Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Add To My Top 10
Silly, Occult Vampire Noir
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Genre: Action Horror/Mystery
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Kevin Munroe
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For years, Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh) was well known throughout the supernatural underworld of New Orleans as the go-to guy to solve the mystery cases of the occult. However, after his girlfriend was brutally killed by a group of rogue vampires, Dylan got out of the business and became a normal P.I., a photographer-for-hire who works cases of adultery and insurance fraud.
When a werewolf kills a well-known local businessman and a zombie bites Dylan’s friend, Dylan is thrust back into a case that will open old wounds and reignite old feuds. As the murder mystery unravels, Dylan learns of an ancient spear that, when used in a blood ritual, will awaken an ancient demon with enough power to kill every member of New Orleans’ undead subculture. Dylan, along with his friend who is now a zombie, must find the spear before it falls into the hands of a power hungry vampire who’s intent on summoning this ancient demon.
DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT is a campy mix of action and horror. The acting, namely Brandon Routh, is very poor. The one bright spot in the cast is Sam Huntington, who plays Dylan’s best friend and zombie sidekick. He delivers some levity to the movie, which is often weighed down by forced dialogue and laughable, B-style action. The movie has a noir-style narrative, but it fails to capture any of the other stylistic elements that make for a truly captivating film noir.
The movie also contains a very strong, occult worldview, with no redeemable aspects whatsoever. There’s some sexual content, strong foul language, drug use, strong miscellaneous immorality, and an over-abundance of violence and bloodletting. The movie’s abhorrent content will keep away media-wise viewers, while the movie’s poor quality will probably keep away most everyone else.
DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT is a campy mix of action and horror. The acting by Brandon Routh in the title role is very poor. The movie also contains a very strong occult worldview. There’s also some sexual content, plenty of foul language, drug use, and an over-abundance of violence and bloodletting.