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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 40min)

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August 8, 2011
August 9, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... brain-dead tripe

Production (US): Hyde Park Films, Long Distance Films, Platinum Studios
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Kevin Munroe
Producer(s): Gilbert Adler, Patrick Aiello, Brian Altounian, Ashok Amritraj, Gioy De Marco, Will French, Manu Gargi, Peter D. Graves, Randy Greenberg, Christopher , Kevin Munroe, Stephen Roberts, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Matthew Street, Lars Sylvest, David Whealy
Written by: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer
Comic Book Series "Dylan Dog: Tiziano Sclavi
Cinematography/Camera: Geoffrey Hall
Music: Klaus Badelt
Film Editing: Paul Hirsch
Casting: Elizabeth Coulon
Production Design: Raymond Pumilia
Art Direction: Raymond Pumilia
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

I find it difficult to accept what the MPAA seems to think of our youth: that they deem this brain-dead tripe is even close to compatible with the intellectual and moral caliber of our youth is bewildering and riles me. I am not going to spend any appreciable amount of time on this Summary/Commentary of Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. Typing out the Findings/Scoring listing and data was more work that his film deserves. With a final score of 33 out of 100 it is clearly a hard R-13 flick.

The single and only reason I picked up this DVD is that it is a PG-13. Imagine Mickey Spillane's gumshoe Mike Hammer of even before my time sleuthing for vampires and vampire toys instead of "dames" and you'll have the, er, picture.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation areas. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Dead bodies. Gore. Blood. Drinking blood. Creature attacks. Killings. Body parts galore. Battles with evil creatures. Bullets passing through flesh. That is just partial content.

There is not likely a better time to remind our readers of God's Word against violence. In, for example, Prov. 16:29 God warns that violence is "catching." Man has chimed in with God, likely unknowingly, by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing findings that warn of violence in and as entertainment may lead our youth to being violent as well. But do we listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Twenty-nine times someone utters some form of profanity. [Col. 3:8, Eph, 5:4, Eph. 4:29]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 30 out of 100
While there is no nudity seen there is intercourse off camera. And cohabitation. And innuendo. And dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure. And camera angle to force the viewer on private parts. And more. [1 Tim. 2:9,1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 80 out of 100
While consequential night club visitation and booze are present, the intoxication demonstrated by one character was from drinking vampire blood.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Twenty times someone abuses God's name without the four letter expletive and twice with it. [Deut. 5:11] The entire film is about that which is unholy - vampirism, demonism and unholy resurrection. While there is no such thing as a vampire, to embrace, even in fantasy, that which is dead is unholy. [Deut. 18:9 - 12]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 87 out of 100
Two killings which, among the plethora of killings, are best classed as murders. Once by a demon beast and once a character admits to murder.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • 1 Tim. 2:9 I also want women to dress modestly, ...
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), crude talk, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Deut. 18:9 - 12 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
  • abominations [to`ebah {to-ay-baw'}: a disgusting thing, abomination, abominable; wickedness]
  • divination [qecem {keh'-sem}: witchcraft, false prophets]
  • observer of times [anan {aw-nan'}: soothsayer, sorceress, enchanter (one who practices divination), to make appear, control weather, conjurer, spiritism, unholy magic]
  • witch [kashaph {kaw-shaf'}: sorcerer, soceress, one who practices unholy magic]
  • charmer [chabar {khaw-bar'}: to unite, join, bind together with charms (voodoo)]
  • consulter with familiar spirits [owb {obe}: necromancer, one who evokes/communicates with the dead; ghost, spirit of a dead one; one who has a familiar spirit]
  • wizard [yidd@`oniy {yid-deh-o-nee'}: one who has a familiar spirit; a familiar spirit; soothsayer; necromancer] [God sounds so serious about embracing evil that it seems He would include embracing evil even in and as entertainment since it has been proven in so many ways that entertainment can and does influence deeply and contaminate values. Even God agrees with that. (see 1 Cor. 15:33).]

  • Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • blood and gore, repeatedly
  • dead body with and without blood/gore, repeatedly
  • firearm to head, twice
  • drinking blood
  • beating, repeatedly
  • creature attack/horror, repeatedly, often graphic
  • killing by impalement
  • flesh decay gore, frequent
  • continuous theme of replacing body parts
  • planning genocide of the human race
  • multiple killings by gunfire, repeatedly
  • long sequence of gunfire with visible bullet impacts
  • gunfire at character with pass-through of the bullet
  • vampire threats, frequent
  • gunfire killing, repeatedly
  • long sequences of fighting zombies, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly
  • long sequence of blade fight
  • dead bodies strewn about
  • amputation
  • long battle with grotesque demon, multiple episodes
  • confinement to kill
  • gatherings of beasts to kill
  • vampires eating woman

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 29 uses of profanity
  • talk of nighttime monsters being real

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 30 out of 100
  • sexual innuendo in song
  • innuendo re: anal intercourse
  • innuendo re: dirty pictures
  • dressing to maximize the female body and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • anatomical threat
  • women a toys/ornaments
  • exposure to below-navel skin threatening to expose that which follows
  • man and woman making out wit co-stripping
  • cohabitation for sex
  • sexual term for intercourse
  • man in bed with two women
  • expressing sexual desires for a woman, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 80 out of 100
  • night club, repeatedly
  • drug reference
  • intoxication
  • booze

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 20 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive plus twice with it.
  • talk of unholy resurrection, the "undead" and "living dead" throughout
  • shape-shifting, repeatedly
  • impossible physical feats
  • unholy resurrection
  • vampirism throughout
  • glorification and minimization of the unholy throughout
  • portrayal of demonic beast with the ability to destroy the world's population
  • dead awakening

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 87 out of 100
  • murder of human by creature, unseen but heard
  • admission of murder

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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