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Written by Elaine Lamkin   
Saturday, 12 January 2008

Directed by: Alan Rowe Kelly
Written by: Alan Rowe Kelly
Produced by: Gary Malick, Tom Cadawas
Cinematography by: Tom Cadawas, Gary Malick
Editing by: Harry Douglas, Jack Malick
Special Effects by: The Incubus Group
Music by: Tom Burns
Cast: Zoe Daelman Chlanda, Jerry Murdock, Kristin Overdurf, Tina Clark, Alan Rowe Kelly
Year: 2002
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 119 minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Distributor: Heretic Films
Official Website:

“…Laid to rest.”

Port Oram, New Jersey, the weirdest little town since Peyton Place or perhaps Salem’s Lot, is about to get just a little weirder.  The Beech Funeral Home, the quintessential creepy house on the hill outside of town (and very similar to Norman Bates’ home architecturally), needs some help and a strange but lovely young woman named Dolores Finley (Chlanda) answers their ad.  Soon enough, she has won over both Mr. Beech (Bill Corry) with her talents in the embalming room and Mrs. Beech (Katherine O’Sullivan) with her remarkable resemblance to the Beeches’ dead daughter, Sharon.  Offered the job and invited to live in the 10-year deceased Sharon’s room, Dolores lugs her mysterious trunk and other belongings into the funeral home and the mayhem begins.

See, the “straight out of ‘American Gothic’” Beeches already have two other employees, Jake (Murdock, in a duel role that completely surprised me when the credits rolled), the Neanderthal handyman whose brother is the town sheriff and Corey, the bitchy makeup artist for the dearly departed (director Kelly).  Neither is any too happy to have this interloper come in and possibly interfere with the little body snatching business they have going on the side.  But Dolores has her own little “secrets” going on behind literal closed doors.  And after the death of the local sheriff’s girlfriend’s brother Eddie (P.J. Mehaffey) in an accident, Dolores finds herself attracted to him and decides to replace the “lovers” she travels with in her trunk with Eddie.  So, we now have body snatching, necrophilia, disembowelments, murders galore, insanity and a weird Goth nurse, Olive (Linda Leven), to “enjoy”.

The film is a bit too long and the fact that there are 19 deleted scenes in the “Extras” makes one wonder just how long a film Kelly was going for.  The acting by the leads is fine but there are several supporting folk who could have used a bit more rehearsal.  The score by Tom Burns works well with the subject matter, being quite eerie and creepy when called for and the setting is great – LOVE that old funeral home on the hill!  Though shot on DV, the picture is very good and has the grainy quality of an old 70s horror movie.

All in all, I really enjoyed I’ll Bury You Tomorrow as it is quite different from any other indie horror film I’ve seen recently and the black humor in it as well as the behind-the-scenes look at mortuary science…well, I found it all fascinating and fun.  Also, the film has won a number of indie film awards, among them: Best Feature Film at the Telluride IndieFest 2002 and the Key West IndieFest 2003 and Best Horror Feature at the New York Intl. Independent Film & Video Festival 2002.  Give it a look sometime or check out its official website:

And I’ll bet you’ll be singing or humming the “catchy” little song over the closing credits for DAYS to come.


- Theatrical Trailers
- Bloopers
- Deleted Scenes
- Photo Gallery

This Heretic Films DVD contain 3 trailers, bloopers, 19 deleted scenes and a photo gallery.

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