After watching Dead & Breakfast, I feel like it is somewhat unfairly overlooked. I didn’t love it, but I definitely liked and enjoyed it. It’s a high-quality movie, albeit one with some flaws, and it surprises me it doesn’t have more of a following.
Ironically, I’d guess one of the reasons D&B doesn’t have a big cult following is it obviously tying very hard to be a cult movie. It’s just a little too self-conscious and tongue-in-cheek for its own good and I think that turns a lot of culty people off. That said, it never gets in its own way like some movies trying hard to be cult do. It keeps the film/story itself front and center from beginning to end.
The story follows a group of young, attractive people on their way to a wedding. Naturally, they get lost and end up in the titular bed and breakfast, only to get stuck there when the cook is murdered and the proprietor dies of a heart attack. Before long, one of them has opened a box containing an evil spirit and bodies are being reanimated left, right and sideways.
The story unfolds in standard horror-movie fashion, from the mysterious stranger who knows what’s really going on to the bad-ass final-girl showdown. There are enough twists and turns to liven things up, but many of them are the aforementioned tongue-in-cheek asides and self-aware meta-references, such as two of the main characters arguing about whether or not the zombies are really zombies.
Oh, and there are some weird musical interludes where a narrator sing-narrates what’s happening, plus a big song-and-dance numbers from the zombies themselves. Me, I like stuff like that. If you don’t, this is not the movie that is going to change your mind.
This film also marked the second ZMMM 3.0 appearance from David Carradine. He was much better in this than Autumn. It also had Jeffrey Dean Morgan, one of my favorite character actors ever, as a backwoods sheriff with an unending supply of impossibly cliched sayings for every occasion.
For my short, I watched Le Queloune, a recent vintage French-Canadian film about a clown who comes back from the dead and has to adjust to his new life. Or unlife, I guess. Enjoyable for its method of reanimation (Mentos + Diet Coke = LIVING DEAD CLOWN!), its ending and the fact that zombie clowns are inherently terrifying. Enjoy it for yourself via the embed below.