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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

A movie directed by Kevin Munroe

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One of the worst films of 2011; stupid, absurd, low-budget, PG-13 trash.

  • Aug 22, 2011
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 nothing but talentless, low-budget devotion. I'm sure it was made with good intentions, but man, who knew good-natured filmmaking could be so boring?

I suppose my problem isn't the fact that the filmmakers weren't daring. The low-budget kind of shows in the action sequences and special effects, thus, making the film with the chosen director attached was a poor decision. The film has a semi-appealing cast headed by Brandon Routh, who just last year starred in the totally-radical-and-awesome "Scott Pilgrim VS. The World". There, he was given material that was seemingly written for him. He was over-the-top in a good, almost charming way; here, he's just mediocre...at best.

Where do I begin in my review for what is without-a-doubt one of the worst films of 2011? Oh yes, I'll start with the story. Private detective of the paranormal Dylan Dog (Routh) is forced out of retirement after a werewolf kills a young woman's father, which could be the beginning of a fued between the living, the dead, the furry, and the creatures of the night (AKA the vampires).

Dylan and his new lady-friend, the one who lost her father to the hairy beast (the werewolf) are accompanied by Dylan's old semi-partner who has recently died and been zombified. They go around trying to stop this war from even starting, and yeah...that's pretty much all you need to know.

I can't believe I just said that. The basic story is NOT all you need to know. I believe that it is my duty to tell you WHAT went wrong with the film's simple premise, and why this move just flat-out sucks. It has to do a lot with the existence of the production alone. Why was it made? It couldn't have been good, given the budget and the genre; not a good combo. If you're going to make an action movie, you need to make it for action FANS. I mean, even "Battle: Las Angeles" has better action sequences. And that's saying a lot, considering that every single loud, violent action scene present in that film just plain sucked.

I love a good paranormal story, and this material (the "Dylan Dog" comic series) could have made for an entertaining movie. The reason it's not entertaining is because it combines bad acting with horrendous dialogue with completely unfunny "comedic" situations. I'm all for finding humor out of the undead, but this film doesn't even try to appeal to the crowd that will do just that. It's chock full of generic gags and one-liners, all which sound lame in the end, but luckily, it's all forgettable. I can't say the same about the experience; it's pretty damn agonizing. It's movies like these that have people staying away from the cinema, frequently. I have no sympathy for a film this stupid and revolting in style. It has no class, nor is it funny...at all. Did I mention that it features Peter Stormare in a completely wasted, uninspired, and all-around corny role? Yeah, there's another problem when it comes to "Dylan Dog". The list is endless, I could go on-and-on-and-on, but what's the point? Just don't waste your time.

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review by . May 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A Clever Little Low-Budget Occult-Horror-Comedy That Proves Quite Competent and Fun!
It is a well-known fact that I am a reviewer who has a fondness for low-budget horror movies and I can tolerate movies that have cheesy special effects as long as it matches a clever grim humor around a film’s premise. I also love comic books and mature graphic novels as long as they have little marketing gimmicks behind them. Well, seems like “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” meets most of the requirements of a cheesy B-movie flick and it sure does feel more polished than what I had …
review by . May 05, 2011
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review by . May 03, 2011
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Star Rating:         Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is one of those movies that must have sounded great on paper – a horror comedy about a private detective whose clients are zombies, werewolves, and vampires. Indeed, there was the potential for it to be a lot of fun. It was all wasted, I’m sorry to say. Adapted from Tiziano Sclavi’s Italian comic book series Dylan Dog (completely unread by me), the film is a classic case of skimping in some areas, namely …
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