Dylan dog is a massively popular, Italian comic book series that started in 1986 and is still continuing today. Fans of the comic series that haven’t seen this movie should be aware that it wonders significantly from the original story. Tiziano Sclavi, who wrote the comic book series, would be better known to most horror movie fans as the writer of the cult zombie-art movie, Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man).
Firstly, it’s worth keeping in mind that this film has clearly been aimed at a young teenage audience, possibly not the best decision as most of its diehard fans would have been teenagers themselves in the late eighties and early nineties. That aside, for today’s younger teenagers or families this will be a terrifically fun and entertaining film. For the rest of us that have been fooled into thinking this would be a dark and stylish horror movie adaption, I’m afraid theres bad news.
The story does play like a comic book, however, this doesn’t work to its advantage, its moves from scene too scene without any fluidity. Brandon Routh is far to clean cut and wholesome to play the role of the grizzled detective, and although his acting is certainly not bad, there is not a wide range of emotions shown by him, or any of the characters, making them seem rather bland.
Dylan Dog has a made for TV movie feel, and you can’t help but think, this would have been a much better TV series. Overall, It missing its teeth and lacks some much needed adult humor. Think Buffy without the clever banter or a softer, cuddly version of Constantine. Not a terrible movie, but it will be easily forgotten.
Our Rating 5.4 / 10