Friday, November 19, 2010

I Sell The Dead (2008)

Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) is awaiting execution for murder, among other things, including his principal trade as a grave robber, and as he relates his tale to a kindly priest (Ron Perlman in a very un-Perlman-like role) we see his origins as a young grave robber apprenticed to Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden) through to the events which resulted in the pair's incarceration. It's a twisting tale of deceit, disreputable characters and the undead, and while it's not the best relayed story, the camp Hammer Horror feel of the film, some nice comedic moments and good performances from all the main cast are enough for it to stand out against it's, much higher budgeted, comedy horror peers. At times it suffers from being a bit too dark and could definitely be paced a whole lot better as it meanders towards the finale, but overall it's an enjoyable comedic horror caper that is well worth your time.

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