I Sell the Dead (2008) | This grisly comedy horror captures the spirit of classic horrors of old


If you love vintage horrors of old, then you will get a blast out of this offbeat comic horror homage to the Karloff and Lugosi 1940s classic, The Body Snatcher.

I Sell the Dead

Dominic Monaghan plays Arthur Blake, an 18th-century grave robber awaiting a death sentence, while Ron Perlman plays Father Duffy, a priest who gets to hear Blake’s life story. What follows is a horrific, but hilarious, account of Blake’s exploits with his mentor Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden) as they procure corpses for the bonkers Dr Vernon Quint (Phantasm‘s Angus Scrimm in brilliant form), before hitting on a lucrative line in digging up vampires and zombies. Standing in their way, however, is the notorious Murphy family, who will stop at nothing to cash in on selling the undead to the highest bidder.

Angus Scrimm in I Sell the Dead

The grisly exploits of Blake and Grimes are shocking and funny in equal measure, though some scenes where they banter ala Hope and Crosby just don’t work. Still, I Sell the Dead is a hugely atmospheric romp, and genre fans will savour the film’s nods to Hammer horror to the classic Amicus portmanteau films.

The 2009 UK DVD and Blu-ray releases feature an audio commentary by director Glenn McQuaid, audio commentary with actors Dominic Monaghan and Larry Fessenden, a making of featurette, and visual effects.

I Sell the Dead also screens on The Horror Channel (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138) with the next showing today (Friday 27 December) at 10.55pm.


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on December 27, 2013, in Horror, Must See, Must-See and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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