Dead & Breakfast

Cover Art and Menu: 8/10
This is a classy cover, I will say that much for it. Lenticular is the word of the day. According to Wikipedia: A Lenticular is a printed image that shows depth or motion as your viewing angle changes. I like to see that kind of effort on cover art, too bad it’s better than the movie hiding inside..awe, that’s mean.

The menus are pretty cool and go along with the groovy opening titles of the film. Lots of black and red and crazy artwork. The package does set up a certain atmosphere for the film, which is always an appreciated effort as far as I’m concerned.

Extras & Features: 5/10

  • Poster & Still Gallery – Photos of cast made up in their bloody costumes, which is kind of cool.
  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director – They love making these movies and it’s obvious when they talk about it. It’s a good way to learn how to be a student gore film maker if you are interested in that kind of thing.
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes – Not much here that would have done anything for the cut of the movie.
  • Blooper Reel – Bloopers, we know what that is, I hope.
  • Additional Music – Some songs that were meant to be used between scenes but when you watch the movie you’ll see that if they had all been left in it wouldn’t be funny anymore, just annoying.

The Movie: 6/10:
First of all, THIS IS NOT AMERICA’S ANSWER TO SHAUN OF THE DEAD!!! No matter what the cover says, that’s a bunch of bologna. Shaun of the Dead is a modern classic from our friends across the big pond. Dead and Breakfast is a blood fest flick from Hollywood that’s it, nothing more, nothing less.

Bed and Breakfast? DEAD and Breakfast? Dead and Breakfast. Dead and Breakfast. Hmmm, it has a certain 80’s horror ring to it, with a touch of 90’s coziness, and 21st century sarcasm tossed in for good measure. As you watch the opening titles it’s quite obvious that you are about to be taken on a somewhat budget tongue and cheek adventure, severed tongue and cheek potentially, but hey that’s the nature of comedy horror 🙂

Comedy horror may sound like a strange combination, but when you think about it, all horror has an element of humor. We have become immune to the gore and we understand the rhythm of how even the most “serious” bloody story we lay down cash to watch. Dead and Breakfast follows the classic formula: Group of idiots + rural creepy town + lame mythology + living dead + musical interludes. Oh, hadn’t I mentioned the cute little songs you will get at points of interest throughout the story? That’s right, not only does this movie “take the piss” (as the Brits say) out of the Horror genre, they have the balls to toss in something special, corny music.

A local band with their charming lead singer/guitar player take us from disturbing scene to more disturbing scene with songs about what will be happening in the next phase of the story. The music is a relief as I watch these somewhat funny slapstick gore bits and gags. I might actually be lulled by the blood, bad one liners, and cheesy storyline into thinking this is a serious scary movie. It isn’t.

We all remember Scream with the clever little characters who dissected the most common dos and don’ts of being in the middle of a horror flick. Dead and Breakfast doesn’t approach it all quite so obviously, but it’s in there. They are making fun of horror flicks and paying homage at the same time. We get the joy of bad performances, mind numbing dialogue, a creepy sheriff, jokes about small town folks, and a group of annoying losers who get stuck someplace they most likely will meet their pain-lovin’ maker.

David Carradine and his daughter Ever headline Dead and Breakfast, but why? Why would Mr. Carradine choose such a role at this point in his career? I won’t explore that question any further, but let’s just say that this is the most intriguing part of this movie.

With zombie-like hicks, a severed head puppet, a chainsaw, and lots of overly dramatically delivered swear words (don’t get me wrong, I love swear words! But it gets boring after a while) I’m not sure whether to recommend this movie or not. I would say that if you like funny bloody stuff like Dead Alive, Evil Dead, etc., you will appreciate it. If you are a fan of anything else, you might want to go to your DVD shelf and watch an old favorite instead.

I give credit where credit is due. This movie is not trying to be anything more than what it is. It’s nothing more than a good time with lots of unnecessary red body fluid flowing freely, simple as that. Admittedly it does offer up several laughs, but if you are not completely brain dead, you will be rolling your eyes several times just to cope with the goofiness of it all. If you are going to see this movie, just go with it. When you see this group of trendy wanna-bes headed for obvious danger, don’t expect it to get any better, it doesn’t. From sexy chicks getting covered with blood to the hot shot take charge guy getting his head lopped off..oh, don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. Trust me, you won’t care one darn bit who gets which sharp implement shoved into their various body parts. They are all very disposable, very unsympathetic. I say good riddance to each and every one of them. I mean that in the nicest way, of course.

The special effects waiver from decent to crap, so be prepared for some old school make up and blood work. We aren’t talking big budget here folks. It’s more like, “grab the ketchup, lots of ketchup, and squirt it all over that wall.” kind of budget. If you like that particular style, cheap, you’ll love it. I had a lot of fun watching this movie, it’s not a modern classic, but it’s memorable for sure.

Value: 5/10
I wouldn’t pay more than $4.50 for this DVD, but hey, that’s just me. You can find it for around $15 online. I say rent it on the cheapest day at your local rental joint and spend the cash you save on a modern classic horror movie like 28 Days Later or the latest remake of Dawn of the Dead.

Overall Score 6/10