After.Life (2009)

Posted in Reviews by - January 04, 2013
After.Life (2009)

After.Life is a genuinely creepy tale, which mostly takes place in a local funeral home’s underground mortuary. This horror also benefits greatly from having a stellar cast, including Liam Neeson who was excellent as the cold, moody morgue director, Eliot Deacon.

From the start, we never know whether to trust Deacon who seems to be able to communicate with the dead, or whether he is in fact a dangerous, psychotic funeral director. Consequently, the movie has enough ambiguity to keep us guessing as to the real relationship between Deacon and his unfortunate  corpses right to the end, whilst also maintaining a level of tension, melancholy and dread which made After.Life a truly haunting, chiller.

Christina Ricci was great as the unhappy school teacher Anna Taylor, while the movie lost nothing from having her appear in most of the movie wearing little but a blood red slip. More specifically, the audience is fully drawn into the mystery of whether she is at the mercy of Deacon, or whether she really is dead in the morgue but unable to face the truth that she never really lived in the first place.

Overall, this spooky, gothic tale was a real treat to watch and may well prove be many a horror fan’s cup of embalming fluid.

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This post was written by James
Hi, My name is James Atticus and I have had a keen passion for movies ever since being blown away while watching 'A Trip to the Moon' back in 1902. Hardly surprisingly, I am a big sci-fi and horror fan, although my love of film extends throughout all the genres. One of my favourite quotes about cinema was told to me by Alfred Hitchcock, who said: "For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake." To which I replied, "Don't mind if I do!"

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