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Watching Movies - I'll Take Your Dead

Posted in Watching Movies by HeadlessCritic at 23:34, Nov 12 2018

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

Review of "I’ll Take Your Dead" by The Headless Critic

I’ll Take Your Dead – 2018
Production by: Black Fawn Films, Breakthrough Entertainment



The sun rises on William (Aidan Devine) at his farmhouse home. Another typical day in his life as a car full of gangbangers drop off a trunk full of dead bodies. The legend of the Candy Butcher says he got his name because blood tastes sweet to him. The reality is William is a single father with a forced special skill of disposing of dead bodies. A house with a revolving door of dead bodies isn’t the life he wanted to raise his daughter Gloria (Ava Preston) in. He’s worried the twelve year old girl says she’s started seeing the ghosts of the people whose bodies her father disposes of. Today’s unloading of corpses is a little bit different. There’s three bodies but one of them isn’t dead.

A simple coming of age story of a preteen girl, ghosts and dead bodies. Filmmakers Chad Archibald and Jayme Laforest were granted a million dollars to make ten movies. For their third feature they doubled their budget making one film out of what was originally budgeted for two. The increase of cash was used on two wonderful actors. Aidan Devine comes out of nowhere in a very impressive performance. The actor has the size to make you think something far more menacing is hiding behind the man they call The Candy Butcher with the lost confusion of a single father trying to raise a preteen girl. Ava Preston’s performance is beyond her years as she delivers dialogue like an adult in a performance that’s very reminiscent of a young Natalie Portman in The Professional.

An enthralling film from the opening scene, the characters are well defined. I personally feel the realistic story of the single father “Candy Butcher” and the situation he finds himself in is far more interesting than the supernatural offset of the film. In fact the ghosts of the film seem to only be added to call this a horror feature in what might have otherwise been an even better thriller. Without the ghostly facet a thriller version of this film has glimpses of a Clint Eastwood character driven, performance based masterpiece. As the sun sets on these young filmmakers they show talent producing a deeper story than what we typically find in the horror genre.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival


4 out of 5 Headless Critics


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