Movie Review: Art of the Dead (2019)

September 30, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Douglas Winter (Richard Grieco), goes apeshit because his fam doesn’t go all moist over his art collection with murderous results. Cut to Tess Barryman (Tara Reid) auctioning off said collection which showcases works featuring that ol’ Greatest Hits collection of bad behavior; The Seven Deadly Sins.

A real rube by the handle of Dylan Wilson (Lukas Hassel), along with his wife Gina (Jessica Morris) purchase that arcane art, and actually hold on to it even though a priest (Robert Donavan) who’s obviously seen some shit warns them that the putrid paintings can corrupt people who most identify with one of the sins. Various horrible happenings ensue (read: sex with a demon among others) with only a slim chance of ending the evil in sight!

Look, you cats n’ creeps look for the straight dope from yours cruelly, and I’m gonna lay it on ya; Art of the Dead is one hell of a surreal fright flick… and that’s why I love the shit out of it! While the trope of the “Sins” is a well trod road, this sumbitch presents the material all enrobed in blood, monsters (great practical ‘man in suit’ action here… much appreciated), deviant sex… all of the things I… and I’d wager you… love to fuck and back, and it works like a charm!

Honestly, I’m not surprised this is so wonderfully wicked and wacky; my man Rolfe Kanefsky (Black Room, Sunset Society)along with Michael Mahal and Sonny Mahal, were responsible for the equally as far-out Party Bus to Hell; which I loved (you can read that revoltin’ review right here)… and this contains the same over-the-top aesthetic that keeps the proceedings fun as beastly balls, which is enhanced by a game cast featuring the likes of Richard Grieco and Tara Reid (both of which have been turning up in our beloved horror biz more and more, and both of which always offer solid performances), and some great effects work (again, the monster suit in this pic is fuckin’ aces through and through).

Art of the Dead has a heapin’ helping of what makes the horror biz so much freaky fun; it’s a lil’ campy, a lil’ sexy, and full of supernatural shenanigans… you know; a must see!



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