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

1 star

Great concept, poor execution. The movies about a private investigator for the undead. He deals with werewolves, vampire, zombies, and other monsters. Sounded pretty cool to me, but they got a lot wrong with this movie. First, Dylan Dog is the P.I. and he tries to be witty and funny, but he's overall very bland. Played by Brandon Routh("Superman Returns"), he has zero charisma and has the same expression on his face and the same monotone voice the entire movie. Ryan Reynolds or Bruce Campbell would have been perfect for this and made it a much, much better movie. Because of Routh's performance the movie drags, and drags. It's 107 minutes, but it feels like 307. How can a movie with zombies and vampires be boring? Well I don't know how these guys did it, but they succeeded, because I felt like I was gonna turn into a zombie by time it ended. It's a pretty low budget movie, but the effects are decent, just have fun trying to stay awake. Plus, the movie rips off "True Blood" a lot. From people dealing vampire blood, to having a drink for vampires that takes the place of human blood. The biggest difference is "True Blood" doesn't suck and is actually entertaining as hell. Skip this movie and watch either "Walking Dead" or "True Blood". They may be tv shows, but by the time you finish this movie, you will have felt like you watched an entire series in one sitting.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, August 6, 2011

1 star

Cheap in just about every aspect, Dylan Dog is a monster noir that turns out to be one dog of a film. The conceit of a private detective for the monster world is a pretty keen idea and one that could certainly have fun skewering genre conventions. But this movie is not clever, not in the slightest. It's a lousy detective story where Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh) investigates a murder victim (death by werewolf) that threatens to break the shaky peace between the vampire and werewolf families. The story flounders and even messes up its limited flashes of comic potential, like Dylan's partner adjusting to life as a zombie (maggot burgers, yum). Dylan Dog is a rather uninspired horror comedy with little scares, little intentional laughs, and a critical lack of imagination. It's got legions of supernatural creatures and a noir setting to play with, and this is the best they could do? Director Kevin Munroe (TMNT) cannot hide the shoddy budget and shoddier special effects. Routh (Superman Returns) is a likeable guy but he delivers every single line in the same wooden style mistakenly believed to be hard-boiled. What was the last good PG-13 horror comedy that didn't involve Tim Burton? The rating kneecaps the movie's darkness, which means the monsters don't seem too monstrous. Everyone seems to take a cue from the undead and just acts resoundingly bored. Dylan Dog is one shaggy mess. Nate's Grade: D

- mrbungle7821, Monday, December 5, 2011