Posted: 06/25/2004


I’ll Bury You Tomorrow


by Barry Meyer

Is there love after death? Do you really want to know?

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I’ll Bury You Tomorrow is a V-chip shattering tale of murder, mystery and—oh boy—necrophilia! It’s like a cross between Six Feet Under and Psycho, as directed by Sam Raimi with a cast picked by John Waters.

Delores (Zoe Daelman Chlanda), a mysterious young woman, steps off a train in the dreary town of Port Oram carrying a trunk full of sordid secrets. The eccentric proprietors of the Beech Funeral Home (Bill Corry and Katherine O’Sullivan) are all too eager to take her in, hoping to stave off their loneliness and sad memories of a long dead daughter. As Delores throws herself into the task of preparing the corpses for viewing, she is plagued with visions of past trauma, and turns to the chilled embrace of the “guests” in the embalming room. But, a ghoulish pair of sadistic lovers (Jerry Murdock and director Alan Rowe Kelly), who work in the funeral home’s cellar, have their own designs on the mortuary guests — they sell them for body parts. When the Sheriff (Jerry Murdock again) comes snooping around, he ends up opening a crypt full of dark secrets that will rip the small town of Port Oram to shreds.

This splatter flick is an indie horror gem that is sure to please any spook movie fan, especially those that appreciate that “low-budget” doesn’t always mean bad storylines, boring visuals and hammy acting. Along with the gallons of spilled blood and miles of pulled intestines (thanks to The Incubus Group), director/writer Alan Rowe Kelly scouted out some very eerie locations, and assembled a top notch cast of unknowns. Zoe Daelman Chlanda jumps right into her role as the sinister Delores and delivers an impassioned if not melodramatic performance as she runs around in her Alice, Sweet Alice getup. And as the creepy funeral home owners, Bill Corry and Katherine O’Sullivan are deliciously disturbing. But most impressive is Jerry Murdock. His turn as Jake, the volatile screw-eyed chore boy, was just balls out fearless. He looks like Li’l Abner on a bender after his face got kicked in by some angry revenue agents. I flipped when I saw the credits roll, and found that Murdock had also played the role of the handsome, upright Sheriff Mitch. Credit also goes to make-up artist Kari Arthurs for creating this beauty and the beast flip flop. I give the director a big hand (and a towel to wipe up the blood) as well, for playing opposite Murdock, and taking the brunt of his forceful method acting.

Technically, this video flick looks solid. Shooting on video gets a bad rap, and that’s because a lot of people don’t give video the respect it deserves. To many underground directors it’s just a cheap and accessible way to put their stories on to a screen; the technical aspects of achieving a good product become secondary for them. DPs Gary Malick and Tom Cadawas do a polished job giving a creepy look to this flick.

The DVD is being released by the folks at Heretic Films who have put together a nice package containing about 30 minutes of deleted scenes, along with some trailers and bloopers. Worth the look, gore fans!

Barry Meyer is a writer living in New Jersey. He doesn’t own a shovel.

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