Interview with the Resurrectionist

Tell me if you think these words belong together: “Victorian,” “supernatural,” “grave-robber,” and “comedy.”

If the answer is “yes,” go rent I Sell the Dead. Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) is a resurrectionist about to be executed for his crimes; Francis Duffy (Ron Perlman) is a priest who comes to interview him before his head gets chopped off. Blake tells the story of how, as a wee lad, he got into the body-snatching trade — and then how he and his mentor discovered the real money was in stealing the undead. Wacky hijinks ensue.

It’s a low-budget film that embraces its limitations and turns them into an aesthetic: lots of fog-filled shots with painted backdrops, occasional fades to cartoon sketches, that kind of thing. And, y’know, a fairly sick sense of humour. But you’ve already admitted you think a resurrectionist comedy sounds like a good idea, so there’s no point in pretending you aren’t going to laugh at the jokes.

I rented it in the name of research. There will be no grave-robbing in this novel, but if an Onyx Court body-snatcher story shows up at some point, you’ll know what source to blame.

0 Responses to “Interview with the Resurrectionist”

  1. leatherdykeuk

    Ah, yes. I enjoyed that one.

  2. kendokamel

    That sounds awesome!

  3. d_c_m

    I heard this movie was good and I want to see it. 🙂

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