Written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Tiziano Sclavi. Directed by Kevin Munroe. Stars Brandon Routh, Anita Briem and Sam Huntington.
Constantine played by Superman whose sidekick first got known for Detroit Rock City, and Peter Stormare, who needs to be in every movie I’ve been watching lately. Oh wait, story synopsis? Right. Dylan investigate the murder of a man who might have instigated a war between werewolves and vampires. So like Underworld but with Superman.
Can you believe this is from the same cinematic universe Dellamorte Dellamore comes from? They’re apparently all adaptations of the same comic book. Though while Dellamorte Dellamore was (surprisingly) more accurate a portrayal, Dylan Dog took so little of the source material (besides the name) that it’s been panned by pretty much every fan of the comics. Well, I hadn’t read them and I like Routh enough (he was great in Scott Pilgrim vs The World), so I thought I’d watch it.
Big mistake. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is a hollow, by the numbers sort of horror cop movie. It’s Men in Black with less interesting people. It’s RIPD… actually, I never watched RIPD. But you get the idea. It’s Hellboy but with Superman. See what I’m doing here? I keep comparing it to other movies because it’s exactly that; a copy of other more successful movies. Though instead of being clever, or playing with the genre, it never delivers anything new. Routh as a rough/depressed investigator is not at all believable and his narration is more fitted to American Pie-esque movies than this. He’s trying to sound Noir but ends up sounding cartoony. You can see the plot arrive a mile away (even more so if you know actual Film Noir tropes) and the only moments that could entertain (Dylan fighting a bunch of vampires) is filmed in such a way that you never actually see the action; only Routh pointing guns at the camera. It’s so strange and cheap that I kept rolling my eyes.
The only actually entertaining moments come from Sam Huntington, who’s perfected his “loveable doofus sidekick” acting a long time ago. He’s funny, in a movie that doesn’t deserve him.
SHOULD YOU WATCH IT?
No. Watch Men in Black, then Blade. Then Underworld. There; you’ve seen everything Dylan Dog: Dead of Night wanted to be.