Pete’s Peek | Dominic Monaghan in I Sell the Dead


If you love old Amicus and Hammer films like Tales from the Crypt and The Vampire Lovers, then you will get a blast out of I Sell the Dead.

Dominic Monaghan (yep, Charlie off Lost) plays Arthur Blake, a, 18th-century grave robber awaiting his death sentence, while Hellboy’s Ron Perlman plays Father Duffy, a priest who gets to hear Blake’s life story as he awaits his execution.

What follows is a horrific, but hilarious, account of Blake’s exploits with his mentor Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden) as they procure dead bodies for the bonkers Dr Vernon Quint (Phantasm’s Angus Scrimm in brilliant form), and discover a lucrative new venture in digging up vampires and zombies.

But standing in their way of the big money is the notorious Murphy family, rival grave robberies who will stop at nothing to cash in on selling the undead to the highest bidder.

The grisly exploits of Blake and Grimes are chilling and funny in equal measure, though some scenes where they banter ala Hope and Crosby just don’t work. Still, I Sell the Dead is a hugely atmospheric romp that will go down well at any Halloween bash.

The DVD and Blu-ray releases feature an audio commentary by director Glenn McQuaid, audio commentary by Dominic Monaghan and Larry Fessenden, a making of featurette, and visual effects.

Released 19 October