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A weird mix of horror, comedy and one rapping, country zombie-singer,
This review is from: Dead and Breakfast (Unrated Edition) (DVD)
Dead and Breakfast has to be one of the most off-the-wall, oddball, horror-comedy splatterfest I've seen in quite awhile. The only thing I can think of to compare to would be Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. Some think this also has a feel of Raimi's Evil Dead II, but even Raimi's splatterflick had genuinely scary moments to balance the comedy.
I first read about Dead and Breakfast from Aint-It-Cool-News. I read that it was suppose to be some sort of zombie comedy and America's answer to the excellent British romzomcom (romantic, zombie, comedy) Shaun of the Dead. Well, that was all I needed to hear. I bought the dvd once it was out for sale and I have to say that it got the comedy part right and somewhat the zombie part. The zombie's are more like spirit-possessed people. I saw no gutmunching and limbs being ripped off unless it was the zombies themselves being hacked and chopped to pieces. Dead and Breakfast didn't skimp on the gore and splatter gags. And for a low-budget film most of the gags and gore-effects were pretty well done. But outside of the gore and blood there really wasn't anything scary about the movie to help balance the over-the-top comedy side of things. When I say over-the-top I mean it. There's a whole sequence of zombies busting out into a country line dance number all the tune of a trio of a rap-country zombie band doing a set on-top of an RV. I must say that this movie is weirdly funny.
The acting is typical of most low-budget horror flicks. Though I'm surprised that the quality isn't abit higher with a few young actors who have done better work such as Gina Phillips, Jeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino and David Carradine. I think the actors couldn't decide whether they should act just funny enough and serious when it came to be serious or just be over-the-top. I think if they all just went overboard with their performance it would've added more to this film. If I had to pick a stand-out performance then I'd have to say Erik Palladino's character of the boorish David would fit the bill. He seemed to know that the dialogue wasn't meant to be taken seriously and any of the scenes. He seemed to be one who was having the most fun on the screen.
In the end, Dead and Breakfast is one of those movies that will be seen as a cult hit on the midnight circuit. It'll do well for those Mystery Science Theater 3000-type of movie nights where people watch and add their witty comments with much beer to be had. I really think alcohol consumption would make watching this film a more enjoyable endeavor. There's not much scares to be had for a horror movie, but it sure has a belly-load of laughs, gags, and bloody slapstick.