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I Sell the Dead2008

I Sell the Dead (2008)



Critic Consensus: A horror comedy that's almost as chilling as it is funny, I Sell the Dead relies on its dark humor and offbeat charm to overcome its low budget shortcomings.

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Adventure and horror merge in this morbid tale of two 18th century grave robbers who make it their mission to hunt down the undead abominations that refuse to accept their rightful place in the ground. Arrested by towering holy man Father Duffy (Ron Perlman) and threatened with the guillotine for robbing graves with his mentor, Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden), apprentice ghoul Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) agrees to make a full confession in exchange for a steady flow of whiskey. Arthur's story begins when he was just a young boy stealing jewelry from corpses in order to eat. Later, Arthur formed a partnership with Willie, and the pair went to work ensuring the walking dead learned to rest in peace. Now, with the specter of death looming ever closer, Arthur agrees to tell his tale to the very man charged with deciding his ultimate fate. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Dominic Monaghan
as Arthur Blake
Larry Fessenden
as Willie Grimes
Ron Perlman
as Father Francis Duffy
Angus Scrimm
as Dr. Vernon Quint
John Speredakos
as Cornelius Murphy
Brenda Cooney
as Fanny Bryers
Aidan Redmond
as Jack Flood
Heather Bullock
as Valentine Kelly
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Critic Reviews for I Sell the Dead

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16)

If it's not actually a good movie, on some level you have to admire the chutzpah of a film set in 1850s Ireland but shot on Staten Island.

August 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The worst fault visually, probably intended as a charm against the spell of low-budget-itis, is relentless darkness. Pervasive shadows in most shots do not evoke atmosphere, but eye strain.

August 14, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's very little effort to create something honestly creepy or all that funny. I Sell the Dead too often falls short in both categories with jokes that fall flat and scares that don't register.

August 14, 2009 | Full Review…

Its wit and style, however, are thoroughly modern, as is a hilarious ending that leaves the sequel door wide open. And why not?

August 10, 2009 | Full Review…

For fans of the gory, and those who like vampires in any context (absolutely any context), I Sell the Dead may be a bloody delight...For everyone else, it's just funny.

August 7, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Sure McQuaid crushes some heads and slashes a few jugulars, but it's all so perfunctory the end result is actually kind of boring.

August 7, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Sell the Dead

Vampires, Zombies, Aliens and Ron Perlman. Director Glenn McQuaid seems intent on force-feeding his audience a steady stream of camp with mixed results.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

I Sell The Dead is the story of two grave robbers who recall their days of grave robbing before being hanged. The film is slow, and seems to take forever to reach the end. But despite this, the film is quite enjoyable and fun to watch. The actors give fine performances and this is a fine debut for Glenn Mcquaid. If you love a low budget zombie flick, pick this impressive Horror Comedy up, despite its slow pacing it's a strong film with a few memorable and funny scenes. I sell The Dead is a terrific little film that will definitely appeal to zombie fans. It's a different take on your average zombie film, and it's very well done. The acting in I Sell The Dead is decent enough for this type of film and the film in parts is fairly creative, taking into account that Horror is pch stale. The film is of course in perfect, but it manages to be pretty good and entertaining. The cast features some impressive names, including Phantasm actor Angus Schrimm and Lord Of The Rings actor Dominic Monaghan. I Sell The Dead is a not a flawless film, but is a fair enough film to consider watchable. I enjoyed it and I thought that Glenn Mcquaid did a fine job directing this zombie comedy. This film is much better than most big buhorror films that make it into theatres and is very original, which is something that lacks in todays horror films. People are afraid of trying something inventive, and I Sell The Dead is most certainly that. A very good horror comedy that at times feels like it could be better, but in the end is pretty good considering it's a low budget picture.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Haha. Well. I really had no idea what to expect from this movie, but I was very entertained. It's quite well made. I really do tend to like that subtle British humor, and this movie was all that. A funny horror flick that didn't try to get too stupid and silly.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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