I Sell the Dead (2008)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  16 January 2009 (USA)
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A grave robber reflects on his life of crime.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Quint
Fanny Briers
Daniel Manche ...
Young Arthur
Eileen Colgan ...
James Godwin ...
Old Man
Ronnie (as Joel Garland)
Jack Flood
Alisdair Stewart ...
Heather Bullock ...
Valentine Kelly
Chris Shaw ...
Howling Man


18th century justice catches up with a pair of grave robbers. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy. Before long, Arthur spills the beans on how he got started in the grim corpse peddling business with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes. Written by Anonymous

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Never Trust A Corpse


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eu Vendo os Mortos  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,529 (USA) (7 August 2009)


$7,066 (USA) (14 August 2009)

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)


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2.35 : 1
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The role of Fanny Briers was specifically written for Brenda Cooney to play. See more »


Supposedly set in the 18th century, Fanny pulls out a modern-day pocket knife. See more »


Arthur Blake: You be careful of dreams, Fanny. They'll lead you down a garden path and into a ditch before you know it. The Fortune of War Pub? Filled with people who followed their dreams. Look what they got to.
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Watch This Movie! It's Fun, Exciting, and Unbelievably Original.
1 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I sell the dead revolves around convicted grave robber Arthur Blake. Blake's friend and fellow grave robber Willie Grimes has just been executed and Blake is going to follow suit the next morning. While he sits in his cell awaiting his execution a priest named Father Duffy comes in and asks him if he will tell all he has seen as a grave robber. He then proceeds to give Father Duffy a quasi biography of his more interesting exploits.

The plot pretty much consists of several incidents only tied together by chronology. This prevents the viewer from ever getting bored but it also makes the events less significant as you could easily add or remove a lot of scenes without noticing it much. Though flawed, I thought overall this method added to the fun loving nature of the film and kept it very entertaining. Most of the various stories are good, specifically the alien, the Murphy's and the vampire, but others weren't so great.

The acting isn't amazing but I didn't find it bad at any point. Dominic Monaghan had a good performance as he managed to be serious when it mattered and also play very well into the comedic parts of the film.

The characters were not extremely in-depth, but they were all interesting. I also enjoyed how a number of the villains were done in a over-the-top almost comic book manner. The part with the back story of the Murphy's and their gang is priceless.

So overall, I Sell the Dead very successfully combines horror, comedy and sci-fi into a mish mash of fun and excitement. It is one of the more interesting and original movies I have seen in a while, and it's unfortunate that independent films like this don't get more recognition.

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