I Loved Dylan Dog – Suck it Critics!

That’s right, I watched Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and loved it! The film has been getting a lot of negativity from various websites and crabby-assed critics, but to hell with them because while the movie isn’t some deep Oscar-worthy masterpiece featuring A-List celebs and all that nonsense critics love, it does have zombies, vampires AND werewolves, which automatically earns it 500 hundred awesome points on my rating system.

For those new to Dylan Dog, the film was actually adapted from Tiziano Sclavi’s best-selling international comic book, and it tells the tale of detective Dylan Dog (obviously). Dylan (Brandon Routh) has been entrusted with the  job of inspector for the supernatural, he is the one unbiased human that brings justice to the undead that cross the line. But of course, working with creepy zombies, drooling werewolves and cocky vampires is no easy task.

Hired by the sexy heiress Elizabeth (Anita Briem) to find out who murdered her father and recover the mysterious artifact they stole from him, Dylan and his zombie sidekick Marcus (Sam Huntington) delve into the world of vampires, werewolves and zombies in order to discover the truth. But what starts out as a small job quickly turns into something much larger, and much more dangerous. Searching throughout New Orleans, Dylan and Marcus come face to face with an assortment of big, bad and disgusting evils on their quest to save the races – human and undead.

Dylan Dog definitely wasn’t a big high-budget blockbuster, but it wasn’t supposed to be. The special effects weren’t the best, and the werewolves looked a bit ridiculous, but it still did the job. This movie was meant to entertain the paranormal lovers, the Dylan Dog comic fans, and even those that enjoy a bit of film noir. I loved it because not only did it have a badass story featuring an assortment of supernatural beasties , it was also absolutely hilarious.The film held a fairly serious tone, but there were loads of fantastic comedic moments tossed in a just the right moments.

And speaking of comedy, it was Sam Huntington that really made this movie for me. He stole every scene he was in, making each one hilarious in his own special spastic way. Routh was a great lead, however, he was a bit stiff. All eyes were on the awesomely awesome Marcus. I absolutely love Huntington, not only in this movie, but also as werewolf Josh in Being Human. Someone needs to give the guy more roles for sure.

Overall, I loved the film. It wasn’t a high-budget masterpiece, but it was highly entertaining, and really, that’s what I want in a movie.

Have any of you seen it? What did you think?

– Moonlight

By moonlight

One of the writers for werewolves.com, as well as vampires.com.

6 comments

  1. I watched it, and they had all the pieces to make a good movie, but I don’t feel they pulled it off. Its not bad, per se, but it wasn’t good. The problem was mostly the writing. There were some very questionable plot decisions, such as

    Dylan entrusting a very important item to “someone he can trust”, and the someone turns out to be a a dude who tried to kill Dylan as a sworn enemy a few scenes earlier. WTF?!

    A few other parts really left me scratching my head. Very poor continuity and cause/effect. Another draft or two of the script really was needed.

    On the other hand, the effects were good enough, no complaints there. The mega-zombie-monster-thing was pretty awesome.

    The actors did the best they could with what they had, and I agree, Sam Huntington pretty much stole the show. I would love to see him do a lot more!

    1. I agree, the script wasn’t perfect, but in spite of that I enjoyed it. Maybe I’m just easy to please ;)

    1. It’s pretty well balanced – an equal amount of vampires, werewolves and zombies. There were some transformation scenes, but they weren’t all that spectacular. You couldn’t really see much due to clever camera angles. I get the feeling they didn’t have the funds to shoot full-on transformation scenes.

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