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Club Dread is a Broken Lizard film. That'd be the same comic geniuses that gave us Super Troopers and Beerfest. This time, we're on a tropical island run by Jimmy Buffet Bill Paxton, this movie's token celebrity, playing a drugged-out singer running a party resort. The other Lizards are the staff, who immediately start getting machete'd to death by a mysterious slasher.

It's a slasher flick, with all of the usual tropes that involves - sex, nudity, drugs, violence, stupid people doing stupid things. I think that the movie improves on repeated viewings, though, because once you know who the killer is some of the earlier bits make more sense.

Best bits of the movie, though, are Steve Lemme and Jay Chandrasekhar playing their bizarre roles (Costa Rican dive master and English tennis instructor, respectively). Their accents are funny, but Lemme's role (Juan) is also kind of sweet and earnest, and the English Putman is a complete tool, but Chandrasekhar manages to make it creepy in just the right amount.

One thing I like was how much attention they paid to throwing out multiple options as to who the killer was, but none of them pan out or really get followed up. It might be Jenny, since her co-workers tend to die off. It might be the creepy, over-earnest girl with the hots for, wait, she's just an incredibly sheltered gymnast. But her coach would come after her like a deranged lunatic! Or, it might be Lars, since he's a crazy Coconut Pete fan. Or...ah, hell with it. The movie is fun in a way that not all slasher flicks manage, and I place it just below Beerfest on the Broken Lizard scale.

My Grade: B+
Rewatch value: Medium-high

Next up: Clue


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