DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
In New Orleans, a private eye for the dead investigates weird things in the underworld of vampires, werewolves and monsters.
Is it good movie?
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night has a hell of a lot going for it. It has great style, great flow, great characters, and somewhat great special effects. But something remains off. Something doesnít quite fit like a 50 year old dude in a dance club. For one, the movie is a too cheeky for its own good. It wants to be to scary, dark, and comical, a balance thatís damn different to find. Think American Werewolf in London. Yes, it has a lot of silly moments that make the coldest of us laugh, but more than anything it remains a horror picture. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night doesnít find that balance. It strives too hard to be humorous, which ruins any chance of taking the horror seriously. And you know that's important. Otherwise, itís just kinda dumb.
Secondly, the dialogue sucks balls. I know it's attempting to emulate the detective genre of the 1940s, but it doesnít work. At least in the hands of Superman. I'm not going to bash Brandon Routh, who stars as Dylan Dog. Dude seems like a nice guy. He seems like a decent actor. But he is not Dylan Dog. He stands out like hooker in church amongst all the freaks, weirdos, and monsters here, but he's so stiff, so dry that he's completely miscast. He doesn't work. His voice doesn't work. Routh is just too clean cut, too handsome, and too normal sounding to play a PI for the dead. He tries, and tries hard but each time the movie finds a heavy moment, his narration lightens the mood, which isn't the affect director Kevin Munroe wanted (or at least I assume so).
To be honest, by the time the credits rolled, I was disappointed, but different from that of just a shit flick. No, the disappointment came from the potential. Movies like this don't come along very often, so itís a shame this one was mishandled. Which only means this type of movie isn't going to come around too often again.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.
Any movie living by the tagline, ďNo pulse. No problem,Ē should be a hellva ride. Dylan Dog almost makes it there, but casting and direction leave the potential lost somewhere in a grave.