I’ll Take Your Dead (2018) (Movie Review)
DIRECTED BY: Chad Archibald
STARRING: Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro
AVAILABLE FROM Black Fawn Distribution (blackfawndistribution.com)
William has a simple job … he makes dead bodies disappear. Through circumstances out of his control, his little farm house in the country has become a dumping ground for the casualties of the gang-related murders in the nearby city. His daughter Gloria has become used to rough-looking men dropping off corpses and is even convinced that some of them are haunting their house. After a woman’s body is dumped at the house, William begins his meticulous process when he realizes … she’s not actually dead.
I’ll Take Your Dead feels different and that’s a very good thing. These days it is very hard to find a movie that feels like something you haven’t seen before. Anything fresh is good and I’ll Take Your Dead certainly feels fresh. The story is a very interesting one that focuses on two extremely interesting characters, a father and his daughter. For reasons you learn about as we go along this father has to cut up and get rid of bodies that a local gang drop off and his house where he and his daughter live. All is creepy but well until the day someone is dropped off that isn’t really dead and that opens up the can of worms that will drive us through the rest of the plot. That alone is very interesting and makes for a very good watch and all of that is on display even without the mention of the more supernatural elements of the film. Those are elements that might not have totally been needed but are appreciated by this reviewer none the less. It only adds more darkness and atmosphere to the movie.
I think if nothing else you’ll come away from this one praising the acting skills of Aidan Devine and Ava Preston. These two play our father and daughter with the dark past and even darker present. If these two weren’t as good as they are in their roles I’m not sure this one would have connected as well with the viewer as it does. Of course, we also have some blood and gore along the way with people being chopped up among other horror-themed things. It’s a movie with a bit of a broad reach and it’s a movie that I feel could be considered one of the brighter spots of the year. Some of what happens might be a little predictable in the thick of things but you’ll still feel the tension and enjoy the ride from beginning to end. If you get the chance to see this one I recommend that you do so.