Dead & Breakfast

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Dead & Breakfast
Directed by Matthew Leutwyler
Produced by Miranda Bailey
Wang Ching
Written by Story:
Matthew Leutwyler
Jun Tan
Billy Burke
Matthew Leutwyler
Starring Ever Carradine
Gina Philips
Erik Palladino
Bianca Lawson
Jeremy Sisto
Oz Perkins
Music by Zach Selwyn
Brian Vander Ark
Cinematography David Scardina
Edited by Peter Devaney Flanagan
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release dates
March 2004 (SXSW Film Festival)
August 19, 2005 (Limited)
Running time
88 min.
Language English

Dead & Breakfast is a 2004 musical horror/comedy film directed by Matthew Leutwyler starring Ever Carradine, Gina Philips, Erik Palladino, Bianca Lawson, Jeremy Sisto and Oz Perkins.


Six friends, Christian (Jeremy Sisto), David (Erik Palladino), Kate (Bianca Lawson), Johnny (Oz Perkins), Sara (Ever Carradine) and Melody (Gina Philips), are traveling in an R.V. to get to the wedding of their friend, Kelly (Portia de Rossi), in Galveston, Texas. However they become lost in a small town called Lovelock, and decide to spend the night at the local Bed & Breakfast, owned by the creepy Mr Wise (David Carradine). While staying, the group insult the chef, Henri (Diedrich Bader), causing an argument to break out. After everyone goes to bed, David goes to the kitchen to get a snack, only to discover Henri brutally murdered, before Mr Wise suffers a heart attack.

With the phone line broken it takes until morning for the Sheriff (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and his Deputy, Enus (Mark Kelly), to be summoned for help. The Sheriff is quick to suspect the group, and takes the keys to the R.V. away, so they can not leave the town until the investigation is over. The group goes into town, while the Sheriff arrests a mysterious drifter (Brent David Fraser), who quickly becomes the prime suspect. The drifter warns Christian and Sara of ancient exotic wooden box, that Sara realizes belongs to Mr Wise. However it is too late, as Johnny arrives back at the bed & breakfast and opens the box, unleashing the "Kuman Thong" which possesses him, causing him to savagely murder various people. Meanwhile, Christian and Sara meet town local Lisa Belmont (Miranda Bailey) who swears she saw Mr Wise dig up the body of his dead son and perform a form of black magic on the body. Sara and Christian return to the bed & breakfast and discover Johnny has opened the box.

Sara and Christian alert the Sheriff, who drives them to a local party, that David, Kate and Melody are attending with the rest of the town folk. The possessed Johnny arrives and a bloody massacre ensues, with the town folk, including Enus, becoming zombies as Johnny puts various body parts of his victims in the box. In the chaos, Christian is decapitated as David, Kate, Sara and Melody escape with the Sheriff in a truck. They accidentally run over the drifter, knocking him unconscious after he escapes from his prison cell. Taking him with them, the radiator soon blows in the truck, forcing the group to take shelter in the bed & breakfast. They gather weapons, before the drifter tells them they must retrieve the body of Mr Wise to kill Johnny. The zombies arrive at the bed & breakfast and the group fend them off, before the Sheriff, Melody and the drifter sneak out the back door to retrieve the bones of Mr Wise.

At the bed & breakfast, the zombies retrieve some of David's blood that was on the step of the house, placing it in the box causing him to become possessed. David beats Kate to death with a metal pole, before attacking Sara. However Sara manages to kill David with a chainsaw. At the cemetery, the Sheriff, Melody and the drifter retrieve the body of Mr Wise and perform a black magic spell, taking the bones from the body. As they travel to the bed & breakfast they encounter a group of zombies. The Sheriff has his neck snapped, killing him, before Lisa arrives and rescues the drifter and Melody, who continue on to the bed & breakfast. Meanwhile, at the bed & breakfast, the zombies break in. Sara fights them, but is soon cornered. The drifter, and Melody arrive outside, where Melody shoots Johnny through the heart with a bone from the body of Mr Wise, killing him and the other zombies. Sara reunite with Melody and the drifter, and together they leave Lovelock in their R.V.



Dead & Breakfast debuted on March 2004 at the SXSW Film Festival and opened in other film festivals on the dates given below.

Region Release date Festival
United States March 2004 SXSW Film Festival
United Kingdom April 26, 2004 Dead by Dawn Edinburgh Horror Film Festival[1]
United States July 10, 2004 Maine International Film Festival
Canada July 12, 2004 Fantasia Festival
Germany August 12, 2004 Hamburg Fantasy Filmfest
Germany September 11, 2004 Filmfest Oldenburg
United States September 12, 2004 Boston Film Festival
United States September 24, 2004 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
Canada September 25, 2004 Calgary Film Festival
Belgium October 8, 2004 Flanders International Film Festival
United States October 15, 2004 Hollywood Film Festival[2]
Belgium March 18, 2005 Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films
France January 26, 2006 Gerardmer Film Festival


Ceremony Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
Shriekfest 2004 Won Best Film Horror Feature
Matthew Leutwyler[3]
Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival 2004 Won Best Feature Matthew Leutwyler
San Francisco Horrorfest 2004 Won Audience Award Best Feature Film
Matthew Leutwyler
Weekend of Fear, Nuremberg, Germany 2004 Won Audience Award Matthew Leutwyler
Tied with Una de zombis
Golden Glibb

Matthew Leutwyler

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2006 Nominated Saturn Award Best DVD Release


  1. ^ "Archive « Dead By Dawn". Dead By Dawn. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  2. ^ "2004 Hollywood Film Festival Program". Hollywood Film Festival. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Our Winners - 2004". Shriekfest. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 

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