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I Sell The Dead [DVD] 
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19th century justice has finally caught up to grave robbers Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) and Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden). With the specter of the guillotine looming over him, young Blake confides in visiting clergyman Father Duffy (Ron Perlman), recounting fifteen years of adventure in the resurrection trade. His tale leads from humble beginnings as a young boy stealing trinkets from corpses, to a partnership with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes as they hunt creatures unwilling to accept their place in the ground. The colourful and peculiar history of Grimes and Blake is one filled with adventure, horror, and vicious rivalries that threaten to put all involved in the very graves they re trying to pilfer.
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I watched this film knowing very little about it, and as of succumbing to the majority of so-called horror/comedies of late was not expecting too much from it either.
Clique as this may sound, from the very beginning I was hooked, this is a period drama in parody form. It manages to pull off the rare feat of actually doing what it says on the tin. It's funny and creepy at the same time.
The sets are stunning, the acting is fine and fluid, and the story line is refreshingly different.
People will either love this or hate it, though I must say, if you are a fan of films like "Evil Dead" "Cemetery Man" "Sleepy Hollow" or especially Peter Jackson's "Braindead"," The Frighteners", I should imagine you'll love this!
Sure it has some trivial plot-holes, and maybe a couple of unnecessary moments, but it's a great attempt at bringing back the classics by way of adding something new.
For the horror buffs there's Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man of "Phantasm" fame) in the cast list, also Ron Perlman in his best Irish accent to date, and Larry Fessenden of "Session 9" who steals the show. The rest of the cast play it nicely OTT and Dominic Monaghan is a decent lead with plenty of enthusiasm.
The Homage to iconic horror films is so nice to see, there's a hint of Frankenstein and Dracula, and a scene that's so close to the "Evil Dead" you'll wonder just what you are watching. What an effort by all involved.
This is a low budget production to be admired, and am sure it (and Writer/Director Glenn McQuaid) will gain the credit once established thoroughly.
If you're looking for a silly supernatural dark comedy that's really fun, watch this!.
I Sell the Dead is loosely based on the Burke and Hare story of grave robbing, and Monaghan is giving his last confessions as he is about to face the gullotine. The man listening is played by Ron Perlman, not quite sure how this production lured Perlman in but they did. He does a competent job with his fake Irish accent. So Monaghan tells his story however the script is so weak that during re telling his grave robbing adventures it seems like a scene can't go by without him having flashbacks within a flashback!
The grave robbing story is quickly ditched for Aliens, Vampires and Zombies and the whole thing just comes across as contrived. Larry Fessenden who has an uncanny ability to star in very average horrors isn't too bad here, at least he seems to recongnise the part he is playing, and looks like a genuine Oliver Twist character. Angus Scrimm he of the Phantasm movies also stars, but don't get too excited he is here for no more than 5 minutes.
The set up for this movie was spot on just plainly bad executed and the finale seems like a slap in the face. There's far worse out there, but much more was expected.
Marketed as a comedy/horror it tries hard with some fresh ideas but fails both as a comedy and as a horror, the script and performances aren't funny, and there's not enough blood n guts for the gorehounds. An ok flick nothing more.
It has a lot of different strange things in it, can't say what or it will ruin the film. Its defiantly different.
If you a trying to bridge the gap between a childrens campfire tale and a mild horror film then this might be for you. I, however, found it vacuous and uninteresting.
There's one particularly overly gory bit where a guy gets his throat cut, which doesn't quite fit in with the mood of the rest of the film, but overall it's a good film, well worth a watch if you don't want anything too heavy.
It's like going through York Dungeons rather than staying overnight in the Amityville House.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another vehicle for the bad acting of Monahan, he over acted all the way through LOTR and every other production he's ever appeared in, this film was just boring trashPublished 8 months ago by GG
Not watched the film yet, but good price, fast delvieryPublished 16 months ago by Christopher Hayhurst
Love this film and at a great price what more could you ask for great for the nights when there is nothing onPublished on 14 May 2012 by maureen
I was skeptical of this film from the synopsis, but I gave it a watch and loved it! It has some dark humour, and the story isn't bad.
Give it a chance.
I like Ron Pearlman. I like Dominic Monaghan. I like vampire movies, and am quite generous in my evaluation of them (I think I internally have a separate standard for vampire... Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2011 by David (an American in Japan)