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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Perlman was sent a rough draft of the script and initially declined when asked to be in the movie after reading said rough draft. Moreover, Perlman sent notes to writer/director Glenn McQuaid on how to improve the screenplay. After the script was revised to Perlman's satisfaction, he agreed to act in the movie. See more »


During the drinking contest, the flagon that Fanny uses to signal the start of the contest changes between the time that she picks it up and the time she begins to drink from it. 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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Referenced in The New Tales from Beyond the Pale (2015) See more »


Waxies Dargle
Vocals: Joe Hurley
Backing Vocals: Glenn McQuaid
Additional Vocals: John Vernon, Aidan Redmond, Alisdair Stewart
Guitar: Brendan O'Shea
Fiddle: Tom Chiu
Arranger: Jeff Grace
Recorded and Mixed by John Moros
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I've Seen The Dead
29 October 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie as part of the Midnite Madness at Sitges. Set in 18th century England, the plot covers the life of Arthur Blake from his first outing as an apprentice grave robber to his final confession on the eve of his execution.

The plot moves along via a series of misadventures involving Arthur and his partner encountering various unsavory characters and bizarre situations.

The first thing that strikes you about this movie is how accurately they managed to capture the look of the Hammer period horrors, the atmosphere is set with lots of fog laden graveyards, rowdy tavern scenes and excellent set/costume design.

For a movie titled I Sell the Dead, I was expecting the emphasis to be mostly on horror – don't get me wrong there are some jumpy moments and gore, but the tone is very much comedic, driven by the situations the characters get themselves into and their dialog. The closest comparison to the scenes between the two leads (Larry Fessenden and Dominic Monaghan) is the character interaction seen in the classic English comedies Only Fools and Horses, the Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.

The acting is strong and the casting of very familiar faces in Ron Perlman and Angus Scrimm lift the movie above many of the others on view in Sitges.

Overall the movie offers something very different to the current crop of mainstream horror and will leave a smile on your face.

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