Almost a Dead Loss
With exactly five hours left before he is due to lose his head via the guillotine Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) is paid a visit by Father Duffy (Ron Perlman) who is there to record his last words and hopefully an apology for his gruesome deeds. But Arthur is convinced he is innocent of the crimes he is charged with and ends up telling the Father about his life. I t all started when he met Willy Grimes (Larry Fessenden) who made their living by robbing graves to sell the bodies. But then they discovered that there was greater money to be made from the undead and so start hunting zombies & vampires which not only lead them in to conflict with a rival gang but also to their eventual arrest.
I've watched a few grave robber movies, not that I get some kick from watching the dead being dug up and unfortunately I am not going to remember "I Sell the Dead" when I come across another one as it doesn't have enough punch to be memorable. Oh it certainly has some good ideas and some reasonable special effects but it is lacking in power and energy to make it come to life.
The knock on effect of this is that the scares and jokes in "I Sell the Dead" rarely have any impact; when they have the first encounter with an undead woman the effects are okay but it doesn't make you jump or laugh when they in an accident prone sort of way kill her. It is the same with the comical dialogue especially that between Blake and Father Duffy as you can see it is meant to be funny but it just doesn't hit the right note. It is a case that the jokes are clearly there but the delivery of them is not.
What this all boils down to is that "I Sell the Dead" is a movie with a very good idea, in fact it has a lot of good ideas but the final product doesn't deliver them making it a movie which ends up slow and hard to really get into.
Tags: Zombie Movies