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A boatload of young singles arrives at Coconut Pete’s Pleasure Island resort for a weekend-long party. But their revels are interrupted by a machete-wielding killer, and there’s no way off the island until the boat returns. Who will survive?

This movie by the five-man comedy filmmaking team Broken Lizard is a loud, crude, and thoroughly silly take on the slasher genre. If you like that sort of thing, it’s a fun way to waste an hour and forty minutes. The characters were so broadly drawn and overacted that you couldn’t really care about them, so their horrible deaths were mostly just amusing. They did come up with some entertaining ways of killing off the various staff members.

Bill plays Coconut Pete, the washed-up musician who owns and runs the resort, which he uses mostly as a vehicle to inflict his Jimmy Buffett-style beach rock music on the guests. It’s a throwback to some of Bill’s earlier schlock-horror roles, the kind he throws himself into and joyfully chews the scenery. Looks like he had a lot of fun making it.

Unshaven, with long, scraggly hair, wearing aloha shirts and shorts, he looks like an old hippie who washed up on the beach. Not one of his prettier roles, but he does get to play guitar and sing some of his “hits” around the campfire, so he’s fun to watch.

Three stars, just for the scene with the golf cart, which made me laugh like a loon.

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