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After.Life (2010)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: It has an interesting premise and admirable ambitions, but After.Life fails to deliver enough twists or thrills to sustain its creepy atmosphere.

Movie Info

Young couple Paul (Justin Long) and Anna (Christina Ricci) are toying with the prospect of marriage when they have a chance encounter with Eliot (Liam Neeson), a mysterious undertaker who claims he can speak with the dead. When Anna becomes caught in the otherworldly realm between life and death, she risks being buried alive. Will Eliot help her, or is he being driven by darker motivations? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for nudity, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, Paul Vosloo, Jakub Korolczuk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2010
Runtime:
Anchor Bay - Official Site

Cast

Christina Ricci
as Anna Taylor
Liam Neeson
as Eliot Deacon
Justin Long
as Paul Coleman
Celia Weston
as Beatrice Taylor
Josh Charles
as Tom Peterson
Rosemary Murphy
as Mrs. Whitehall
Malachy McCourt
as Father Graham
Shuler Hensley
as Vincent Miller
Alice Drummond
as Mrs. Hutton
Sam Kressner
as Acne Kid
Doan Ly
as Teacher #1
Jack Rovello
as Tall Kid
Celene Keller
as Old Woman #2
Barbara Singer
as Old Woman #3
Laurie Cole
as Principal
Jonny Fido
as Stocky Teacher
Jody Ebert
as Police Officer
Erin Ward
as Teacher #2
Mark Heskin
as Frank Miller
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News & Interviews for After.Life

Critic Reviews for After.Life

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (22)

Thematic rigor mortis sets in long before the final reel.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It dresses up boilerplate horror in a classy shell, yet never gives it the pulse it needs.

Full Review… | July 17, 2010
NPR
Top Critic

A stylish piece of horror-movie hokum.

July 6, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's too dull for grown-ups and too nightmarish for children. It makes Nip/Tuck look like a Mel Brooks musical.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010
New York Observer
Top Critic

Best of all is Neeson, who is nicely creepy. Whether he's genuinely gifted or knuckle-chewing insane, he's not the kind of guy you'd want to spend time with, either way.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Ms. Wojtowicz-Vosloo seems to have spent too much time trying to make an art-house chiller instead of an effective film.

April 9, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for After.Life

½

After.Life is a well constructed supernatural horror film that is very original in its idea. The strength of the film lies with Liam Neeson's powerful performance as Mortician Eliot Deacon who has a gift of talking to the dead. I thought that the film was a breath of fresh air in the genre, and it was different considering all the remakes. With great direction from Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, After.Life is a creepy horror films that should appeal to fans of the genre. With a great cast at hand, Vosloo delivers a unique and different film that is very much underrated. The mix of the supernatural and surreal elements helps create a terrific film that is definitely worth watching. What made this film really good was that it relied on atmosphere rather than shocks to create its horror, and it works very well. There's a very well thought out plot that will keep you guessing from start to finish and though it has its imperfections, this is a better film than what most critics have written about it. In other words, this is not a work that should be easily dismissed. A few elements could have been reworked; nonetheless it is an effective chiller that displays a very creepy and effective Liam Neeson which makes up for the film's flaws. If you love something different in the horror genre, give this film a shot, this is a work that is engaging, well directed and has some good performances. However, like I stated previously, Neeson is the one that makes this such a thrilling and eerie viewing experience. After.Life may be imperfect, but it's certainly better than most horror films that come out nowadays.As a low-budget film, this is one that is very well done and should satisfy any fan of the genre.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

well athough i liked the idea it truly was confusing and you still dont get it wrapped up towards the end.

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

If I sat down and seriously wrote about this film it would inevitably be a commentary laden with spoilers. About the only thing I can say is that, even when she's naked, my eyes are forever drawn to Christina Ricci's forehead.

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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