Box art for Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

comedy, horror, sci-fi & fantasy

Based on one of the world's bestselling comic book series with over 70 million readers worldwide, DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT blends horror, humor and sophisticated storytelling set in the backstreets of New Orleans.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Violent detective/horror/comedy combo wastes a good idea.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comic book-based detective story about a human in charge of keeping tabs on a community of vampires, werewolves, and zombie in New Orleans has both horror and comedy elements. There's strong monster violence and fighting; scenes include guns, knives, dead bodies, and blood. There's a bit of minor sensuality (characters kiss and wake up in bed together, but no sensitive body parts are shown) and some swearing (including "s--t"). A fictitious drug, vampire blood, is part of the plot, and viewers see minor characters going through withdrawals and "shooting up."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's monster-related violence and fighting. Is the movie scary? How does the movie's often-comic tone affect the impact of the violence?
  • How successfully does this movie combine three genres: the detective movie, the horror movie, and the comedy? Was the mystery intriguing? Were the monsters scary? Was the movie funny?
  • Is Dylan a good role model, or is he more of an antihero? What are his good traits? What could he do better?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Italian source material in an American setting breeds potential, culture, and flare. However, in the case of 'Dylan Dog' it breeds an unstylistic, flat, and often boring film that treads water between its standout scenes. Like the monotonic voice of its trying lead, 'Dylan Dog' is a film that never really rises while also never dipping. It is still blood; drying as we watch it. Intriguing in its nature, but underwhelming in our realisation of its state. At the heart of this oozy mess of vampires, werewolves, and zombies lies a bumbling screenplay. For a film that attempts complexity, it turns in an overall lack of impact. It is a weaving tale with no purpose, no connection, and haphazard character growth. Our lead character begins with no purpose, his quest has little purpose, his reasoning to partake in this quest has little purpose, and he ultimately finishes the film with a sense of vapid change. Feelings of flatness are not helped by director Kevin Monroe, who seems incapable of creating a consistent tone and exuding a new flair to a production that otherwise held the potential for much more. His cross fades, choice of narration, and retired detective reek of a trying for noir; his comedic interjections, cannon blasts from pistols, and faint electric guitars feel like a hesitation towards an Italian spaghetti-western roots. These are wonderful in concept, but under this direction they only feel like a test.

- shortcartoonist, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

3 stars

02/01/2012 (PS3, NETFLIX)

- EightThirty, Monday, January 2, 2012