Movie Review: I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD

I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD was directed by Chad Archibald from a screenplay by Jayme Laforest and stars Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro, Ari Millen, Brandon McKnight, Michael Reventar, Adam Christie, Raffaele Brereton, Tavaree Daniel-Simms and Moe Jeudy-Lamour.

William has a simple job: he makes dead bodies disappear. This isn’t something he likes to or even wants to do, but 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. As the gang activity increases, William patches the woman up and holds her against her will until he can figure out what to do. As they begin to develop a very unusual respect for each other, the woman’s murderers get word that she’s still alive and make plan to go finish what they started.

The story centers around William and his 12-year-old daughter Gloria who live in an old house in an isolated setting. The mother isn’t around and this is explained in the movie. William is known as the “Candy Butcher,” and has become sort of an urban legend around the parts. His rural location serves as the dumping ground where gangbangers drop off dead bodies and William makes them disappear. Just use your imagination and that’s all you need. One of the bodies that gets dropped off isn’t dead so William and Gloria end up helping the young woman heal her life-threatening wounds.

William and Gloria’s house guest is Jackie (Jess Salgueiro) and she goes into hysterics when she first realizes that she’s in a strange place and doesn’t remember how she got there. The father and daughter slowly bond with her and some trust is built between them. What happens is, the bad people that dropped off Jackie’s body finds out that she’s still alive so they return to finish the job but William and Gloria aren’t willing to let them have her without a fight. The gangbangers are heavily armed but when they enter the old farm house they discover there’s more than just William, Gloria and Jackie they’re dealing with. Gloria always said the old house was haunted and in the end everybody finds out.

I’ll Take Your Dead ended up being a well-executed chiller that’s a mixture of psychogical thriller and supernatural horror with a strong human factor added in. The story is interesting because it deals with a father who will do anything to provide for his daughter, even when it’s bad. Simply put, he’s a good man who’s doing some bad things. I thought the cast did a great job with their characters, especially the three leads but young Ava Preston delivered an emotional performance and really stole the show – even from the creepy ghosts that haunt her house. Speaking of the ghosts, this is a horror movie after all so there are some terrifying figures that dwell within. Simply put, the special effects looked creepy cool.

Bottom line is, I’ll go ahead and check I’ll Take Your Dead off as another winner from Chad Archibald (Bite, The Drownsman, The Heretics), and his Black Fawn Films family, who never disappoints. Archibald always comes up with something new and interesting for the horror fans – this time it’s a character driven haunted house thriller with a lot of heart and it’s his best movie to date. The emotionally-charged chiller has a lot to offer, from the eerie supernatural element, to the home invasion threat, to the close relationship between this father and daughter that’s actually the driving force of the movie. I’ll Take Your Dead will be playing in select theaters and On Demand on May 3rd.

Distributor: Shout! Studios

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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