I Sell the Dead

2008

I Sell the Dead

Critics 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.

72%

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Total Count: 46

46%

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User Ratings: 8,355
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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

Cast

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 (12) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (13)

  • 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.

    Aug 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | 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?

    Aug 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 7, 2009

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Genre fans will definitely get off on I Sell the Dead, but outsiders might be less enthusiastic.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Low-budget, grubby and gleeful, but with a nice sense of style and apparently an endless supply of dry ice. Points deducted, though, for a too-easy alien-corpse joke.

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

Audience Reviews for I Sell the Dead

  • Sep 08, 2012
    I thought this movie was fun more than anything else. Sure the budget is definitely very low, and very noticeable, but it's a movie that has an sort of odd charm to it and a fun cast to carry things. While the movie has a dark subject matter, I think the movie plays out in a light and fun manner. It's a movie that's not gonna take up a lot of your time nor do you have to think all that much, but it will find a way to entertain you in that time and that's what the movie is concerned about and it succeeds. Unfortunately, the movie is only JUST good, I just felt that there was something missing that would've raised it to a higher level, and I don't think it's the budget, but something was still missing. That being said, the movie is still quite fun to watch and a fine way to spend 80 or so minutes.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2011
    "I Sell the Dead" starts with Willie Grimes(Larry Fessenden) losing his head. Before his partner Arthur Blake(Dominic Monaghan) loses his, Father Duffy(Ron Perlman) drops by to see if he has anything to confess to before it's too late. Arthur cops to the body snatching but not the murder they have been convicted of, in telling the story of how Arthur and Willie first started working together. Eventually, they fall under the thumb of Dr. Quint(Angus Scrimm). As it becomes harder to find bodies, things take an interesting turn in their line of work... While not having much of a story to speak of, "I Sell the Dead" still has more than enough ghoulish fun to go around. That's not to mention the inventive spin it puts on the trappings of the genre and some atmospheric scenes. So, it is a shame about the sexism which drags down the laddish fun.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2011
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2010
    could've been so much better... and yeh it was shot well but how much can you stretch what basically could've been a five minute story?
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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