Dead & Breakfast: Rob’s Review

Story: After being stranded at all old bed & breakfast, all hell breaks loose for a group of friends as an evil spirit is unleashed and zombies attack!
The Film Itself: I’d seen a trailer for Dead & Breakfast a few weeks back and was curious as to what this film was all about. Turns out my suspicions were correct! This is a full out horror/comedy with plenty of gore and musical numbers! It is great? Not exactly. But it’s far from bad either. If anything, it’s a really fun little film and I’m glad Anchor Bay was the company behind this flick. Visually, it’s very cool, especially the comic book panel transitions. The movie itself reminded me a lot of Takashi Miike’s ‘The Happiness of the Katakuris’. (Hey, bed & breakfast? Musical numbers?) It’s cool to see recognizable genre actors such as Jeremy Sisto (MAY, Six Feet Under) and Gina Phillips (Jeepers Creepers) here. Surprisingly, one of the cast members was Oz Perkins, son of the late, great Anthony Perkins (aka Norman Bates) And well… that damned David Carradine shows up too. (Could it have anything to do with the fact that his niece Ever Carradine is the lead?!) Erik Palladino as David steals the show and is probably the funniest part of the movie. Look… some of the reviews on the box actually say “The best independent horror movie of the year” and quite frankly, that is a BOLD statement considering some of the great stuff we’ve been covering here on Icons this past year. But regardless, ‘Dead & Breakfast’ is good old fashioned fun for a not too serious late night screening.
Special Features: As with almost every Anchor Bay release, there’s plenty of goodies on this disc including a few commentary tracks, some bloopers & deleted scenes and more. It also comes in a cool hologram cover. -robg.

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