Dead & Breakfast Release Date:20 July 2006 (Singapore) Genre: Comedy | Horror | Musical Director(s): Matthew Leutwyler Writer(s): Matthew Leutwyler Starring: Portia de Rossi, David Carradine,Jeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino,Bianca Lawson A lot of reviewers have been creaming their panties over Dead & Breakfast as of late, but honestly, I don’t see what’s so great about […]

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Dead & Breakfast
Release Date:20 July 2006 (Singapore)
Genre: Comedy | Horror | Musical
Director(s): Matthew Leutwyler
Writer(s): Matthew Leutwyler
Starring: Portia de Rossi, David Carradine,Jeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino,Bianca Lawson

A lot of reviewers have been creaming their panties over Dead & Breakfast as of late, but honestly, I don’t see what’s so great about it.

A horror comedy similar in form to Shaun of the Dead, meaning that an actual horror movie is going on with an actual plot that just so happens to contain comedy, Dead & Breakfast is full of the humor that someone who watches “That 70’s Show” would consider ‘upscale.’ It seeks to be clever, but aside from a fantastic last third, Dead & Brakfast just isn’t all that good.

A group of friends on route to the wedding of their bitchy friend (Rossi) have car problems and have to make a stop-off in the creepy town of Lovelock, Texas. Staying at a bed and breakfast run by Mr. Wise (Carradine, father of star Ever Carradine), the group doesn’t get much time to relax. By the end of the night the unfunny French chef is dead from a stabbing, and Mr. Wise has succumbed to a heart attack. One of the friends accidentally opens a warned-about box, which proceeds to let loose an evil spirit that begins to turn residents of the town into half-zombies. While they still have human characteristics, they’re still demented creatures that want nothing more than to kill the remaining twentysomethings.

The last twenty-five minutes of Dead & Breakfast are awesome. It packs on the gore, adds a bit of intense action, and is actually quite funny. Much of the other fifty-five minutes feels forced, with jokes that just aren’t any good. The singing gas station attendant is a cute idea, but it seems like it’s used more to explain the plot rather than to deliver laughs. When they make their last appearance, of course in the last twenty-five minutes, it’s wonderful though. The leader of the zombies uses a severed head as a puppet throughout the movie. That’s not funny. That’s not me being offended by violence either. It’s just not funny.
There’s some really off-the-wall stuff that works well along the way, and the finale is great, but it’s very uneven. Big horror fans will enjoy this one, but casual viewers will likely be quickly turned off pretty quickly. I’m the middle about it.

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