Dylan Dog: Dead of Night was released in 2011 and it bombed. I find it to be an underdog, as it makes me laugh and it’s not pitching itself to be an Academy Award-winning film. It has a perky sense of humor, special effects, and a fun take of supernatural creatures ranging from zombies to werewolves. Is it the brightest light bulb out of the pack? Nope, but it doesn’t have to be in order to have a good time. If you like schlock humor, here are five reasons to head on over to Amazon and rent it this weekend.
Feel free to hate on me for this one. I can take it.
#1 – It’s a comic movie
Dylan Dog was a comic from Italy. It was written by Tiziano Scalvi. Sound familiar? That’s the same guy that helped bring Dellamort Dellamorte (aka Cemetery Man) to life. Some hate those works – I find them to be lovely, humorous and deep. Given, this isn’t a stellar adaptation of the comics, but it’s a good starting point, and we could all use a gateway to something new. If you dig comic action that’s not your typical Iron Man or Captain America fanfare, then watch this and then go dig up the comics.
#2 – Sam Huntington losing it
Huntington (of the American version of Being Human, as well as the sweeping Disney epic Jungle 2 Jungle) plays Marcus, Dylan’s sidekick that gets turned into a zombie. There are some points where an actor screaming and freaking out will grate on me. When Huntington does it, it doesn’t get old for me. I loved the disbelief, and his meltdowns are, in a word, fun. The hot dog gag makes me laugh every time. I think part of why I laugh so hard is the knowledge that deep down, if I was changed into a zombie, I would totally be Marcus.
Marcus freaking out is great.
#3 – Local hero
Representing Rochester here. Taye Diggs hails from our lustrous city. Now I won’t watch any old movie because he’s in it, but I’m willing to make an exception here because, well, vampires and Taye Diggs. Taye’s a point of local pride. We love ya, Taye.
#4 – It’s surprisingly decent
It has stupid laughs and it’s predictable, but it’s a good enough time. Is it going to break new ground? Not really. But think of this one like pizza from Little Caesar’s. Sometimes, you don’t need good pizza; you need good enough pizza. This one is good enough for when you don’t want to overthink something. Some days, we need a movie like that. It’s hard to go in super-serious all the time. To paraphrase John Barrowman criticizing working with Christopher Eccleston, no one can be that intense all the time. This one can offer you a laugh and a break at a discount.
Really dig the creature.
#5 – Brandon Routh doing comedy
I’ve said this multiple times on this site, but Routh is funny as shit. He’s got great timing as a smart ass, and he can pull off a straight face with completely ridiculous things going on all around him. I envy this because I could not handle it. I’d be giggling. I’d get my ass fired so quickly. Routh really needs to do more comedy. This one has some moments that make a good case for it (my personal favorite is when he walks in on Marcus getting pretty).
It may not be winning awards, but it’s good, mindless fun. Give it a try this weekend.