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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night



Violent detective/horror/comedy combo wastes a good idea.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The material is bit dark here, but it's more harmless than harmful. Though the hero is sad and withdrawn (as well as a bit cynical and sometimes not very nice), he manages to overcome a past personal tragedy. As a result, he's able to cleverly solve a sticky and mysterious problem.

Positive role models

Dylan Dog is like a private eye character, with all that that entails. He's cynical and a bit withdrawn, suffering from a painful past. Sometimes he's not entirely nice to others, although he does seem to have a genuine friendship with some of his contacts. When a new mystery presents itself, he eventually takes the opportunity to overcome his hang-ups and use his skill and knowledge to help.


Lots of fighting and monster violence, with werewolves, zombies, and vampires, as well as some giant monsters. Guns are drawn and fired, and viewers see lots of dead bodies and blood (some of the dead bodies come back to life). Some severed body parts are shown. One character is buried alive, and one vampire is burned in the sunlight. Most of this is presented with a light, comic tone.


A couple kisses and wakes up in bed together, partially clothed; the male hero appears shirtless, and sex is suggested. Some scantily clad women dancing in a night club. A brief discussion of cheating spouses.


A few of uses of "s--t," as well as "bitch," "boning," "damn," "goddamn," "hooker," "ass," "oh my God," "crap," and "hell."


One sequence includes an obvious reference to Apple computers, with shots of a laptop and an iPhone and the brand name "Apple" spoken out loud.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Club-goers are addicted to vampire blood, and viewers see symptoms of withdrawals and "shooting up." One of the movie's main bad guys deals this drug to his customers.

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."

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What's the story?

Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh) is a detective working on infidelity cases in New Orleans alongside his wisecracking assistant, Marcus (Sam Huntington). But his true calling is to keep tabs on the city's secret community of monsters (vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc.). A gruesome murder committed by a werewolf and a stolen artifact -- not to mention the murder victim's pretty daughter, Elizabeth (Anita Briem) -- reluctantly bring Dylan out of retirement. He must re-enter the underworld, re-connect with his old contacts (Peter Stormare, Taye Diggs, and more), navigate a complex mystery, and hopefully find a solution before an even bigger, deadlier monster is unleashed.

Is it any good?


It kicks off with a great idea -- combining the old-style detective genre with popular monsters -- but for having such an inspired start, the movie feels oddly uninspired. The mystery isn't very hard to figure out, the comedy isn't very funny, and the monsters aren't very scary; even the visual effects show little imagination. Munroe never conjures up anything remotely scary, and his action scenes are lumpy and sluggish.

Routh is slowly beginning to demonstrate some of the personality he was lacking in Superman Returns, and his character is mostly interesting, despite some bumps in logic; Dylan begins the movie as a slob but quickly changes over to a sleek, black wardrobe once he takes on the new mystery. Perhaps a better movie could have done some justice to this potentially appealing character, but this isn't it.

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 details

Theatrical release date:April 29, 2011
DVD/Streaming release date:June 21, 2011
Cast:Anita Briem, Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs
Director:Kevin Munroe
Studio:Freestyle Releasing
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sequences of creature violence and action, language including some sexual references, and some drug material

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Kid, 12 years old July 13, 2014

Disappointing comedy/horror film is a waste of time.

You may never have heard of this movie, however it is extremely popular in Italy. It is loosely based on a comic book that originated in that country. This film incorporates actor Brandon Routh, who, so far, has done nothing memorable. This is his second comic book film (his first was "Superman Returns.") The movies violence, is pretty intense, although most of it is humorous, it is pretty disturbing. The special effects are horrible, they almost remind me of something I've seen in a made-for-TV movie. There are several monsters including a giant demon that battles Dylan Dog in the end of the movie. Dylan Dog's partner is killed by the same monster and becomes a zombie. He later visits "zombie support group," which is pointless and unfunny. You can witness minor character going through withdrawals and references made to a another character "shooting up." There is some light swearing as well as a comparatively mild sex scene, which is later referred to as "boning." Altogether, "Dylan Dog," is a total waste of time, and not appropriate for younger fans of the comic books. It has terrible special effects, stiff acting, and a bumpy, cliched plot.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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