I Sell the Dead [2009] Movie Review Recommendation

I Sell the Dead [2009]

I expected more from this British dark humor comedy. I mean, the title of the movie is I Sell The Dead, and they threw in all bunch of funny stuff in it, like vampires, grave robbing and other interesting stuff, but somehow it was not as phenomenal as I expected. Do not get wrong, this is an excellent black humor comedy with lot of great jokes but something is just missing. Perhaps it’s the storytelling style that featured several stories and not one story with several much smaller stories. However, this segmented approach generated a much livelier atmosphere and pacing, so who knows… One thing is certain: they nailed the sets and costumes, making I Sell the Dead a period drama that can be used to examine the realities of life in 18th century.

After the arrest a grave robber starts to tell his story to the details on how he started this profession and all the events that led to his imprisonment. Casting was perfect and Dominic Monaghan was awesome in the lead. Ron Perlman with his Neanderthal face also contributed to that vintage feel of the movie, although I personally think that the use of the special effects to create that film noir effect is too extensive. Also, if you liked this movie, you might wanna check out another movie with the same subject of grave robbing: Burke and Hare. Oddly enough, early in the film, the bartender in the pub says “there would be no Burke without the little Hare here.”

Director: Glenn McQuaid

Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Larry Fessenden, Angus Scrimm, John Speredakos

Fun Stuff: A graphic novel of the film has been released, with Glenn McQuaid writing and illustrations by Brahm Revel (October, 2009).


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0902290/

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