Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Needs More Blood
Despite the efforts of the people involved, Dead & Breakfast does come off as a poor man's version of Shaun of the Dead. Actually scratch that-Dead & Breakfast is more of a pale imitation of the gory Peter Jackson films that Jackson made before he went all Lord of the Rings on us. Regardless, this movie does have its moments, and some of the humor works. There is a remarkable amount of blood, so much that the filmmakers must have decided that was the answer. The characters are not particularly likable or memorable, and yet I had fun watching this movie. Its a good way to pass the time, and half of it works as a zombie musical thanks to some local cowboy who ends up telling the story via song. He deserved more screen time: in fact, he should have been the main character. Oh well.
Naturally this is one of those "People unleash the evil, the undead rise up, bad things happen" type of movie. While the campy aspects are rather intentional, they result in a mixed bag since the movie is either trying too hard, or not hard enough. As noted, there are plenty of jokes which means the movie wisely stopped trying to be scary, yet the comedy lacks the notable flow necessarily to make it work all of the time, instead of only part of the time. If you are looking for a movie that is a nice diversion for a crappy weather day, this is your film. However there are far more entertaining and better movies than this one that you could chose from. Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) comes to mind. 78