Dead and Breakfast
Six friends on a road trip stop for the night at a Bed and Breakfast in the sleepy town of Lovelock. After a night that leaves both the Inn's owner and chef dead, the gang finds themselves under suspicion by the local Sheriff. But that's only the beginning as nearly all of the town's quirky residents become possessed by an evil spirit and pin down the friends inside the B&B.
The idea was good, but there were too many shortcomings for this movie to meet its potential for me. The lack of traditional "zombies" truly ruined this movie for me. They could have done so much with this! It hurts me just thinking about it!! The guy that keeps randomly showing up and singing kept the movie from being a total bust though.
Humour and horror proves to be a difficult one to pull off - getting the laughs and still maintaining scare factor is something rarely achieved in the zombie genre. However, Dead and Breakfast manges it well.... It's not seamless but it works.
The first 10 minutes will have you wondering whether you'll be able to stick around for the duration, the acting is below standard and the plot looks to be the classic format of 'young adults stay at haunted house' but very quickly after, the pace picks up the and the bad acting becomes part of the appeal.
If you're in it for the gore you'll love the impressive and realistic death scenes and the plot thankfully strays from the usual virus/infection scenario and goes down a more welcomed spiritual possession path.
Oh, and who doesn't love a film with a few good chainsaw deaths!
"It's like a bad horror movie!"
I was very pleased with this little indie film. Of course, it's zombies, so how can you go wrong (well, go watch Day of the Dead 2: Contagium to see how. But I digress)? A group of folks stumble across a Bed & Breakfast in the middle of Texas en route to a wedding and mayhem ensues. Of course, that's a very small nutshell in which to wedge the synopsis, but it's good enough to explain the basic elements of the movie. What makes this such a very surprising film is the humor. It's not as funny as "Shaun of the Dead", but what works best is the narration sung by Randall Keith Randall (Zach Selwyn from 'Attack of the Show'…
Combining horror with humour is always a tricky turn to pull off, but DEAD AND BREAKFAST succeeds, especially during its musical sequences, which add a sense of absurd joy to what could have otherwise been a rote zombie effort.