Recent release R.I.P.D sees Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges starring in a movie about Nick (Reynolds) a bent cop who regrets taking money from a drug bust but is murdered before he can return it. Instead, he finds himself recruited to the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.), an agency that polices the afterlife and seeks out ‘Deados’, evil spirits that are haunting Earth and is teamed with a former US Marshal who lived around two hundred years ago, Roy (Bridges).

Due for release in the UK shortly, the film performed badly in the States and was criticised for being predictable and formulaic. Perhaps it should have taken a lesson from one of these great films about life after death.

5. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

The sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey sees Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) living in a blissful future that their music shaped. However, Chuck (Joss Ackland) wants to see the utopian society overturned, so he commandeers a time travelling phone booth and heads back to the 20th century with two Bill and Ted robots in a bid to stop them winning the all important Battle of the Bands.

The evil robots manage to throw Bill and Ted over a cliff and replace them, behaving rudely and being generally obnoxious to ensure that Wyld Stallyns, Bill and Ted’s band, don’t shape the future. However, Bill and Ted aren’t so easily defeated and they manage to beat Death (William Sadler) in a number of modern board games, leaving him with no choice but to help them regain their lives.

The film was released in 1991 and received mixed reviews. Ever since then, there’s been talk of a third film in the franchise and in 2012, it was said that Winter and Reeves were both happy with a script that revisited the two characters twenty years after the events of their Bogus Journey. However, as of yet, filming still hasn’t begun.

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  • Cameron

    What about Hereafter starring Matt Damon?

  • TD

    Jacob’s Ladder and What Dreams May Come were pretty good afterlife films as well.