Dead & Breakfast

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A group of six friends are headed to a wedding, but thanks to a bad sense of direction and no map skills, the trip takes some wrong turns. After being unable to find their location on a map or seeing any signs of how to get back on track, the decision is made to pull over for the night. After all, some sleep and a fresh start might be just what they need to sort out their situation. The town of Lovelock is where the friends make their stop and while the town has no motels, there is a bed and breakfast. The owner and his chef turn out to be unusual characters, but soon enough, the friends settle in for a good night’s sleep. But when a couple of them wake up in the night, they discover that the chef and owner have been killed. This sets into motion a chain of events that involves a demon spirit, possession, and homemade shotguns. Can any of the friends or locals survive the demonic assault, or are they all doomed to perish in Lovelock?

As a fan of horror cinema, I’ve been disappointed countless times by films that were given so much hype, only to be mediocre or worse. Dead & Breakfast is a film I had heard a lot about, mostly good to great, but even so, I held down my expectations. As it turned out, Dead & Breakfast was by no means a disappointment, even if it wasn’t a complete success. You have to admire the filmmakers, who blend slapstick with gore, then toss in country music interludes as a bonus. A film that is so bold is sure to get tripped up down and again, but on the whole, Dead & Breakfast was a blast to watch. The formula of splatter and laughter is well balanced, with ample laughs and a massive dose of blood and gore. The zombies aren’t the standard type, as they talk and even dance, but within the framework of the material, it sort of makes sense. I give Dead & Breakfast a more than solid recommendation, as it was a lot of fun to watch.

Video: How does it look?

Dead & Breakfast is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer looks terrific, for an indie production or otherwise. The flaws are very minor here, with some slight pixel breakup present and edge enhancement, but in the end, these aren’t enough to hold back this superb transfer. The colors look rich and bold here, with accurate flesh tones and no signs of bleeds in the least. I found the contrast to be flawless also, as black levels were razor sharp and detail is rich throughout. I have no real problems here and as such, I am giving it high marks.

Audio: How does it sound?

The surrounds are used a lot in this one throughout, which adds a lot to the film’s atmosphere and that is vital to a picture like this one. When it needs to, this track can boom and even the bass kicks like a mule, but even the low key scenes pack a solid punch. The music sounds solid here also and the dialogue is sharp, never lost in this mix, even when it reaches a fevered pitch. In the end, this is a superb audio track and I think it helps the film’s effectiveness a lot. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround soundtrack.

Supplements: What are the extras?

If you love hilarious group commentary tracks, then you’re in for a double treat here, as we have a pair of outlandish sessions on hand. Each track is headed up by director Matthew Leuwyler, who is joined by different cast and crew members in each one. I listened to both from start to finish and loved both, as each has a lot of cool behind the scenes information, plus tons of laughs. Not much else you could want from these tracks, so make sure you give them both a spin at some point. This disc also includes a blooper reel, some deleted scenes, and the film’s promotional trailer.

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