Charm would probably not be the first adjective to come to mind in describing a movie about body-
snatching the dead (and, some-
times, the undead) in Victorian Eng-
land. But there it is. Charming: That describes, about as well as any single word TrustMovies can think of, the feeling that ebbs, first moment to last, from Glenn McQuaid's new
film I SELL THE DEAD. Talk about re-inventing and re-animating the horror flick: This movie does it very nearly via subtle style alone.
McQuaid's brand of charm is pretty quirky, I'll give you that. (He begins with one of his lead characters going to the guillotine -- and, no, there's nary a last-minute rep-
rieve). Yet as writer, director and editor (that's he, above, in front of the guillotine), McQuaid -- and his cleverly chosen cast -- bring this unusual movie to life without ever for a moment "pushing" the charm factor. It seems but a natural part of these bizarre yet utterly typical (think Hammer Horror goes deadpan) proceedings.
I Sell the Dead opens its theatrical run this Friday in NYC at the Quad Cinema (not, as I earlier reported, at the IFC Center), and on August 14 in Los Angeles. The film begins showing On-Demand next Wednesday, August 12. Check your local TV reception provider, under IFC On-Demand, for specifics.