Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dead and Breakfast

--Reviewed by Lindy Loo

Plotline: A group of young folks are headed across the country to a friend's wedding. When they get lost on the way, they decide to spend the night at a bed & breakfast in the middle of some hick-town. When they wake up in the middle of the night to find their hosts dead, they immediately come under suspicion by the local law. Toss in a shady drifter, a strange country-music band, a box that allows its owner to put people under his mind-control (sort of like zombies, but they don't have to be dead first) and you've got yourself Dead and Breakfast.

Scariness factor: It's in the spoofy vein of Shaun of the Dead so not so much.

Gross-Out Factor: HIGH HIGH HIGH. Way over-the-top with massive amounts of blood, eye-gougings, slit throats, etc.

Complaints: For some reason, they decided to structure the film by having a country-western singer pop onto the screen every once in a while to sing a little song that narrated what was going on in the movie. I *wanted* to like it, but really, it was just kind of irritating and pointless.

High Points: This movie has some really good black-comedic moments in it that will make you laugh out loud, my favorite being the one shown in the pic below, where one of the main characters is indulging in a late-night snack in the dark kitchen of the b&b when his girlfriend comes to find him and flicks on the light, only to reveal their cook hanging in the corner with a slit-throat, blood all over the floor and walls. The male lead freaks out and stands up to run out of the kitchen, only to spend a GRATUITOUSLY (and riotously) long time slipping, sliding, and falling in the blood on the floor since he can't get any traction because of its slipperiness. Great moment. This movie is also HORRIBLY over the top with its gore, kind of akin to Dead Alive where occasionally you just find yourself laughing because it is SO ridiculously gorey that it's funny.

Overall: All in all, I thought this was a fun movie. It has a lame ending, and it's structured a little bit irritating, but it will make you laugh and then be horrified that you're laughing.

Grade: B+



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