I Sell the Dead (2008 film)

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Summary

Arthur Blake is about to be executed by guillotine for the crime of grave robbing. But before he faces the blade, he agrees to confess to Father Duffy in the hope that the priest might be merciful enough to spare his life. Arthur tells his life story to the priest, which begins with him stealing valuables from the deceased as a youth. But as he relates his battles with zombies, ghosts and other fiendish ghouls, his tale takes a turn for the supernatural.

Details

  • Release Date: 2008
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, anthology
  • Runtime: 1 hr 25 min
  • Starring: Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Larry Fessenden, Angus Scrimm
  • Director: Glenn McQuaid
  • Writer: Glenn McQuaid
  • Producer/Production Co: Glass Eye Pix
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Film Website: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence and gore, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not particularly Lovecraftian, though there is a certain pulp-horror and Weird influence over the various tales in this anthology film. This film does vaguely remind me of Lovecraft's "Herbert West: Re-Animator (fiction)" in tone, structure, and content, and I can't help thinking that the film's creators could likely do an excellent job of creating a period adaptation of that story which would make a nice companion to I Sell the Dead....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

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Arthur Blake is about to be executed by guillotine for the crime of grave robbing. But before he faces the blade, he agrees to confess to Father Duffy in the hope that the priest might be merciful enough to spare his life. Arthur tells his life story to the priest, which begins with him stealing valuables from the deceased as a youth. But as he relates his battles with zombies, ghosts and other fiendish ghouls, his tale takes a turn for the supernatural.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • A comic series from Image Comics was also released.


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