Lost in the Crypt is a one of our new article series that will take a look back at the horror movies of yesteryear. There’s only one big difference: we won’t focus on the big classic films you have probably already seen a million times. Instead, we’ll pick out ones that might have been lost by time. Maybe you’ve forgotten about it, maybe you’ve never seen it. Either way, our goal is to make something new out of the old and give you a few frights along the way.

Dead & Breakfast (2004)

Like many people, I went through a pretty heavy zombie phase within my horror lifespan. I discovered George Romero when I was 14 and suddenly had to watch every single rotting reanimated corpse put to screen. This led to seeing a lot of terrible movies. But one film I’d never regret is Dead & Breakfast – a movie that still feels fresh to this day (partly because zombies are still in a.k.a. The Walking Dead)

A quick plot rundown: Six friends, including Ever Carradine and Jeremy Sisto (better known for his roles in Law & Order and Subergatory) are in a big RV on the way to a friend’s wedding. Of course, they get lost along the way and need to spend the night in a bed & breakfast. People suddenly die, a mysterious box is opened, and people start getting possessed and turned into zombies. Of course.

Oh, but did I forget to mention it’s all explained by a musical narrator?

As you might be able to tell from the above clip and the title, Dead & Breakfast is full of camp. And boy does the movie have fun with it. It taps into the absurd child-like behavior that can be found in Sam Raimi’s later Evil Dead films and also pounds out just as much gore. A prime example of this perfect marriage is when the zombie leader uses a decapitated head as a hand puppet. It made me giggle like a child. You can tell that the cast was having fun making this – and that does nothing but help its oddball attitude. Everyone is all in.

I’ll list off a few other things to wet your appetite: the musical narrators eventually become zombies themselves – but stay together as a band; there’s blood soaked rodeo jamboree; and a guy who always has cigarettes in his mouth… but never lights them. Like I said, it’s bonkers.

You also get an extended cameo from the late David Carradine – who really has a blast being a part of the antics. He feels like the grandfather to the entire film, passing on his B-movie abilities to this young rag tag cast of zombie killers.

So if you’re looking for a zombie comedy full of laughs but have drained out all of your usual go to movies, give Dead & Breakfast a shot. It doesn’t skimp on the gore and most definitely doesn’t skimp on the laughs.

Availability: Dead & Breakfast is available to purchase on DVD (if you look hard enough). Netflix also delivers the film by disk. You can also stream it through Amazon Instant Video.



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Derek normally needs to talk to himself in order to sort out his life. So naturally he likes to write online. He also loves all things horror... but is squeemish around blood in real life. You can also watch him fail at twitter at @doofguy15.