movie yet with so much edge enhancement. In one scene it is so bad, that it actually causes a mirror image of these two girls’ arms and shoulders. Now, that scene could also be some sort of reflection, but they are outside, so who knows. I got a screen shot of it, so you can check it out for yourself. Film dirt is all over the place, nice big lines and spots of it throughout. Compression issues are a factor as well. There is artifacting in the background on a lot of scenes, and generally a lot of background noise period.

No real surprises here folks, this is a small budget film and it shows in a lot of ways. I feel that the screen shots that I captured are just about all you need to see of this movie for most of you. Check out the naked chicks, and they eye candy of Brittany Daniel, and save yourself the $3.95 rental fee. (I like to affectionately refer to these screenshots as the “SIX PACK ABS” Gallery!)




SEE FOR YOURSELF!: (click on the picture for a bigger version of the screen-shot)


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More screen shots here: WARNING, THESE SCREENSHOTS CONTAIN NUDITY! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!






Picture Quality Rating:
Picture: 2 / 5
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Sound...

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The DVD is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1

Audio was average. Dialog was clear throughout. There was a little bit of LFE and the surrounds kicked in a little bit with the jungle scenes. That is about it!







Sound Quality Rating:
Sound: 3 / 5
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Extras...



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Commentary #1

This commentary is by Director Jay Chandrasekhar and Erik Stolhanske. Jay and Erik are very subdued and flat. They are not necessarily enthusiastic about it and their commentary tends to drag a bit. Although, you get good insight on the way certain scenes were filmed and which extras are their friends and what not.


Commentary #2

Writer Kevin Heffernan, Writer Paul Soter, and Steve Lemme, serve up this second commentary. This commentary for me was much more entertaining. These 3 sort of much it up and have a good energy and Kevin Heffernan almost seems to know more about the movie than the director. They also talk about scenes that they hate and are embarrassed are even in the movie.



Soundtrack Spot

Self explanatory!

Total Running Time: 00:31








Extras / Bonus Features Rating:

Extras: 2 / 5
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Conclusion...





Rent this movie if you must! Buy it only if you are a Broken Lizard Fan. For everyone else, move past it on the DVD stand.








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#2 of 29 ChrisBEA

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Posted May 10 2004 - 12:43 PM

Thanks for the review. I agree for the most part.
I had a heckuvalota fun watching in the theater but probably won't buy until it hits BB's 2fer deals, which i think will happen rather quickly....

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Posted May 10 2004 - 02:39 PM

This movie was such an upset! I wasexpecting the same brilliant humor, writing and timing of Super Troopers and instead I got this crap. It was way too long, and very unfunny! Rent Super Troopers. Let this piece of crap remain a flop. Posted Image

#4 of 29 Matthew Chmiel

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Posted May 10 2004 - 03:00 PM

Club Dread was almost as great as Super Troopers.

I knew from the start that this was going to be an entire different animal than Super Troopers and I enjoyed every minute of it. Instead of a total goofball comedy like their past film, Broken Lizard makes a damn fine horror comedy, even if the third act wasn't as good as the first two.

The entire "Pac Man" scene was pure genius and worth the price of admission alone.

Next to Elena Lyons naked of course.

#5 of 29 Will K

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Posted May 10 2004 - 03:31 PM

I thought it was very enjoyable. It wasn't the most laugh-out-loud movie I've ever seen, but I thought it was silly and amusing enough. Bill Paxton did a nice job. I can see why some might see it as a dud, but I guess Broken Lizard is somewhat of an acquired taste.

I wonder why the trailer seems to be MIA on the disc. Kind of strange for Fox.
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#6 of 29 Justin_S

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Posted May 10 2004 - 04:09 PM

I absolutely adore this film, and it has become my second favorite comedy of all time. Despite the very lackluster Super Troopers, I was looking forward to this film because not only was it a horror spoof, but it also had Bill Paxton and one of the top 3 most gorgeous and charming women I've ever laid eyes on, the magnificent Jordan Ladd. I saw it, and along with the great elements I already mentioned, I was blown away by how truly hilarious the film was. I was virtually crying I was laughing so hard at parts, and the humor is far from the only great thing about the movie. It has great classic slasher elements, all the actors are fantastic, and do wonderful jobs, and there are some truly great ideas like the aforementioned Pac-Man scene. An outstanding film, and there is no chance in hell I'd pass up the DVD!

#7 of 29 Andy Patrizio

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Posted May 10 2004 - 05:58 PM

Well this movie will serve on purpose. I can now show it to friends who need a lesson in what edge enhancement looks like. Posted Image

#8 of 29 Sven Lorenz

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Posted May 10 2004 - 07:30 PM

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Despite the very lackluster Super Troopers,


Finally someone who agrees with me - I thought Super Troopers had some good gags but failed as a movie.

That's why was so surprised that I really liked Club Dread.

Too bad they couldn't do a better DVD - I've read that there's over an hour of deleted scenes and a very long gag reel.

On the official website (for the movie, not for Broken Lizard) one of the guys has posted something about the DVD:

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I have things to say about the release which I won't.


Maybe there'll be a better edition somewhere down the line (isn't there always?).

#9 of 29 Justin_S

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Posted May 10 2004 - 07:43 PM

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Finally someone who agrees with me - I thought Super Troopers had some good gags but failed as a movie.

Yeah, I definitely don't think its nearly as funny or good as many people do. Some good parts for sure, but overall very mediocre.

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Too bad they couldn't do a better DVD - I've read that there's over an hour of deleted scenes and a very long gag reel.

I completely agree. I'd kill to see those deleted scenes, and gag reels are always fun. No trailer is a shame too. I really wish Fox would have included more stuff on here, and I really don't see why they didn't. If there was another release down the line, I would definitely pick it up.

#10 of 29 Bill GrandPre

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Posted May 11 2004 - 06:22 AM

From clubdread.com:

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Sorry some of you missed it in the theater. I have things to say about the release which I won't.


Given the context I think he's referring to the theatrical distribution of the film, not the DVD release. "Club Dread" didn't come to my city so I didn't get to see it theatrically.
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#11 of 29 Harminder

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Posted May 11 2004 - 01:29 PM

This movie sucked. Plain and simple. I absolutely loved Super Troopers and had high expectations for this film. After watching it in theatres, I wanted my life back let alone my money.

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#12 of 29 Doug Schiller

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Posted May 11 2004 - 02:01 PM

I'm still on the fence whether to bother to watch this. As a huge fan of Office Space, someone recommended SuperTroopers to me. After about 45 minutes of death like quiet, I could watch no more. If only the movie was half as funny as the director's thought it was.

I can't see subjecting myself to another one of their films. I guess I just don't get their humor.

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Posted May 11 2004 - 02:19 PM

This was simply one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. I actually felt like I was watching a slasher film from the late 70's/early 80's; but this one is on crack! The great thing about many of those films was that they were fun and at the same time amazingly violent and scary. I really miss that type of entertainment.

It's easy to see why it flopped, because they marketed it as a completley comedic Scary Movie-type film when it wasn't. It was a more of a comedic satire, I'd say. However, I guess some people don't like the idea of combining serious horror with serious laughs (see any discussion about Robocop 2). Plus, the studio was dumb enough to open it up against the other great horror movie of the winter, The Passion of the Christ.

This movie definitely delivered where other recent "retro" horror wannabes (Freddy Vs Jason, Cabin Fever) came up short.

It would have been nice for them to have done something with the "Coconut Pete" songs that Bill Paxton's character sings, since they were so creative and since they are not available on the soundtrack. This film also screamed for some type of "making of" featurette, since everyone appeared to be having such a good time in the movie.

The cover is certainly better than the theatrical release poster, since it more accurately advertises the film as a quasi-serious horror film. One can't be too critical of this disc though, since the film only did pull in five million at the B.O.

I would disagree with this being a film only for fans of Super Troopers, since that was a movie that I really have no interest in, yet I really loved Club Dread.

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Posted May 11 2004 - 04:11 PM

I thought it was very funny, and was really surprised that the film didn't at least match Super Troopers' box-office performance. As for the DVD, I'll wait until the inevitable two-pack with Super Troopers.

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Posted May 17 2004 - 10:24 AM

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"Club Dread" is presented by Fox in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 pan & scan. Each edition of the film is housed on opposite sides of a dual-sided, single-layered DVD. The picture quality was excellent for the majority of the running time. Sharpness and detail were first-rate pretty consistently, with only a couple of scenes appearing a tad softer than the rest. The picture was free of nearly all of the usual flaws, displaying only a very minor compression artifact or two. Edge enhancement doesn't appear, nor do any print artifacts. The film's bright, vivid color palette appeared well-saturated throughout.


From http://www.currentfi....bdreaddvd.html

In another thread I was talking about the complete uselessness of reading the video part of reviews - this really proves my point.

#16 of 29 Bill GrandPre

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Posted May 17 2004 - 04:29 PM

Does anyone have any info on the DVD release of "Puddle Cruiser" that's more specific than "This Summer"? It was supposed to coincide with "Club Dread" but that's obviously not happening.
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#17 of 29 Adam Tyner

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Posted May 17 2004 - 11:59 PM

Bill: The simultaneous release of Puddle Cruiser with this DVD is even mentioned in one of the commentary tracks. The last on Broken Lizard's official site was posted two months ago: "To all the Puddle Cruiser seekers: The Vid/DVD should hit the shelves this June/July." As far as I can tell, it was never officially announced or solicited to retailers, so I guess this can't technically be considered a delay.

#18 of 29 Sven Lorenz

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Posted May 28 2004 - 09:59 PM

In the first commentary one of the guys says during one scene "I hate that scene." and the director says something like "You won't see it in the extended version - I've cut it out." and on the second commentary, when talking about scenes that had to be cut for time, they refer to what they're watching several times as the "theatrical cut".

So I guess there is going to be an extended edition.

#19 of 29 Will K

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Posted May 29 2004 - 12:23 AM

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So I guess there is going to be an extended edition.

I noticed when I had the disc in my PC, the volume label shows as CLUBDREAD169_RATED. Perhaps that suggests there is another version waiting in the wings?
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#20 of 29 George_W_K

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Posted June 01 2004 - 10:01 AM

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I found this movie to be prettt funny for the most part. As mentioned a couple of times, the Pac-Man game was very creative.

As for Super Troopers, I really didn't think it was all that funny, but the opening scene is definitely a classic in my book.