Is there anyone creepier than Brad Dourif these days? Don’t say Crispin Glover — I said creepy, not bugfuck crazy. Dourif, known to most folks these days as Grima Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and as Doc Cochran in “Deadwood,” is a fascinating, if inconsistent actor. He’s been amazing in some amazing films. He’s also been in some real crap. Also? He was the voice of Chucky in the Child’s Play movies. I did not know that until now. It makes me like him a little more, actually.
His newest film seems to be capitalizing on the creepiness factor. Death and Cremation, helmed by first-time director Justin Steele and also starring Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”), is about:
A typical American suburb filled with middle class morals, a lonely 59-year-old, Stan, contributes to society by offering cremation services from his basement. In fact, Stan murders neighbors he perceives to be social bullies. Jarod, a fatherless 17-year-old high school outcast, lands an after-school job in Stan’s cremation house and the two develop an unusual working relationship that quickly evolves into a partnership. As detective Matt Fairchild puts together clues from local disappearances, Stan must decide if protecting his newfound trainee is worth killing for.
Yeah. Like I said — creepy. It’s got a trailer and a poster, and is scheduled to be released some time this year, though no firm date is attached yet. It doesn’t strike me as a wide-market release, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested. The trailer is below, but first, take a look at the poster (click to enlarge):
Seriously, that’s a sweet poster. Why can’t we get more like that? More and more, I feel like posters, and trailers for that matter, are something of a dying artform. Trailers give everything away in two minutes, and posters are just glitzy photo ops for the stars coupled with brain-punchingly dumb slogans. I don’t know if Death and Cremation is going to be any good, but they at least deserve credit for solid marketing. Anyway, here’s the trailer as promised.
(Source: Bloody Disgusting)