I’ll Take Your Dead
Directed by: Chad Archibald
Run time: 83 minutes
The Lowdown: I’ll Take Your Dead, the latest feature from the burgeoning Shout! Studios, is the best effort yet from the promising genre distributor that has moved into producing original content.
It’s also another standout addition to the growing resume of writer-director Chad Archibald, whose last film, 2017’s The Heretics, finally made good on the unfulfilled promise of his earlier work.
I’ll Take Your Dead succeeds or fails on the shoulders of its fictional father-daughter tandem, and genre veteran Aidan Devine is an unbelievable knot of internal rage and conflicted morals as William, dad to daughter Gloria (Ava Preston), whose childhood has been fractured by his peculiar talent for disposing of bodies.
William is in a no-win situation, forced to remain complicit to a powerful crime boss, if only to preserve Gloria’s safety and hopefully build enough of a nest-egg to guarantee her future.
But when a trio of freshly killed bodies reveals one victim who didn’t die, William makes a choice for the right reasons that guarantees a bad outcome for all involved.
I’ll Take Your Dead starts as a really nice character study with a smattering of solid effects that is good, but not great, but about the time it hits its one-hour mark, the film suddenly elevates to a higher level that completely takes you by surprise. From a taunt, masterfully executed standoff to a superb supernatural twist that I’ve never seen explored before, I’ll Take Your Dead delivers a climatic and mesmerizing 23-minute thrill-ride that simply will blow you away.
The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Yes.
Nudity – No.
Gore – Yes.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Ghosts and gangsters.
Buy/Rent – Buy it.
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