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Friday, January 14, 2011

I Sell the Dead (2008) Horror Comedy

I Sell the Dead (2008) - Writer director Glenn McQuaid gives us a cute little film made for a TV audience, what? it wasn't a made for TV movie? Really? Well it could have been it is short and cute with a tame story not designed to scare as much as it is to amuse. In the Story Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) is visited in the gallows as he awaits the guillotine, by Father Duffy (Ron Perlman). Duffy is there to record his story prior to death. Arthur tells him and we see through the film how her became a grave robber and then how he ended up in the gallows.
Certainly the story has more to it than that because Arthur and his partner Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden) are no ordinary grave robbers, sure they start out that way but then they start stealing more supernatural bodies. The vampire scene is very amusing with Willie playfully removing and restaking the vamp. The bodies generally supply doctor Vernon Quint, the wonderful Angus Scrimm of Phantasm fame although just a cameo I just love that he was in the film at all.
The counter to the story of the two men is a rival grave robbing gang the Murphy family who are bad ass. I will not give away too much plot here because I will recommend this and do not want to spoil it for you. Willie and Arthur have a bunch of funny bits running into different undead creatures and crossing paths with the Murphys. When they get a third person into their team, Fanny Bryers (Brenda Cooney) things get a bit more complicated. She is more inexperience and yet more aggressive than the boys and convinces them to do a job they should have stayed away from. When things go wrong it sets up the opening scene where Arthur is waiting to have his head chopped off.
There are a couple of surprises in the end of the film, well I am not sure you can call them surprises, if you were paying attention like I was you saw them coming. They do make the end fun and in general that is the feeling I had throughout. It was entertaining and fun to watch.

Rating (5.8) 5.0 and up are recommended, in the Zombiegrrlz system I say Rent It!

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