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The Living and the Dead (2008)

A movie directed by Simon Rumley

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More like a disturbing experience then a horror movie.

  • Mar 3, 2008
Rating:
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Clearly this is not a horror movie about haunted mansions or axe-wielding maniacs, but it's as coolly disconcerting a thriller as you're likely to come across. Death of a parent, impotence in the face of an unbeatable disease, the awareness of one's own dementia, the fear of being left, alone, unwanted... These are the things that Simon Rumley wants to address, and he does so with a good intensity with The Living and the Dead. Well, as much as mildly I appreciate the film, it's not one I aim to re-visit any time real soon.

The dank and captivating setting (Tottenham House, Wiltshire, UK) helps set the tone a whole heck of a lot, as do all three of the lead performances. Roger Lloyd-Pack and Kate Fahy deliver some great work as the parents, but it's Leo Bill as the slowly disintegrating James that commands the most attention. Most actors play "mentally handicapped" with a stock set of established tics, tricks and gimmicks, but this actor does something that not even Sean Penn could pull off: The "retarded" character is actually a three-dimensional, conflicted and entirely sympathetic anti-hero (anti-villain?) -- even when he's committing some really unpleasant acts.

Most certainly not for all tastes, The Living and the Dead is a devious and admirably twisted little mind-bender of a genre flick. I hesitate to call it a true blue Horror Movie, but there's no denying that the movie packs a few meaty punches -- and if you stay with it till the end, I bet this flick will stick with you for at least a few hours. Whether or not that's a good thing is entirely up to you.

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review by . May 12, 2012
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**** out of ****    Simon Rumley's "The Living and the Dead" is nearly indescribable in the elaborate, graphically striking ways that it manages to transcend typical genre classification and identification. I guess you could call it a horror film, but then again, the horror is all naturalistic; as they say, terror starts at home. But then, there is a very emotionally engaging dramatic story that draws us in and possibly away from the negative energy that the film gives off, pushing …
review by . April 25, 2008
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THE LIVING AND THE DEAD sounds like it has a decent plot, but don't be fooled. Things are so convoluted and disoriented that even when the plot begins to make sense, it doesn't matter.    Former Lord Donald Brocklebank's (Roger Lloyd-Pack) wife, Nancy (Kate Fahyl) is physically ill and is getting worse. Meanwhile, Donald's only son, James (Leo Bill), is delusional and a borderline psychotic who can't be trusted to be by himself. The family lives in the once extravagant, but now …
review by . March 21, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
'The Living and the Dead' tells the story of a husband who has to go away to help pay for his wife's medical bills. The mother is left alone in the home with their adult mentally challenged son and nurse and the result is a horror movie that is just not good. If you enjoy bad movies or bad horror movies specifically this might be a good selection for you, but 90% of the movie loving world will not love this piece of work.    ** NOT RECOMMENDED
review by . February 21, 2008
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"The Living and the Dead"    Realistic Horror    Amos Lassen    Get ready for a descent into hell with the new horror film "The Living and the Dead". It is raw and real and very scary. It is an unusual film in that it is so bold. The cinematography is fantastic, the actors are excellent, the editing is mad and the music is amazing.   "Ex-Lord" Donald Brocklebank finds that he has to leave Longleigh House to go to London in order …
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An indie-horror classic of the future! --Salon.com
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Director: Simon Rumley
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
Runtime: 83 minutes
Studio: TLA
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"Realistic Horror"
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