The return of a vengeful ex-girlfriend sets into motion a series of gruesome events for a hapless Irish bachelor in director Robert Quinn's grim black comedy.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy McGann
Jean Goodman
Darren Healy ...
Viv McCormack
Mr. O'Leary
Des Nealon ...
Mr. Kearns
Gordon Ellis (as Gerard Mcsorley)
Liz Quinn ...
Receptionist in Gym
Brendan O'Sullivan ...
Police Officer
Detective Inspector Wheeler (as Seán Mcginley)
Frank Coughlan ...
Desk Sergeant
Helen (as Sarah-Jane Drummey)
Alan Robinson ...
Police Officer in Coffee Shop
Breffni Winston ...
Police Officer in Coffee Shop (as Breffni Whiston)


The return of a vengeful ex-girlfriend sets into motion a series of gruesome events for a hapless Irish bachelor in director Robert Quinn's grim black comedy.

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Every situation is a grave situation.


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25 April 2003 (Ireland)  »

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Dates on Garda security camera in one scene show 9 September 2003. In a subsequent scene, the date is 5 September 2003. See more »


Jean Goodman: How come you're never around when I need you?
Tommy McGann: Jean, we've split up.
Jean Goodman: I needed you last night. And where were you?
Tommy McGann: I told you, I was at...
Jean Goodman: You were at a party. Ah, that's great Tommy. And how inconsiderate of me to need you last night. How awful my timing is. What a selfish bitch I am! I come in, and that fucking lizard is roaming around. I've been trapped in the bedroom since I got here.
Tommy McGann: He's not a lizard, he's a bearded dragon.
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...and from the writer of my second favourite book series is - DEAD BODIES
15 March 2012 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

I wanted to see this because of the simple fact that I wanted to know what Derek Landy was like as a scriptwriter in comparison to a novelist (I adore Landy's books - I'm in the middle of reading Skulduggery Pleasant 4 at the moment, my fav book series being the Harjunpää books). Needless to say that in comparison he is better as a novelist.

The premise of the film is that a guy is forced to get back together with his girlfriend, he doesn't like it one bit - they fight one day and the guy pushes her and leaves - after getting back into the house with his friend he finds his girlfriend dead - as soon as possible he bury's the body and coming across another at the place he bury's her then he reports the disappearance and they find the bodies.

Then after that it gets extremely complicated after that. I won't say any more though because to say more would show some of the twists and turns that happen within. It is also obvious that Landy wanted to make a sequel because of the open plot line at the end.

I did think that when watching that I wouldn't know anybody from it but I did, you will see Kelly Reilly in this who played Mary in Hollywood's Sherlock Holmes. Anyway this is decent entertainment, from the dialogue you can tell this is the writer of Skulduggery Pleasant.

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