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Death and Cremation

4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Crest Point is stereotypical Anywhere, U.S.A., where people go about their business, attend Friday night football games and the local cops' biggest worry is youthful pranksters. Stan (Brad Dourif, the Halloween films, HBO's Deadwood, the voice of Chucky, The Lord of the Rings films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) is a 59-year-old recluse who offers cremation services from the basement of his funeral home - though he doesn't seem much interested in promoting his business. In fact, he's a deranged sociopath who eliminates anyone he perceives to be a bully. Jarod (Jeremy Sumpter, TV's Friday Night Lights, P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan, Frailty) is a fatherless, 17-year-old high school outcast who no longer even attempts to fit in at school. Things aren't much better at home with mom's abusive boyfriend (Daniel Baldwin, Vampires, Born on the Fourth of July). When Stan takes the beleaguered teen under his wing, they soon develop a demented friendship. But the neophyte makes mistakes and - as detective Fairchild (Scott Elrod, Escapee, The Switch, Hellhounds) struggles to pull together clues from local disappearances - Stan must decide if protecting his newfound prot‚g‚ is worth killing for...

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  • Actors: Brad Dourif, Jeremy Sumpter
  • Directors: Justin Steele
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Digital Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Green Apple Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00753M8U0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Death and Creamation" is elevated by a wonderfully textured and low-key performance from Brad Dourif, an underrated character actor who probably should be allowed to lead more often. He brings a nice understated sophistication to his role as a killer and humanizes a character that in a lesser genre film would have been filled by a cartoon monster.

This is not brilliant film-making by any stretch, and some of the smaller roles (especially those of the police detective and the bullies) were hammy and unprofessional. But I was struck by the interesting Harold and Maude meets Apt Pupil vibe, and the way that the story was propelled by relationships and personalties rather than--as happens too often in horror--mere events.

I will even give "Creamation" credit for setting up a memorable final "line," the answer to a crossword puzzle clue that fits beautifully. I'm not sure I would feel that I'd gotten good value if I'd paid more than, say, $10 for this movie, but if you can rent or stream it, you might find it suprisingly diverting and engaging.
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By mentalist on October 5, 2012
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it was a great movie. shows how people should be more careful on who they talk back to. i liked Jeremy Sumpter the best. From Peter Pan to a role liek this, a true artist.
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This is a very under-rated film that evokes memories of Stephen King's "Apt Pupil" without all the character background development. In short, this is a quite creepy and somewhat surprising little thriller involving a high school kid and his ultimate revenge on his tormentors. This revenge results from his unlikely bond with a reclusive mortuary owner who has a secret and strange past. Brad Dourif's excellent characterization of the boy's boss is inspired. The film has fine production values and great cinematography. As a plus, it moves like lightning, leaving no time for wasted scenes involving the background development of Dourif's character. This is left entirely to the viewer's imagination and would, in this reviewer's opinion, likely detract form the film's rapid pace. Sumpter is also very appealing and well cast as the harassed teen who finds his chance for revenge in his new job. Another great example of Indie filmmaking. (Beware: the DVD version is listed as in 1:33 aspect ration, whereas the release print is standard 1:85 widescreen Panavision)
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I've always enjoyed these actors in what ever they appear in. It is about a special bond that 2 people didn't realize they needed.
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A creative (meaning not done before, at least quite like this) story of a mistreated, humiliated-at-school goth/loner teen who wouldn't mind some payback upon his tormentors. His struggling, single mom requests that he acquires an after school job (when he bothers to go to school) which ends being with a lonely grizzled crossword puzzle solving cremator (my suspicions about crossword types is now confirmed) who doesn't take kindly to unkind people thus making good use of his skills which his newly hired help is only to willing to also acquire.

Nothing too bloody, just the usual red dyed corn syrup splattered in a non-forensically accurate manner. The acting by Dourif carries the movie, but then he has had decades to hone this particular portrayal given the number of horror and crime acting jobs he's had.
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This is by far my favorite horror movie of all time. There have been times when movies have been close to being better, but none have surpassed this movie. Brad Dourif, most known for voicing Chucky, does an amazing job as a passive-agressive funeral home director/owner/grumpy old man. The concept of killing people/characters off because of the person/characters actions and/or interactions with the killer is always a concept visited by many horror movies, most prominently Saw. Only difference is, in this movie Stan (Brad Dourif's character) personally kills them, unlike Jigsaw. Jeremy Sumpter's character Jarod, had a somewhat dissapointing character development, but it somewhat resolves itself eventually, much to my relief. The realism from all the characters added that extra bit of dimension to it, that most modern horror films seem to lack. It's the realism that really makes the story work, such as Jarod's reaction to his first kill and his innocence towards the concept of having a dead body on your hands. At points, the plot gets a bit mangled, and some concepts such as Jarod's mothers exploits seem a bit unneeded, but everything that happens in the movie happens for a reason to lend assistance to a central conflict/thought. But, all in all this movie is a must watch/buy/covet forever.
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I love this movie, I saw it online, because it had Jeremy Sumpter in it <3. Plus, Brad Dourif is awesome!! I enjoy his movies, and this was a perfect match. I recommend watching this movie if 16 years or older though, it is I think rated R. I do not recommend teens below 16 watching this movie.
This movie has content that kids shouldn't watch.
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