Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
I was most intrigued to see this film because of its premis. Over the last several years vampires have taken over the media world, and I was curious as to what rules Kevin Munroe's Dylan Dog: Dead of Night would play. Needless to say my curiosity was quite short lived.
Based on the popular Italian comic book by Tiziano Sclavi, this film tells the story of a famed supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog (played by Brandon Routh), who slogs through the Louisiana bayou in search of the disguised monsters who everyday try to pass as regular human beings. But Dylan has been in retirement for years, giving up the hunt for a more laid back career that involves cheating husbands and insurance fraud. But when he is approached by a young girl who has just witnessed her father's brutal murder, Dylan finds himself back in the midst of the game.
Geared towards the younger crowd, Dylan Dog attempts to sell itself on its mix of humor, drama and horror. Bearing the financially stable PG-13 rating, many opportunities for bloodshed come and go without much affect. However, that is to be expected from the film, which hardly ever takes itself seriously.
Many aspects of the film will appear cliche, and by the end of the film, the constant narration by Routh will drive you crazy. But it's all in good fun when it comes to this unapologetic B-rated film. Routh is terribly miscast as Dylan Dog, and the rest of the gang hardly fits the bill either yet when the end finally reveals itself and what you knew was going to happen does in fact happen, you find yourself content with the fact that you came, but not wishing to return to the land of the undead any time soon.