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Film / Club Dread

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Club Dread is a 2004 comedy horror film written by Broken Lizard, best known for Super Troopers and Beerfest.

Lars, a big fan of washed up singer Coconut Pete, arrives on his private party island to start his new job. His timing couldn't be worse however, as there is a killer among the islands various crackpot employees. And they have to figure out who before there's no one left...

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  • Accidental Misnaming: Juan continuously mispronounces Penelope's name as "Peenalop" throughout the whole movie.
  • Asshole Victim: Dirk.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sam.
  • Bond One-Liner: "The fun is done!"
  • Chekhov's Gag: Penelope's gymnastic training is only showcased once when she does a stunt to get in bed with Juan before having sex with him and then doesn't figures out in any way in the plot until the climax when the hosts must jump off a cliff to get to a boat and when Penelope does so she pulls a perfect reverse twist.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander: Coconut Pete, Putman, and Penelope.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Sam decides to Kick the Dog and scare all of the guests at the climax by dangling up all of the hosts he's killed so far from the rafters of the ballroom.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Sam says that the reason for his killing spree was because Rolo lied about him not having his weed (which he then used for himself). It is then subverted when he realizes his real reason seconds later.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When Juan is trying to find out if Penelope is the killer, he ends up sleeping with her instead.
  • Femme Fatale: Penelope. Or so we're led to believe at first.
  • Foreshadowing: Sam threatens to take someone's head off if they come near his cabana. Guess who the killer turns out to be?
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Sam gets cut in half by a rope tied to a speedboat.
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  • Implacable Man: Sam is apparently killed three or four times in quick succession at the climax with the "final" death being cut in half by a rope... and then the final scene pulls an The End... Or Is It? by having his legs swimming behind the boat that has our heroes riding into the sunset.
  • Low-Speed Chase: How Yu meets her end.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Coconut Pete is an obvious Jimmy Buffett parody, complete with having a Signature Song called "Pina Coladaburg". Played With because Pete hates Jimmy Buffett and claims he ripped off his act.
    Coconut Pete: (about Jimmy Buffett) ''"Son of a son of a bitch! Mother motherfucker!"
  • Oh, Crap!: Putman after Jenny handcuffs him to a bed by accident and the killer spots them.
    • "You manacled me to my death bed, you picadilly whore!"
  • Open Secret: Putnam thinks Dave is the killer when he reveals to everyone that Dave's parents were trampled to death at a Coconut Pete concert, and not only is Pete Dave's uncle but Dave is likely to inherit the island once Pete dies. This is meant to be seen as a major revelation... except Jenny tells Putnam that everyone knew about Dave's parents and his relationship to Pete and chastises him for his lack of tact. And Dave acquired the rights to the island days before people began dying, so it wouldn't have mattered if Pete was dead or not.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Big Bad gets one towards the end.
  • Red Herring:
    • Both Penelope and Putman are odd, but neither one is the killer.
    • Penelope mentions in passing while giving her reason why she's a host on the island (getting fed up with an Education Mama that wanted her to be a gymnast) that her former trainer was a psychotic Drill Sergeant Nasty that would have hunted her down to the ends of the Earth and killed anybody who got in the way to force her to continue training. The man never appears.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: Jenny is this to Putman. He even lampshades it twice, first:
    "Really Jen, am I the ONLY one?"
    and again with:
    "Oh, Jenny, you've got your arms around me. I can only assume this must mean EVERY other man on the island is dead."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Putman to Jenny. She even finds out that he stole a pair of her panties.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Lars knows a technique that allows him to alter his body mass and make himself temporarily skinny, which is how he got out of the closet despite the window being so small.
  • Who's on First?: One of the main characters is named Yu, so of course there would be a little of this:
    Juan: Pete! Yu and Hank are dead.
    Coconut Pete: Why? What did we do?
    Juan: No, man. Yu and Hank are fucking dead.
    Coconut Pete: You threatening me?
  • The Walrus Was Paul: Sam lampshades how stupid the others are by thinking "Naughty Cal" actually factored into the pattern of the killings and says "I'm the walrus!".
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The Coconut Pete song "Naughty Cal", which actually factors into the plot: The murders initially seem to be based off the song, but the lyrics are so nonsensical that trying to use them to figure out the killer's next move proves impossible. When asked about what the song means, Pete says that he was on so many drugs at the time that he doesn't even remember writing it.
    Jenny: Our lives depend on us interpreting the dumbest fucking song I've ever heard!
  • Worf Effect: Hank is hyped up as a former FBI agent who helped stop numerous serial killers before he started working on the island. He's killed within a minute of meeting the killer.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Sam pretends to be drowning in a mud bath in order to lure the surviving characters into harm's way.


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