Sunday, September 6, 2009

I Sell The Dead (2009)

Fear 1/0
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 1/5

Hard to turn down a film that boasts the little Scottish guy from Lord of the Rings (Dominic. . .something or other. . . is he on Lost as well??), Angus Scrimm and the always awesome Ron Perlman. Honestly, if you have not seen City of Lost Children you are really depriving yourself.

Anyway, I Sell the Dead is that rarest breed of film - the successful horror-comedy. Few films make it out of this no-man's land alive and I Sell The Dead admirably pulled through. Bravo.

If you are familiar with the story of Burke and Hare you'll immediately like this film. If you're not - well here: educate yourself. I Sell the Dead takes the idea of graverobbing for profit one step further and introduces the idea that while a dead corpse might have fetched a few farthings from the University back in the mid-19th Century, the body of the UNdead would fetch considerably more.

The story revolves around one of the graverobbers telling his tale to the priest sent to document his confession. What comes out is a tale of poverty, drunkenness and graverobbing as a means to survive. What started as simple commerce in the corpse trade soon ballooned into something far more grim, exciting and, well - comical. The two graverobbers get wind of a body recently buried outside of the cemetery and at the crossroads of town. Not really thinking much of it, they head out to snatch the corpse from the grave so they can sell it to the mean and cantankerous doctor at the university (played with tongue firmly in cheek by Angus Scrimm). Turns out there was a reason that body was not buried in the cemetery. And there's a reason the body has a large wooden stake stuck in it's chest.

I Sell The Dead is stylish, well executed, well acted and very inventive, if a little rambling and untethered in it's delivery. It's funny, has some solid jolts and a couple of really fun zombie scenes. The ending is a little iffy, but by the time it rolled around, I was already enjoying myself too much to really be bothered by it.

- Complaint Depart

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