A Review By Cult
Looking back I think it was the familiar title that grabbed my attention, the second Evil Dead movie had a sub-title that's somewhat similar. There are a slew of movies whose title revolves around the words dead and dawn and I'm sure any metalhead reading this will recall a little ditty by Deicide many years ago entitled much the same thing.DbD (shortened to save on digit damage) follows a small group of teens and their adventures following an unfortunate accident involving a rather mystical glowing container of ashes that resides upon a suspiciously low shelf within a quaint occult establishment. The accident occurs when the story's main character, wishing to impress a 'crush', disregards his grandfather's (played by ...”Great Scott!”...Christopher Lloyd) who warns that, ”no one should come within spitting distance of it”, when he reaches for the mysterious urn to give the interested party, his dream girl, a closer look.
This is a horror movie, so why wouldn't he?
In typical Zom-Rom-Com (see what I did there!) fashion (stay with me folks! the main character's are teenagers so who would've expected love interests, right?) there is oddball, implausible behavior and even an occasional act of bravado and heroism.
Predictably enough this movie plays out like many with the same storyline before it, a checklist includes but is not limited to; an age old curse, several deaths, ironic twists and a quest to find selected items to quell the aforementioned curse. Unlike other films, however, there are a couple of unique differences which in my describing I will endeavor to limit the emission of any spoilers (I'll try).
Strangely the curse appears to follow parameters set by the group as the urn lay smashed between them, an enjoyable plot twist resulting in scenarios, albeit predictable at times, that are quirky and border on the absurd.
Midway through Burt, a poetic gent intent on wooing one of the main female leads, scales a wall to exit an apartment balcony (which is two stories up) he falls, as he plummets (before landing with a splat!) he utters, ”I don't know why I did that.”
Ummm because you’re an idiot and this is a movie. (Sorry, had to interject that – Feind)
Another scene revolves around not “making eye contact”, the finale of which includes a gas station going up in flames and a disgusted comment to the effect of, ”this mask didn't work at all.” Yet another starts when Casper (weird that the main character is named after a friendly ghost, it's an undead movie!) finds his mother in the bathtub hugging a toaster, believe me it continues to get only more bizarre.
Scenes similar to these are found throughout the movie, I could list them all but I don't want to pull a “Feind” (haha - cus' he likes to spoil them! Feind’s response: Bite me Cult, just bite me!, proving the movieonly has it's tongue- (firmly) -in cheek and only more recommendable by me because of it.
Another difference I will begrudgingly gripe about is the lack of nudity.
Not once did I witness anything slightly resembling a pair of perky teen breasts, aren't these scenes mandatory in teenage based horror movies? Or are my viewing peculiarities dated? (Does anyone remember the 80's?) The film lacks full frontal male nudity also (wait wha-!). I digress and find my concentration lacking somewhat.
The film's concept straddles two genres, it is the discussion over the broken cursed urn which has produced of all things a unique type of aggressor... a Zemon!
Much like lore used in Idle Hands (another enjoyable Horror-comedy), and it goes without mentioning: all three Evil Dead films, an ancient text provides instruction on how to combat the curse. This has of course been done before, there are countless other examples I won't mention, but there is a scene which makes this film's adaptation comical, ”I hate Apteryxes”
DbD is well shot and well acted, many of the characters have a recognizable presence, I believe I've seen many of them before but am unable to place where.
The comedic timing is great and scenes are well executed, many films in this genre are guilty of falling short in this regard with the resulting consequences being that the movie becomes horrid and near unwatchable. DbD does however have a few moments that are easily forgettable, but not nearly enough to warrant the film a failure by any means.
As a part of the Thy Demons Be Scribblin team that is more partial to movies of this nature I give this my recommendation, even though the gore quota is lacking somewhat but I base that solely upon the other movies I have enjoyed.
I wonder at times if I may have set this specific bar too high by being a drooling fanboy of such films as Bad Taste, Brain Dead and Black Sheep.
Fans of movies such as Dead Snow, (a lesser known Canadian movie) Suck and the comedic stylings found within the Scary Movie franchise will for sure enjoy this. Give it a moment of your time, the worst that can happen is that you'll hit STOP, demand your hard earned cash back and not bother taking note of my opinions again.
Just THE SHIT!