BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
I SELL THE DEAD (2008)
Section of the cinematic cemetery: Zombie horror meets illegal crime thriller
Cause of (premature) death: It’s a low-budget black comedy horror that’s only grossed… (wait for it)… $8,050 in its entire theatre run in the U.S. It ran at 17 international film fests (including Toronto After Dark) before its theatre run, then came out a year later on DVD. But it’s next to impossible to track down for rental. (But buying it isn’t a bad idea at all.)
What its tombstone would read: Two grave robbers turned zombie traffickers got framed for murder. Zombie traffickers, you ask? When the dead-body snatching business goes cold, they turned to capturing the undead (and various other supernatural creatures) for sale.
Why it should be revived: If it’s not already clear, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s part zombie movie, part crime horror and part black comedy. It’s beautifully stylized; it’s dark, detailed and creepy. It’s silly and slapstick, bordering on over-the-top if not for the actors who fully commit and make it convincing. The score is fittingly a combination of whimsical and creepy (think The Addams Family meets The Nightmare Before Christmas). But this film definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s only for the slightly offbeat horror fanatics.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psfPNVTZjzc]