Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is a fairly entertaining, pedestrian film that attempts to merge an old school detective film with the elements of the supernatural. The film is the story of the undead and members of the supernatural who walk in shadows amongst the living. The movie stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Peter Stormare (Constantine), Sam Huntington (Superman Returns), Taye Diggs (Basic), Anita Briem (Journey to the Center of the Earth), and Kurt Angle (Warrior).
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is a moderately enjoyable film that is very reminiscent of the Carl Kojak: The Night Stalker television series. The movie is based on a comic book, Dylan Dog, by Tizano Schalavi that was released in 1986. It is told in the mold of an old school style classic, vintage detective stories with a voice over by Dylan Dog. The film is laced with bouts of senselessness and ridiculousness that accentuate a tale of the undead and the afterlife. A zombie support group, a body shop with human parts, and even a humorous take on the use of hotdogs, all make an appearance in this supernatural aberration.
The film is a cauldron of narrative elements as it has a number of aspects filtered into it such as suspense, comedy, and action. This a tale that embellishes on the disbelief in the supernatural. It uses that as a basis for the entire premise of the story. Mankind’s denial of their existence enables the supernatural to coexist right under man’s nose. Werewolves, vampires, ghouls, and zombies make their way into the story however, each has a slight, alternate perspective on them. The legends of horror are creatively manipulated and interwoven within wild tale of murder.
As with most detective stories, Dylan Dog has a checkered past that is told through flashbacks throughout the course of the film. Dylan’s past is shrouded in mystery and told through a series of flashbacks. His checkered past is used as a plot device to give him that classic detective air of mystique and to pay homage to other classic detective stories that this film is modeled after.
Dylan Dog is comprised of some average but enjoyable performances. Brandon Routh makes another attempt to distance himself from the iconic role of Superman. Routh does an ok job but his performance is far too lifeless to carry a film. There are a duo of performances that were extremely pleasing. Routh’s former Superman Returns co-star, Sam Huntingdon steals many of the scenes as Marcus. Huntington‘s depiction of Marcus does well as the comic relief, he has a number humorous lines and was one of the better aspects of the film. Huntington‘s comedy carries much of the film and makes the bland performance of Routh endurable. Taye Diggs is also entertaining as he plays Vargus, a vampire, with an uncanny taste for fashion.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is a mediocre, but tolerable watch. The film lacks the punch to warrant this film being a motion picture. The movie has some entertainment value however, it lacks the pizzazz to reach the level needed for a big screen production. The movie does offer some flashes of high entertainment value. Much of the comedy hits home that adds to the enjoyment of it. It’s good enough to sit back and view if you are bored at home. The film isn’t the worse movie to see which is why I would suggest viewing it on Netflix or maybe renting it from Redbox.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is available on DVD and Blu-ray.