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Broken Lizard's Club Dread

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Produced by Richard Perello
Written by Broken Lizard
Starring Bill Paxton
Kevin Heffernan
Brittany Daniel
Steve Lemme
Jordan Ladd
Jay Chandrasekhar
Paul Soter
Erik Stolhanske
Greg Cipes
M.C. Gainey
Music by Nathan Barr
Cinematography Lawrence Sher
Editing by Ryan Folsey
Distributed by Fox Searchlight
Release date(s) February 27, 2004
Running time 103 minutes
Extended cut:
118 minutes
Language English

Club Dread (also known as Broken Lizard's Club Dread) is a 2004 comedy/horror film, written by the comedy group Broken Lizard, who also created Super Troopers. It is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the group members.

Though the story is set on an island in Costa Rica, filming took place in Mexico.

The opening overhead shots of the island were actually clips lifted from Danny Boyle's film The Beach.



Club Dread follows a familiar plot that stems from the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. In the movie, Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton) is a has-been rock star who runs a non-stop party on his private island. Dead bodies begin to turn up, and the staff tries to solve the murder mystery without any of the guests learning of the murders. The staff members each have to try to avoid becoming the next victim, as the killer can only be one of them. One by one, they fall prey to the murder. But who is the killer on coconut island? That's for the staff to find out, one way or the other.


On one of the disc's commentary tracks the filmmakers state that they screened the film for Jimmy Buffett, who was so amused that he requested permission to sing some of the film's songs on one of his live tours.

Alternate version

In 2005 an unrated edition was released to DVD. This version of the film contains an additional 15 minutes of footage for a 118-minute running time. It features several extended scenes, and also restores a subplot involving two cops (played by Paco Mauri and Tony Amendola) that was absent in the theatrical edition. Director Jay Chandrasekhar states in one of the disc's commentary tracks that the original R-rated version is still the director's cut.

Critical reception

Club Dread has received mixed reviews, scoring 45% on review aggregator site Metacritic based on 28 critics reviews, and 30% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 96 reviews. According to Rotten Tomatoes the overall consensus was "Comedy is too hit-or-miss in this slasher spoof".


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