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Club Dread

The Lizard Returns

On a remote Costa Rican island, someone is killing the resort staff. The resort staff consists of the Broken Lizard comedy gang, the same kind-hearted folks who brought us Super Troopers, which, in case you didn't know, gets better with each viewing. Perhaps that's really the only litmus test for a comedy: it has to continue to get better and funnier each time you see it. It's hard to say whether this one will get funnier with each viewing, but one thing is for sure: the first viewing was hilarious.

What's fairly incredible is the how gory Club Dread is. People are being slaughtered, and the killer's weapon of choice is a machete. While the movie is extremely funny, it's also at times difficult to watch because of the brutality of the killings. However, as long as you have a strong stomach for violence, you should be fine.

Perhaps one of the funniest things about Club Dread is its basic premise. The resort is owned by Coconut Pete, a Jimmy Buffet knockoff played superbly by Bill Paxton. Instead of wasting away in Margaritaville, Coconut Pete poisons himself in Pina Colada-berg. It is surely Paxton's finest role since, as Chet, he uttered the words "A greasy pork sandwich in a dirty ashtray." If you don't know who Chet is, please punch yourself in the groin. Be honest- you know who you are.

Anyway, Club Dread is a damned funny movie. There isn't much more to say about it. There were several laugh-out-loud scenes and the fine people in Broken Lizard are able to keep a great comedic pace throughout the movie. It's certainly a great follow up to Super Troopers, and it's clear that Broken Lizard is only polishing their game.

Stars (as judged for a COMEDY; we're not talking The Godfather here): 4.5 out of 5