This weekend I was a guest on the awesome TGT Media show with the amazing host Kurtis Sasso. We discussed all thing Teenage Love Zombies and Creephouse Comics and had a blast doing it. Check out the show here and while you are there check out what Kurt and TGT are up to. Trust me you won’t regret it.
I can’t help but think of that Alice Cooper song I Love the Dead when I see this title. This movie and Alice’s song really have nothing to do with each other (except the dead) but that’s just my nerdy brain at work.
I Sell the Dead went way to far under the radar for such a cool little movie. I think it came out on DVD with little to no theatrical showing or even fanfare. Which is a shame because this is an awesome one and done horror movie. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel or spend copious amounts of time explaining a concept we are all familiar with (vampires, zombies, grave digging) and it has fun with itself. It’s one of those rare horror movies that has a sense of humor to it that isn’t based on over the top gore or poking fun at the established genre rules.
The story involves two grave robbers and some of their stories from the trade. It’s all told in flashback as one of them awaits the gallows. What I enjoy most about this movie is that it has a classic horror feel to it. It’s full of fog covered graveyards, weird scene transitions, a silly score and even a sort of comic book effect that use a couple times. It’s just a good solid, fun horror movie and at the time it came out it was such a refreshing movie for me to watch. No torture or seriously gritty remakes. Horror can be fun and I Sell the Dead proves that.
I’m not sure how common this knowledge is but Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King and guess what, he writes too. I’m sure the name change was to help him get his work published on it’s own merits rather than his fathers acclaim but if you have seen a picture of him, he is the spitting image of Dad. Regardless, Joe Hill is here and is making strides to dominate horror as well.
I was introduced to his work through constant badgering and recommendations for his comic series Locke & Key. I feel ashamed that I had to be forced into that one because Locke & Key is one of the finest pieces of horror anything I have ever consumed. So that alone made me a fan. This whole time I had a copy of his second novel Horns sitting on my unread book shelf (yes I have a bookshelf whose purpose is only to hold unread material) calling to me. “You loved Locke & Key, why not give me a try?” So finally, I read his second novel Horns.
The non existing, imaginary book voice was right. I loved Horns, just like I loved Locke & Key. Is it as great as Locke & Key? No, but it’s damn good.
The general premise is the main character wakes up with devil like horns growing from his head. These horns, he quickly discovers force people to be brutally honest with him. Oh and he was accused of raping and murdering his long time girlfriend. Trust me it’s very intriguing.
From page one it takes off and I couldn’t put it down. The only thing that derailed me for a moment was the constant use of flashback, and this is where you will become acutely aware that Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. A longing theme of days con by with fond recollections from the characters youth. Sound familiar. Hill manages to make it work to his benefit however but I found myself rushing through those parts to get back to the main narrative.
Hill has two other books out and I think I will be taking the plunge on those as well. If you are looking for a quality horror read this season try out Horns. Locke & Key should be mandatory.
P.S. There is a movie coming out soon starring none other than Harry Potter himself as the main character.
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