Dead & Breakfast
March 30, 2006
Rated: NR Runtime: 88 min Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Dead & Breakfast is the type of zombie movie that polarizes fans of the genre. They will either love it or hate it.
The movie starts off with six friends driving down the highway in a camper, headed to their friend’s wedding. They get lost and end up in a small town, and are forced to stay the night at a local Bed & Breakfast. Then things go terribly awry.
I’ll leave you with that setup so you can enjoy the movie spoiler-free. Okay, one quick spoiler: there are line-dancing zombies.
I actually hated D&B for the first thirty minutes or so. I felt the movie was trying to be all things to all horror fans: funny, scary, gory and ironic. The movie wasn’t committing to any of these recognized styles of horror storytelling, and it was quickly becoming a sloppy mish-mash with no identity.
But at some point, I began to appreciate the movie for its hodge-podge of styles. It was probably during the country/rap song “I’m Comin’ To Kill Ya”, which was accompanied by the aforementioned zombie line-dancing. (I guess saying zombie line-dancing is redundant, since line-dancing is a pretty zombie-like activity.)
By the last third of the movie, the story has gone completely over-the-top, with gore that rivals Evil Dead and even Dead Alive at times. At this point I had fully embraced the movie and was loving every second of it. When the credits rolled, I was ready to watch it again. (And I did.)
On the DVD box cover, a quote compares this movie to Shaun of the Dead. I think they are completely different movies. They both have zombies and they’re both one helluva ride, but that’s where the comparison ends for me.
If you’re not a horror purist and you like fun mixed in with your zombie movies, Dead & Breakfast is a DVD you absolutely must own.
Popularity: 19% [?]
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