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Monday, February 1, 2010

[5.50/10] I Sell the Dead (2009)

I Sell the Dead (2009)

Short review: "I Sell the Dead" is a sloppy horror comedy that refuses to take itself too seriously. This has advantages and drawbacks. The 85 minutes of the film breeze by and "I Sell the Dead" is full of bits sometimes funny, sometimes scary, sometimes gory, occasionally all three at once, but the individual bits are much better than the sum of the film's parts. Since the movie is a series of grave-robbing anecdotes confessed by Arthur (played by Dominic Monaghan), it becomes a sort of horror anthology - a series of disjointed tales, all linked by a similar cast and a similar theme. Like most horror anthologies, there is no consistent mythology, because all mythologies are true and happening simultaneously even when they contradict one another. Glenn McQuaid shows talent as a director, script-writer and editor, yet in all three capacities here he makes odd choices and then largely fails to justify those choices. All in all, the atmosphere was nice, the acting OK, the story gruesome, but in the end it left a bad taste in my mouth.

  • My Rating: 5.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 72% (5.8/10)
  • IMDb: 6.2/10

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