Dead & Breakfast Matthew Leutwyler

Simply put, if you enjoy the pun in the title of this film, chances are you'll enjoy what Matthew Leutwyler's film has to offer. However, if, like any intelligent human being, you can see past the bad pun and the desperation in casting C-list celebrities (depending on where you rank David Carradine after his post-Kill Bill Tarantino resuscitation) to give a low-budget horror film a boost, Dead & Breakfast is merely a bad attempt at cashing in on the success of zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. The film's typical "road trip gone wrong" plot tries its hand at not entirely clichéd ideas, but it never fully reaches the impact it so desperately shoots for. The handling of the zombie genre is more ignorant than inventive, as the "thinking" zombies' attack by possession of a live human through blood loss wanders too far off the lumbered path and fails to have the same effect as a good zombie bite. The musical interludes featuring singing actor Zach Selwyn are juxtaposed nicely in parallel to the story, but his comedic songbook is some exasperating country rap music that never agrees with the ears. The cast is filled with recognisable faces, like the awful Diedrich Bader and the wonderful Portia de Rossi, but whatever talent there may be is simply wasted, including Carradine's. The one shining moment in the film though, depending on whether you like senseless gore, is when Erik Palladino's character is savaged with a chainsaw. The sarcastic commentary wears thin quickly, unlike the desire to physically harm star Palladino, who never loses his annoyingly confident drawl. But it is interesting to learn some behind the scene facts about the film, such as discovering the scene where the apocalyptic sign carrier has his head blown off was cut in order to receive an R rating. The deleted and extended scenes, and blooper reel fair even worse, as they fail to provide anything, save lengthening the tortuous experience that is watching this film. Plus: alternative commentary, additional music, poster and still gallery. (Anchor Bay)