The Living and the Dead
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A family facing myriad disasters is forced to confront one in the form of their own son in this harrowing psychological drama from British filmmaker Simon Rumley. Donald Brocklebank (Roger Lloyd Pack) is a former British nobleman who has lost his peerage, and with it his fortune. The Brocklebank estate has fallen into disrepair, Donald's wife, Nancy (Kate Fahy), is suffering from an advanced case of cancer that makes nearly any effort an agony, and their son, James (Leo Bill), is a manic depressive with violent tendencies and the mind of a child. Only an operation that Donald cannot afford… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Living and the Dead is not an easy movie to sit through, and its darkness may be a little mannered, but it's an elegant construction with real emotions buried deep inside."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"This is great filmmaking in the sense that overplayed virtuoso guitar shredding is great music -- which is to say, not at all."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Part neo-gothic horror, part empathetic schizoid freak-out, The Living and the Dead suggests an unlikely cross between Spider and Requiem for a Dream."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"[F]ans of small horror stories and British indies with a dark side will certainly be entertained, though cross-over appeal to non-horror fans will probably be limited."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"This is a truly haunted movie."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A striking study of madness that skirts horror territory."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A devious and admirably twisted little mind-bender of a genre flick."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
"A bizarre psychological study of degeneration and dependency, The Living and the Dead is a horror movie only in the most literal sense."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"...has elements of horror, as the plethora of knives and hypodermic needles point to, but this is a unique entry for those who like thought-provoking concepts served up with their grue."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"So genuinely horrific and unrelentingly sad and grim, many people will not have the stomach for it."
‑ Jeremy Knox, Film Threat
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