Written by: John White on April 2nd, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: United States, 2002
Director: Alan Rowe Kelly
Cast: Zoe Daelman Chlanda, Bill Corry, Katherine O’Sullivan, Jerry Murdock, Kristen Overdurf ,Renee West, Alan Rowe Kelly
DVD released: May 31 2005
Approximate running time: 119 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic
Rating: Not Rated
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Heretic
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Dolores has just moved to town and wants a job at the local mortuary where she meets the oddballs who work there. The two helpers are running a business in selling body parts and Dolores has a large surprise in her trunk which makes her particularly interested in a mortuary. The local Sheriff becomes involved when local people start dying and the helpers try to blackmail Dolores when they discover her special interest. When the truth starts to out will the rugged Sheriff, the religious mortician’s wife or the Sheriff’s girlfriend stop the ungodly goings on at the Beech funeral home?
Alan Rowe Kelly wrote, directed and starred in this piece of suburban grand guignol which fears little for taste, God or authority. He actually stars as a woman who gets buried alive and this kind of Ed Wood charm is one of the strong points of this film. The film is resolutely low budget with the look of a daytime soap and a certain awareness of it’s cheapness which works well. One scene in a strip joint is so skanky that the sheer ugliness of the strippers adds to the seediness.
The main characters are a warped lot. The two helpers at the funeral home are a sleaze bag and the ugliest woman I have ever seen and they rob the graves of body parts which they sell on. When their buyer demands fresher products they decide to lend the grim reaper a helping hand. Dolores is a sexually abused fruitcake who likes nothing better than a nice relaxing evening enjoying a rotting corpse and will do whatever she needs to get this. She is handy with an axe and reliant on all manner of medication to keep her sane. The supporting cast are a mixture of uglies, crazies and bimbos who are dispatched as bloodily as possible. Handsome cops, beautiful heroines, decent morticians and even nuns are the prey as the film assaults all good taste and denies any respite from the sickness on show.
I’ll Bury You Tomorrow is no masterpiece but it has enough gory charm and outrageous fun to make it worth your time. It is a good 25 minutes too long and seriously derivative of better films like Carnival of Souls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dead and Buried. But if you want to laugh at good people getting theirs and the baddies winning out you could do worse.
This film has been transferred from a very cheap video source and consequently the main feature is not of high quality in visual terms. The picture is soft throughout and the scenes all look odd in terms of how they were lit and the nighttime sequences are too dark to see much at times. The sound is again a poor source especially in the outside sequences where voices are picked up poorly. This is probably a recording problem rather than anything else and the DVD is not to blame but the initial production of the film.
The extras include trailers, a blooper real and a shed load of deleted scenes. Heretic have done a good job on this movie from a difficult place given the available resources.
This isn’t a modern horror classic but has a kind of loopy cult charm, worth a rent at least.
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