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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘I’ll Take Your Dead’

October 17, 2018Sherry Li

I'll Take Your Dead, from Canadian director Chad Archibald, is a fun and thrilling ride packed with lots of scares and a surprisingly likeable cast.

Known as the candy butcher, William (Aidan Devine) is the man who makes dead bodies disappear. Gangs drop them off at his farm and William gets rid of them. Then one day, the body of a woman (Jess Salgueiro) presumed to be dead — but isn't — arrives, and William decides to hide her until he can figure out what to do. His young daughter, Gloria (Ava Preston), who seems to be desensitized to all the dead bodies being brought in, also begins to connect with her.

Almost the entire film is set on the farmhouse, which is creepy and feels haunted, even when there isn't anything there. Though the first half of the movie is a slow burn, the second half is certainly as thrilling as the premise hints it to be. Still, I'll Take Your Dead is a surprisingly touching story at its core — about a father who will do whatever it takes to protect his daughter.

I'll Take Your Dead makes its Toronto premiere at the 2018 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 23 min.

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