Death and Cremation (2010)
Director: Justin Steele
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In a typical American suburb filled with middle class morals, a lonely 59-year-old, Stan, contributes to society by offering cremation services from his basement. In fact, Stan murders neighbors he perceives to be social bullies. Jarod, a fatherless 17-year-old high school outcast, lands an after-school job in Stan’s cremation house and the two develop an unusual working relationship that quickly evolves into a partnership. As detective Matt Fairchild puts together clues from local disappearances, Stan must decide if protecting his newfound trainee is worth killing for.
I think on the surface this is a film that is fun to watch for a number of reasons. Mostly for the performance of Brad Dourif in the role of our anti-hero, Stanley. Stanley is an odd character. He does very bad things. He does HORRIBLE things. But he does these things to people who are usually jerks or bulling someone else. It makes for an interesting dynamic and it gets even more interesting when we takes Jarod under his wing and teaches him more than just how to cremate bodies. So if you are wondering if it’s worth watching, the simple answer to that would be a big YES.
But the film does leave you wanting more in a few areas. We have moments of gore and other times we kind of cut away from it. And the film while at normal running time does seem short. That’s a good problem to have. But the fact that things do seem a little incomplete is a bit odd. Maybe it’s setting us up for a sequel down the road? It’s hard to say but I think overall we get a film that is fun and makes for a nice little watch when you want to watch something that isn’t 100% serious and still not goofy. So if you get the chance to see it be sure to check it out. Brad Dourif is great here.