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I Sell the Dead (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 11

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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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

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

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Horror, Comedy

Mar 30, 2010

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The budget was clearly minuscule, but writer/director Glenn McQuaid's deft dialogue, strong characters and clever plotting attracted some impressive acting talent.

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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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 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: NPR
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The year's most deliriously heavy title comes attached to a cheeky Victorian-era horror-comedy about grave-robbing -- and it's not just human corpses being raided here.

August 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Droll perfs, diverting f/x and handsome B-pic atmospherics ensure a good time for horror fans with a memory past last weekend's slasher remake.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Uneven Victorian-era supernatural horror-comedy about grave-robbing.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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At times predictable. At times overwrought. Most often a tad too silly.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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This episodic horror-comedy...doesn't quite hold together for its entire length, but its amiable approach will win you over with its good intentions.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

... this underworld buddy story has personality to spare. It's a zombie snack of a horror comedy: insubstantial but fun.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Capably delivers a half-dozen sub-genres in less than 88 minutes. That's just plain old fun, regardless of how much the flick cost to produce.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

...a better-than-average horror comedy...

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

All in all "I Sell the Dead" is a good old fashioned horror movie for fans of classic monster movies and things that go bump in the night.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It goes about its task with inspiration and heart, helping to bridge the gaps between its ambitions and its budget.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Reminded me a bit of the old Hammer horror films. The humor doesn't quite cut it. Best way to describe it: I would have loved to have loved this film. Paul Chambers, CNN.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

McQuaid recalls Terry Gilliam with his flights into the absurd and his penchant for choking dry humor.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

This one put a smile on my face in a way that few zombies movie have since they reanimated Mae West for Sextette.

September 14, 2009 Full Review Source: CampBlood.org
CampBlood.org

The cast and crew behind I Sell the Dead are clearly having a blast - and audiences will nave nearly as much fun with this smart horror comedy.

August 23, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
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Rather than a serious attempt to resurrect the Gothic horror of the 1960s it is more just a reverential nod or even a send-up.

August 16, 2009 Full Review
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This delightful bit of gallows humor has its high points.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The performances are wry and believable with a fun turn by the Phantasm himself, Angus Scrimm.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: IGN Movies

An equally suitable title might have been The Medieval Dead.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci Fi Wire
Sci Fi Wire

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 Source: Movie Retriever
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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.
December 1, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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For the lost (lol, Lost) member of Oasis and/or Blur, Dominic Monaghan easily made this movie for me. His comedic timing made otherwise-mediocre comedic moments into laugh-out-loud moments. Ron Perlman made for a nice foil (at least until the very end). The other actors were decent, and I also appreciated the sets, clothing, and accents, which seemed well done. Alas, on the whole, the film felt like a sitcom trying to be a movie, as if the story were written around a few pretty good jokes as opposed to pretty good jokes being written into a good storyline. Of course, for someone playing writer/director/producer and it being his feature film debut, Glenn Mcquaid did a commendable job, and I look forward to his future work.

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The faux-Guy Ritchie/Tarantino introductions for Murphy's gang don't work for me though the ideas behind the characters aren't bad. They're rather jauntily thrown into the whole of the film, just like the formulaic glimpse into Cornelius Murphy's childhood psychology. Cornelius' initial introduction earlier in the film sufficed.

I liked how the film introduced the element of the undead though. The stabbing/pulling out of the stake was a nice scene, and the later corpse being so disgusted at Valentine's face that he breaks out of his cage and attacks/kills her certainly worked for me, too. I also rather enjoyed the Perlman-Monaghan dynamic--they made for nice foils.

On the other hand, I didn't feel the story was developed enough to truly earn its ending. The twists weren't bad but could've been much better if the characters had been better fleshed out and if it weren't for the stylistic comic effect at the very end.





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September 30, 2011
djdemersseman

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.
March 15, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
October 13, 2010
itsjustme2004

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