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Club Dread

2006-03-30 12:30


Welcome to Coconut Pete's Pleasure Island, a sun-kissed, booze-soaked resort where high-spirited comic hijinx are about to meet up with machete-wielding horror.

It all starts when a group of fun-seeking young travellers arrive on the island ready to party with the resort's staff, who are there to provide them with every legal form of leisure on earth, and then some. Run by the washed-up pop star Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton), still basking in the fame of his hit 70s single "Pina Colada-Burg," the island provides the ultimate kick-back holiday . . . that is, until islanders start kicking the bucket.

When dead bodies start to show up in surprising places, the 24-hour party is in danger of grinding to a halt. But Coconut Pete wouldn't dream of bumming out his guests. So, while the resort-goers tan, guzzle and get their groove on, the staff frantically attempts to figure out who is stalking them.

As the tension mounts, and the killer takes out staff members one by one, those who are left must battle against time, terror and their own incompetence as they fight to survive . . . it's just another day in paradise.

What the critics are saying:

"A disappointingly routine horror movie spoof that follows the well-worn path of the Scream and Scary Movie franchises."
- Dave Kehr, New York Times

"With Club Dread the Broken Lizards are too busy enjoying themselves to be concerned with whether or not we are enjoying ourselves. Which we aren't."
- Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine

"Most of the movie is just blood and bodies, some of the dead, some of them topless, and none of them interesting."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

A bunch of good-looking youngsters arrive at a resort expecting sun, fun and frolicking. Instead they end up being murdered one by one. Familiar? Definitely. Funny? Not a chance.

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