With I’ll Take Your Dead we get the evolution of a local filmmaker who is truly finding his wheelhouse.
William (Aidan Devine) 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, he simply must. His daughter Gloria (Ava Preston) has become used to corpses being dropped off 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. William patches the woman up and holds her against her will but as they begin to develop a very unusual respect for each other, the woman’s murderers get word that she’s still alive and have to go finish what they started.
Less of a straight horror effort then you’d expect; I’ll Take Your Dead works as an interesting little character fable that in many ways plays out like an episode of the Twilight Zone would back in the day.
Archibald stages every shot with meticulous care trying to craft an environment that is both inviting and creepy all at the same time while the script from Jayme LaForest has some genuine layers of character to it and makes an effort for us to genuinely care about what is going on around us.
Veteran character actor Aidan Devine really holds the piece together with stern and an emotionally haggard performance as William while his daughter played by Ava Preston is an awkward revelation along side a strong ensemble.
I’ll Take Your Dead is about the horror of abandon and of loneliness and while it might not be what audiences could expect it has the emotional depth to resonate with audiences long after a cheap jump scare.
For more information on this and anything in else in Toronto After Dark lineup which runs from October 11th through the 19th.