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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 island's various crackpot employees. And they have to figure out who before there's no one left...

This film provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Juan continuously mispronounces Penelope's name as "Peenalop" throughout the whole movie.
  • Apocalypse Anarchy: Parodied: at the climax, where all of the guests are scared out of their minds because they now know there is a killer on the island thanks to the killer dangling all of the hosts' corpses from the dance hall ceiling, the whole group riots and does such things as have sex while wearing calamari costumes.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Rolo. The flashback shows him lying to Sam about not having weed, desecrating an old tombstone for laughs, and insulting Putman. The former is why Sam kills him.
    • Dirk. He goes out of his way to insult Putman and his last moments are spent scaring and hitting on a clearly uninterested Jenny.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sam.
  • Badass Boast: Subverted. Hank starts to give on of these to the killer, and gets his throat slashed before he can finish.
  • Berserk Button: When a drunk guest asks Coconut Pete to play "Margaritaville" instead of his hit song "Pina Coladaburg", he walks off in a huff, cursing about how he came up with the song seven years before.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Juan's Dark Secret is that he fucked a goat when he was a teen. The most hilarious part is when he gives his Motive Rant, it's like this:
    Juan: I was lonely! (breaks down sobbing) We (as in him and the beast) were just a pair of stupid kids!
  • Bond One-Liner: "The fun is done!"
  • Bowdlerize: There are actually two versions of the poster being used as the page image; the only difference between them is that the woman has a miniskirt on instead of a bikini bottom.
  • 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.
  • Closed Circle: One of the first things the killer does once the spree begins is to steal the two dinghies that are used to transport guests to the island and smash the radio.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Coconut Pete, Putman, and Penelope.
  • Covers Always Lie: See the bikini-clad woman in the cover holding a knife? That scene never happens. The killer isn't even female.
  • 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.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Putman. Dirk mocks him by using a Jamaican accent when they first meet and Dave speculates that he is the killer because his hair looks like an octopus, like from the Coconut Pete's song.
    "Am I the only one who thinks his head looks like an octopus?"
  • Everybody Already Knew: Jenny deflates Putman's declaration about Dave's supposed Dark Secret by saying everyone knew how his parents died and that he's Pete's nephew.
  • Expy Coexistence: Coconut Pete to Jimmy Buffett, to the point that Pete calls Buffett a hack because one of his songs supposedly was plagiarized for "Margaritaville".
  • Femme Fatale: Penelope. Or so we're led to believe at first.
  • Fingore: Kelly dies after she nearly runs off a cliff and tries to grab onto a branch to steady herself. She ends up grabbing the blade of the killer's knife instead, slicing her fingers open before falling her to death.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Sam threatens to take someone's head off if they come near his cabana. Guess who the killer turns out to be?
    • He's also the one to point out how the way the bodies are found is connected to the lyrics of Coconut Pete's song.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Sam gets cut in half by a rope tied to a speedboat.
  • Homage: The upper half of Sam's body tries to grab Penelope out of the boat in a manner highly similar to Jason Voorhees at the end of the Friday the 13th (1980).
  • 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.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Naughty Cal" ends with Coconut Pete saying a very spooky "we're all gonna die!" and performing an Evil Laugh, which makes everybody nervous when they try to make sense of the song's lyrics. Becomes spookier when they find Dave's head on a record player that is playing "Naughty Cal" and it gets stuck on "we're all gonna die... we're all gonna die... we're all gonna die...."
  • Loony Fan: Lars is apparently one for Coconut Pete. Everyone finds multiple photos of Pete that have cut outs of Lars' face crudely glued onto them, but it turns out despite this Lars is both harmless and not the killer.
  • 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!"
  • Off with His Head!: Stacey manages to make it almost back to the resort only to stop and take a breath when it's within eyesight, giving the killer time to sneak up on and decapitate her.
  • 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: Putman thinks Dave is the killer when he reveals to everyone that Dave's parents were trampled to death at a Coconut Pete concert. Also, Pete is Dave's uncle and Dave is likely to inherit the island once Pete dies. This is meant to be seen as a major revelation... except Jenny tells Putman that everyone knew about Dave's parents and his relationship to Pete, chastising Putman for his lack of tact. Oh, and Dave reveals he acquired the rights to the island days before people began dying, so it wouldn't have mattered if Pete was dead or not.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: No real way to describe Coconut Pete's Island Resort other than this.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Big Bad gets one towards the end. Stabbed repeatedly, drowned, severed in half with a rope, and his legs are implied will continue to pursue the protagonists once they ride off into the sunrise.
  • 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.
  • Tropical Island Adventure: The movie is set on a fictional tropical island in the Caribbean.
  • 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?
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Jenny barely escapes the killer electrocuting the resort's pool in the third act and spends the rest of it running around in a bikini with a shirt on top.
  • 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!".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Putman dramatically reveals how Dave's parents died and how he's Pete's nephew, Jenny asks what the hell is wrong with him saying everyone on the island already knew that.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The Coconut Pete song "Naughty Cal", which actually factors into the plot: The murders initially seem to be based on 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: The killer pretends they're getting attacked in order to lure the surviving characters into harm's way. Specifically, Sam fakes drowning in a mud bath.