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It was a time of ghouls, ghosts and most ghastly of all, the fine art of grave robbing. Dominic Monaghan of LORD OF THE RINGS and LOST stars as 19th century corpse snatcher Arthur Blake, who pilfered the cemeteries and coffins of England until his capture by police. But just before Blake is to meet the hangman s noose, he will confess to a peculiar priest (Ron Perlman of HELLBOY and SONS OF ANARCHY) his gruesome tale of vampires, zombies and cadaver dealing that takes him from the savagery of the criminal underworld to the terrors of the undead. Producer Larry Fessenden (WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER) and Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM) co-star in this deliriously grisly and hilarious homage to foggy graveyards, bloody mayhem and the golden age gothic horror.
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This is a spoiler so don't read further:
My favorite scene: they were on the beach and a zombie was in the "cage" and when Valentine took her mask off..........
This movie is a work of genius because...
This is in no particular order:
1. Ron Perlman. That dude is sooooo freakin tall. I loved him the first Beauty and the Beast T.V. series so I was excited. I am huge fan of him. He is malicious ****er in this film, but that is why we love our Ronnie!!!
2. Dominic Monaghan. Yes, I admit it. The first thing that motivated me to buy this movie was the obvious hobbit eye candy. But, Dom's acting mastery has impressed me so much in the past anyhow that I had to see him in a horror flick. Honestly, he should do more horror genres. I know he's not crazy about horror, but it's an excellent mesh for him. You'll see what I mean when you see him in the role of Arthur Blake. Monaghan does some amazing, twisting facial expressions in many scenes. Very entertaining to watch!
3. Essence of Comedy. Holy Moly. I love how they make fun of the undead. It's like The Walking Dead meets The Munsters or Addams Family. Fantastic! There is great seen where Arthur's (Monaghan) buddy gets molested by a zombie. It's freakin awesome and down right hilarious!
4. Makeup, please! The makeup has that very heavy effect in this film for what I believe is an asset and for a good reason. They are heavy with the makeup to bring back the same look as the old Dracula movies (In Loving Memory Of Sir Christopher Lee) so it works very well for this film as well causing one to reminisce.
5. New acting talents. The other actors aside from Monaghan and Perlman were to me anyhow, maybe not be the same for some of you. We'll start off with Dr. Vernon Quint played by Angus Scrimm. Srimm's character is a deviant little...man, ahem...he projects an obvious essence fiendness and twisted, weird old man syndrome to the max! Now, onto Willie Grimes. OH MY GAWD! BRILLIANT!!! I was fascinated by Larry Fessenden's character as kind of a dopey sidekick to Monaghan's more light-hearted character. It was a great combo! Excellent casting for this team. Fessenden's character was very well brought. It is obvious that Willie loves Arthur like he was his own son, but Willie makes it obvious to Arthur on many occasions that he's not his dad and doesn't want to be. He'd rather be looked up to as Arthur's older and wiser pal. Arthur even considers leaving "working" along side Willie to join a gang of crazies because let's face it as knowledgeable as Willie is, he's an idiot when it comes to running him and Arthur's "business".
6. The only disappointment in this film. Bad love interest choice. Even though, it's Monaghan's love interest. That's not why I am saying this. Still, Emilie DeRavin was worse. Oooh, I know what my next review is gonna be now! Brenda Cooney as Fanny Briers. I understand her role. That she is supposed to play a "mentally challenged" blonde woman, but her acting alone made her appear fake and overdone. They should have gave her better dialogue and made her character tougher. She is going up against men for pity sake. Give the girl some balls. She still some damsel in distress qualities to her which is a part of old films that didn't need to be kept prevelant. Let's move into the 21st Century, shall we??? Not meaning to say that Brenda Cooney is a bad actress at all. She would've worked better with Monaghan if she projected herself more sexually to him right from the start. She didn't even seem interested him and she's supposed to be his girlfriend. It is good that she appeared interested in Arthur and Willie's "business", but anyone woman knows that you need to show a genuine interest or at least make it appear like you are interest to Monaghan's character knowing that she can manipulate him easier if she was to come onto him more often. Being in Arthur Blake's shoes, realistically, I would've turned Fanny down instantly because a real man can see through horse caca like that well enough not to fall for that. That made Monaghan's character appear stupid and easily manipulated which should have surfaced sooner than what it did. Fanny should've been nice and kind to Arthur also confusing Willie as well so he would just think of Arthur and Fanny being your average happy go lucky lovers. Then the instant Fanny shows interest in their "business" the audience would flip out and know that she's a bad apple. But that would leave both Arthur and Willie oblivious to Fanny's true intentions. They could've also done a scheming little twist by making Fanny part of Willie and Arthur's rival team causing Fanny to be hated be she is obviously using both Arthur and Willie to get more dirt on them because she was working for the enemy the whole time. Just an idea. Fanny's character would've brilliant then.
All-in-all though this film deserved the five star rating based on its creative stroke of genius alone.