Review: Dead & Breakfast

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Dead-and-Breakfast-Poster

Property of Anchor Bay Entertainment

Released: 2004

Directed by: Matthew Leutwyler (Unearthed, Road Kill)

CastJeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino, Bianca Lawson, Oz Perkins

Dead and Breakfast is a self aware b-movie, country-style zombie romp.  If line dancing zombies aren’t reason enough to entice you to watch this bloody mess, then you clearly need more evil spirits to possess your poor soul.

The cast stars a few familiar faces from some of my favourite chick flicks.  Jeremy Sisto (Clueless), Bianca Lawson (Kendra from Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Oz Perkins (Legally Blonde).  Together with three other friends, they set out in an RV on a road trip to Galveston  for the wedding of their friend (a hilarious cameo by Portia de Rossi) and promptly get lost.  They end up in the small town of Lovelock and decide to stay the night at a bed and breakfast run by a creepy owner named Mr. Wise (David Carradine) and a really intense French chef.  Tensions start to run high before the first piece of deli meat falls to the ground, and by morning the group finds themselves the suspects of a murder investigation.  Their situation is made worse when one of the friends accidentally unleashes the evil spirit of the monstrous “Kuman Thong”. Soon they become trapped in the bed and breakfast and need to find creative ways to fight off the townsfolk who have all been transformed into zombies.

The movie is a clear reference to The Evil Dead right down to the over-the-top chainsaw scene, and though this film may not be breaking any new ground, the blood splatters are generous, the b-movie dialogue is on point, and did I mention the line dancing zombies?  The slapstick fun is just enough to keep you hanging around, but the characters fall flat and any suspense is lost somewhere between the line dancing zombies and buckets of blood.  This is one hotel that you only need to visit once.

Recommended snack:
One of the best lines in this movie is when in the midst of battle one character states: “I can’t kill anyone. I’m a vegan”.  So in honour of her strong vegan stance, try baking up a batch of these Vegan Gluten Free Quinoa Date Squares.

FUN FACT: Oz Perkins is Anthony Perkins son, looks like he’s following down the same horror path as his father!  Keep up the creepy work!

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