Title: The Dead Chick In The Closet

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Year: 2008

Genre: Short / Comedy / Crime

Language: English

Runtime: 31 min

Director: Henric Brandt

Writer: Henric Brandt

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1196640/

After fornicating with a dead chick thinking she was sleeping, John understands that he's in a world of trouble. He calls a friend over and when he arrives he has brought another guy. Together the three of them try to get rid of the evidence before John's girlfriend comes home to find the aftermath of the party. Things don't go as planned when one of the three backs out and wants to call the cops.

Our thoughts:
I reviewed this short film way back in the review of the anthology "The Horror Vault vol. 2", and remembered it being my favorite of the bunch. At a recent convention I met the director at his booth and he gave me a review copy of this film and told me that it's longer than the cut on "Horror Vault". I figured what the heck, why not? Of course, that's until I came home and realized I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this cut and the first one, since I only remember bits and pieces. I can't even do a comparision since I no longer have the original screener. After some brief distress over how to write the review, I figured I'd just start from scratch. Ignore that I have reviewed a shorter version and just work on this review like any other review.

Far from an original plot the movie still manages to be highly entertaining. In short it's about a guy who wakes up next to a dead girl. He thinks she is sleeping so he bangs her (naturally). And the panic breaks loose when he finds out that she's actually dead. It ends up being a comedy about three guys trying to get rid of a dead girl, and ultimately they drop off one by one because of some accidents. Told in an easy going manner, with plenty of jokes to go around, the movie is very fun to watch and you're rarely bored. Even in the most clichéed moments, there is something to at least smile at.

The acting is very good but as always it's a bit distracting when a Swedish movie is in English, mostly because of the accents. Had it been in Swedish I think it would've been far more funny, and the jokes would've felt less forced. The accents might not be the worst if you compare to some other films, but they are awkward enough to become a little speed bump in the film.

When I originally watched this short I had no idea who Henric Brandt was, but now that I have seen another film of his ("Död Vid Ankomst") and have another one to watch in the pile ("Overkill"), I realize that he is a highly underrated filmmaker. He might be a bit too fond of homages of Hollywood films and such, but he does it far better than some people do anyway. "The Dead Chick In The Closet" shows a lot of promise and is perfect to show friends for a quick laugh.

Positive things:
- Has some great laughs, despite some obvious things in the story.
- Boobies!
Negative things:
- The jokes would've been even better if it was in Swedish.
- Clichéed.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 2.5/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 3.5/5

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