Club Dread DVD Review
Reviewed by Peter West
DVD released by Fox Home Entertainment
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Written by Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter & Erik Stolhanske (as Broken Lizard)
2004, Region 1 (NTSC), 104 minutes, Rated R
DVD released on May 25th, 2004
Bill Paxton as Coconut Pete
Jay Chandrasekhar as Putman
Kevin Heffernan as Lars
Brittany Daniel as Jenny
Steve Lemme as Juan
Paul Soter as Dave
Erik Stolhanske as Sam
Jordan Ladd as Penelope
Coconut Pete's Pleasure Island is your typical hedonistic island paradise. The resort is run by Coconut Pete, (Bill Paxton) a '70s singer whose life of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll have taken their toll on him. After a new group of tourists come to the island, one by one the staff gets murdered. The prime suspect is the legendary "Machete Phil" whose spirit haunts the island looking for his penis, which he accidentally severed.
As the body count grows, we learn that each staff member may be hiding some grudge against Coconut Pete or another member of the staff. Is the killer Jenny, (played by the lovely Brittany Daniel) the aerobics instructor? Could it be Lars, the masseuse with the magic fingers? Is it Putman, the tennis pro who's still trying to lose his virginity? Is it Sam, the fun police,whose job it is to make sure they all have a good time? Could it be Juan, who has a secret sexual past could be the killer or Dave, whose parents were trampled to death at a Coconut Pete concert? Maybe it's Penelope, (pronounced Pee-nah-lope) the horny guest with the secret agenda? Did Coconut Pete take one too many hits of acid?
With drug use, lots of scantily clad women and of course premarital sex abound, the scene is set for a slasher whodunit that will keep you guessing 'til the very end.. Of course, if you don't find the story interesting enough, there's plenty of shots of Brittany Daniel wearing next to nothing to keep your eyes on the screen! This Pythonesque comedy will keep thinking and laughing the whole way through as you piece together the clues from the lyrics of 'Naughty Cal,' a song that Coconut Pete can't even remember recording.
The comedy troupe of Broken Lizard has put together what I think will be a comedy slasher classic. With dry and overt humor, Club Dread is a slasher comedy that succeeds where most fail. In other words, it's not stupid! This is the best group comedy since Monty Python was in their heyday! Broken Lizard includes small homages to some of the greatest horror films of all time, but in a way where it does not detract from the film. From the maze tribute to The Shining or the Halloween tribute of the killer's vision through the mask, they're well placed and bring a knowing smile when they occur.
Let talk about the babes in this movie. Well, let's talk about Brittany Daniel! Some may think I have included too many screenshots of the lovely, voluptuous Ms Daniel... Well a pox on your house! I almost included about twenty more! She is so hot! With that sensual smile and those "yeah, I want to do it" eyes, the lady is a goddess. I could watch this movie over and over just to check out that hot tight bod, even though it would probably kill me if I ever got a hold of it. No, she didn't do any topless scenes... I can only guess the budget wasn't big enough....
Club Dread is the kind of film when you watch it that leaves you thinking "this is a heck of a lot better than I expected." Bill Paxton should get an Oscar nod for supporting actor for his role of Coconut Pete. His portrayal of a burnt out rocker that can't even remember recording most of his albums is hilarious! The first thing I did after watching this film was get online and order Super Troopers, Broken Lizards last comedy. Trust me on this. You're gonna want to buy this DVD!
Video and Audio:
A vibrant 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer brings out all of the detail on the gore and of course, the boobies! As with most new films, picture quality is outstanding.
Dolby Digital 5.1 for English and Dolby 2.0 surround for French and Spanish are included on this DVD. This mix of Reggae songs and Coconut Pete's sea shanties are highly entertaining! The music provides thrills, both real and cheap, as we try to figure out who's the killer and who is next to go!
There are two commentary tracks for the film: One with Jay Chandrasekhar and Erik Stolhanske, and another with Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Paul Soter. Both tracks are filled with inside information on behind the scenes tidbits and a lot of well-natured ribbing. A promo spot for the soundtrack is included as well. Unfortunately, there's not a trailer for the film, A small disappointment for me.