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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

A movie directed by Kevin Munroe

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Dylan Dog... brought back the feel of Whedon's Buffy

  • May 5, 2011

Dylan Dog is one of those films that feels like it was made in the 90s, and had at some point probably aired on Sci-Fi (before it became Syfy) and had a large enough following to have a small indie production company offer it a limited theatrical release.  The actors are your typical sci-fi "studs" circa now... and could have just been an added episode to the Being Human series that is now airing on the network.  Granted Sam Huntington is playing a zombie named Marcus in Dylan Dog rather than a semi-pathetic werewolf, but even Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) has one of those "has-been" vibes going on in his portrayal of the lead character Dylan.  And of course lets not forget Taye Diggs who sadly offers nothing more than an impeccable smile throughout the entire film even though he is supposed to be the "big bad"... well technically.

I'm not exactly sure where to start with this film since it first started out like an old throw-back to PI films, where as the trailers lead us to believe that Dylan was supposed to be this "watcher" of sorts which I found quite interesting since it would be like a "b-film" version of the Night Watch series that came out of Russia.  I couldn't help thinking "Oh cool a campie watcher film... SWEET!"... but sadly the only thing that kept my interest was the overly cheesy dialog, Buffy/Star Trek style make-up from the early 90s, and the horrible continuity throughout the film that ultimately turned into a scavenger hunt as to how many mistakes were not caught (**if you go watch keep a close look at Digg's teeth... you'll be able to figure out which "monster" is him and which is his stunt double**).

Granted I will say that the film does have a few moments of glory in the campiness of the film when Dylan and Marcus are sharing the screen, and I will admit it was nice to see some of the "old" vampire make-up making a quick (and hopefully brief) come-back, but other than that this film is sadly nothing to write home about.  And please don't even get me started on the female love interest.  Anita Briem, who plays Elizabeth, might be a pretty face to look at for the 107 minute running time, but she is a worse actress than the ladies of the sexploitation era.  I myself found The Jezebels (aka The Switchblade Sisters from 1975) to be quite hilarious, but man can Anita Briem give these ladies a run for their money on lack of talent.

Over all I would say wait for Dylan Dog to come out on DVD and then maybe pick it up on a rainy night if you have nothing else to do.  I give Dylan Dog a 2 out of 5.



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May 05, 2011
Very cool review!! I liked this one as parts but I have to say as a whole the flaws started looking at me. It was just too light, and it felt like an episode of show than a movie. I liked its fun factor though and this had some good campy moments that made me laugh. Yes! Thanks for the write up!!
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review by . May 01, 2011
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A Clever Little Low-Budget Occult-Horror-Comedy That Proves Quite Competent and Fun!
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review by . August 22, 2011
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Half a star out of ****     There are so many problems with "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night" on first sight; one of them being the PG-13 rating. Can you truly make a successful horror comedy with such a rating? I mean, Sam Raimi did it very well with "Drag Me to Hell", but that's Raimi we're talking about. He is a master of the horror comedy; and it was a return to form. But "Dylan Dog", an adaptation of the long-running Italian comic-book series of the same name, is so bland and contains …
review by . May 03, 2011
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