The Selling

Released: 2011

Directed by Emily Lou; Written by Gabriel Diani

The Selling is an indie horror comedy about a nice guy and a haunted house. Richard Scarry is a real estate agent who agrees to flip an old house with his business partner Dave to pay for his mother’s untimely medical expenses. The duo soon notice some strange happenings about the house: disembodied voices, bleeding walls and the occasional portal to another world. Despite this, Richard and Dave attempt to sell the property to recoup their investment.

The Selling is one of the most difficult films I’ve ever written about which surprisingly is indicative of how good the film is. Horror and comedy are two genres that generally only go well together in satire; however, a handful of gems exist that manage to be mostly original yet still pay tribute to the films of yesteryear.

The success of this film with the audience is with its relatability to everyday life, despite the supernatural theme. Richard (Gabriel Diani) is the overly intelligent good guy that most of us think we are. Dave (Jonathan Klein) is the buffoonishly sly, con-artist friend that everyone knows (and often resents). During their Real Estate journey, they cross paths with the spiritual activist Ginger (Etta Devine) who is the loud and crazy (possible) love interest.

Despite its low budget, the filmmakers were able to put together some decent looking CG that enhanced many of the spooks with only a few bumps along the way. These spooks set the mood for comedic elements that appear to come out of nowhere at times.

The Selling is an all around great film with superb acting and direction. It’s perhaps the greatest horror-comedy since Shaun of the Dead. There’s not much else to say.

Rating: 10/10

This film was screened at the 2011 Buried Alive Film Festival.

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