I Sell The Dead (2008)

A pair of grave robbers strike gold when they discover a wealth of undead corpses (including zombies, vampires, and other ghouls) buried in the local cemetery, bodies that earn them a fine reward from the seedy local doctors working under the guise of science. Their framed story is retold by Arthur Blake, the younger of the two thieves, who relays their adventures to a priest while awaiting the guillotine. Glenn McQuaid similarly strikes gold with this off-beat but highly original Horror Comedy, offering the same stunning cinematography and art design as the Hammer productions with a classic Gothic aesthetic. Fessenden and Monaghan make for a charmingly clever pair of down on their luck grave robbers, and they are joined by an equally talented and enjoyable cast of miscreants including the great Ron Perlman as the wayward priest. The production and design of the film could not have been improved, but I SELL THE DEAD falls just short of becoming a modern classic due to the uneven pacing brought on by its structure and format. As Blake begins each new tale, a great amount of time is spent setting up each new scenario and introducing new characters, which inevitably undermines the action, suspense, and horror. The fleshed out characters and plot are both appreciated, but not at the cost of a rushed payoff for each of the vignettes. McQuaid displays a tremendous amount of potential in this, his second film, and hopefully the open ending will allow for an even stronger sequel with the same sharp scripting and humor.

Rating: 8/10.

6 comments:

  1. I want to see this one, and I thought I recorded it, but it isn't there. But I want to.

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  2. You are my movie guru--sounds good--it's in my Netflix queue and apparently Netflix seems to think I'd like it--gave me 4 stars for compatibility.

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  3. Autumn youll likely get it when the one sitting in my DVD player gets sent back =D Ill have to write a note on the slip mine came in to see if you get it

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  4. Carl you catch my cameo? I'm the body holding larry fessenden's head. Mom's proud.

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  5. I knew you had a cameo in there but I wasnt sure where to look for you, you must have been sporting a sweet green mask =D

    Did I catch an assistant directing credit on there too? Most awesome man. I gotta say the look of the film was amazing. Did you make a post on the production of the film that I missed at all? Love to hear more about the filming experience and Im very happy with the end results

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  6. yea it was a green mask. I was the only one on set that could fit in his costume.

    I was one of their 2nd 2nd assistant directors. I worked on the winter unit. They broke it up into two shoots as Perlman was working Hellboy 2 and Mannigan was LOST.

    I didn't post about this, kinda wierd being that close to it. Not sure anyone would be interested.

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