A Chronicle of Corpses
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Although the title sounds like one of the Pixies' more uplifting songs, Chronicle of Corpses is actually a cultivated psychological Gothic thriller. Set in the 19th century, the story takes place at the Elliott family estate, where someone or possibly something has been picking off the members of the household. At a loss over what to do about -- excepting, most obviously, putting the place up for sale and leaving the neighborhood -- the estate's remaining inhabitants cope in the ways they know best: drinking, eating, and coupling in excess. All sorts of sordid things occur and even… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its narrative resonates and reverberates as only the most universal stories do."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"McElhinney may have made the ultimate anti-calling card, a movie bold and deranged enough to tip its hat to Edgar Ulmer and Barry Lyndon."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"What's most impressive about McElhinney's highbrow period film is its ability to satisfy snobbish cultural aesthetes while simultaneously fulfilling slasher film conventions."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Filmcritic.com
"I had a tough time figuring out who was doing what to whom."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Night of the Living Dead for kids who cut their teeth on Ken Russell."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"The story is painfully familiar, and McIlhenney regularly stops it in its tracks by indulging the actors in arty monologues that sap the movie of any suspense or sense of momentum."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Not without the flaws endemic in low-budget productions but still projects an amazing degree of stylistic assurance and originality."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Minor, forgettable low-budget costume thriller."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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