The director of the great short fantasy thriller “The Empty Acre” takes a more routine approach, but one that’s mired in the devices of karma tales like “The Twilight Zone” and “Creepshow.” In fact, with a larger format, and further extrapolation, I could definitely see “Now That You’re Dead” as a part of a great “Creepshow” sequel. Because when all was said and done, this reminded me of that short segment from “Creepshow 3” with the murderous hooker and her vampire client… except this isn’t a piece of steaming crap on a hot tar road.
“Now That You’re Dead” takes the classic tale of infidelity and revenge, mixes it with the supernatural, and seals the deal with good old karma coming back to seek justice by way of pure human stupidity and poor planning. Arnold is cheating on his shrew wife Elaine with a gorgeous woman named Meredith. One night she comes home in the middle of their love making and proceeds to murder the two and dump their bodies in the local lake. The problem with that is… they’re not dead! Gosh darn it, always check your dead bodies for supernatural elements before leaving them to rot!
So, fate plays its hand by teaming the two dead lovers in question who happen to be nocturnal blood suckers, and Elaine goes bye bye, but the slick vampire two some have a surprise when they plan one last final twist of the knife on the woman that backfires. Rea injects enough dark humor to make “Now That You’re Dead” a slick and clever little short horror comedy with a story that continues twisting that jagged knife until we’re left with a large smile on our face thanks to karma, that sick bitch always on the side of those that deserve it.
The respective performances are quite good, with all three of the stars diving in to their roles, particularly Jennifer Plas. Rea’s direction is immaculate as usual, and pair that with the score and eerie set pieces, and this little bugger keeps your sitting pretty. Director Rea takes what could have been a creaky, cliché story and turns it in to the type of short indie movie you’d love to see included in a horror anthology, because it possesses everything we loved in “Creepshow” and “The Twilight Zone” from dark humor, twists of fate, and a rather memorable finale.