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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.


Glenn McQuaid
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Monaghan ... Arthur Blake
Larry Fessenden ... Willy Grimes
Angus Scrimm ... Dr. Quint
Ron Perlman ... Father Duffy
Brenda Cooney ... Fanny Briers
John Speredakos ... Cornelius Murphy
Daniel Manche ... Young Arthur
Eileen Colgan ... Maisey O'Connell
James Godwin ... Old Man
Joel Marsh Garland ... Ronnie (as Joel Garland)
Aidan Redmond ... Jack Flood
Alisdair Stewart Alisdair Stewart ... Bulger
Heather Bullock Heather Bullock ... Valentine Kelly
Chris Shaw Chris Shaw ... Executioner
Martin Pfefferkorn ... 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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Did You Know?


A graphic novel of the film has been released, with Glenn McQuaid writing and illustrations by Brahm Revel (October, 2009). 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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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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No Hobbits Here, Just Grave Robbers
4 June 2010 | by dagonseveSee all my reviews

What's this? Another recent title? It'd be ridiculous for your fellow ghoul not to keep current with today's releases. I'll try to keep this one brief because I'm still unsure of my opinion in terms of the outcome.

I Sell the Dead is about a man by the name of Arthur Blake (played by Dominic Monaghan, commonly recognizable as Charlie from Lost and also a hobbit in The Lord of the Rings trilogy) who confesses his grave robbing crimes to a priest named Father Duffy (your neighborhood friendly Ron Pearlman). Set in the Victorian era, Blake goes into detail concerning the exploits of his misadventures with his partner Willie. They soon come into contact with a rival grave-plundering gang led by the vicious corpsegrinder Cornelius Murphy.

Several twists and turns are contained within peppered by obvious comedic elements. Unfortunately, I've seen better attempts at black comedy on BET. As I mentioned earlier, rating this film is not an easy task. Part of me thoroughly enjoyed the artistic approach and silly premise. On the other hand, I had a difficult time interpreting the pace. Several scenes felt disjointed and out-of-place, leaving me to ponder whether or not it was intentional. The acting is solid, of course. If you enjoy the mixture of comedy and horror (which, to be honest, I'm touchy about) then I would recommend checking this one out. Shut your brain off and enjoy the show...just don't expect anything groundbreaking.

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,529, 9 August 2009

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Technical Specs


(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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