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Mortuary (2005)

A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground.

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Tobe Hooper
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dan Byrd ... Jonathan
Denise Crosby ... Leslie
Stephanie Patton Stephanie Patton ... Jamie
Alexandra Adi ... Liz
Rocky Marquette ... Grady
Courtney Peldon ... Tina
Bug Hall ... Cal
Tarah Paige ... Sarah
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Sheriff Howell
Adam Gierasch ... Mr. Barstow
Price Carson ... Bobby Fowler
Lee Garlington ... Rita
Greg Travis ... Eliot Cook
Christy Johnson ... Dottie
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Storyline

The widow Leslie Doyle has just lost her husband and moves with her teenage son Jonathan and her young daughter Jamie to a mortuary in a small town in California that she has bought with the intention of starting a new business, practicing her knowledge as mortician. When they arrive, Leslie realizes that she was lured by the former owner, Elliot, and that the decrepit Fowler Brothers Funeral Home was completely abandoned and with problem with the septic sewer. While Leslie tries to improve and clean the place and start embalming corpses, Jonathan is informed about the legend of Bobby Fowler, the deformed son of the Fowlers. Meanwhile a weird substance attacks people, transforming them in zombies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From the master of horror Tobe Hooper director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist" See more »


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Rated R for horror violence and gore, brief sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Six Feet Under See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$894,722
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

(At around 28 mins) The quote carved on the vault's door, "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die," is from H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Nameless City." It is supposedly a couplet by Abdul Alhazarred, fictional author of "The Necronomicon." See more »

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(at around 1h 5 mins) When Jonathan, Liz, and Jamie flee into the crypt, they pull the doors outward towards themselves. Yet they barricade these doors from the inside, using coffins. The zombies on the outside would just need to pull the doors outward to enter. See more »

Quotes

Liz: [about Bobby Fowler] His parents abused the shit out of him, chains, matches, embalming tools, everyone knows it, but nobody can prove it.
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References Shallow Ground (2004) See more »

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Atmospheric Throwback To Campy '80s Horror Movies.
30 December 2006 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

I'd been wanting to see "Mortuary" ever since I first read about it here on IMDb. I'm a pretty big Tobe Hooper fan, and while I hated his semi-recent "Crocodile", his "Toolbox Murders" remake was really good. This movie revolves around the Doyle family. Leslie Doyle (Denise Crosby of "Pet Sematary"), recently widowed, moves she and her two children, teenage Jonathan (Dan Byrd, "The Hills Have Eyes" remake), and her daughter (Stephanie Patton) to a decrepit house (with a graveyard for a front yard) in a small California town to start a funeral home. The house is disgusting and nearly falling apart, but Leslie hopes to fix it up, and begins her business. Jonathan is menaced by local teenagers, and falls for a girl at his workplace, Liz, and the two become friends. Then, after finding out her friend, Grady, is gay (thinking that the two were a couple), they begin kind of dating. But weird things are happening around the funeral home, and Liz tells Jonathan about the story of a deformed man who lived in the funeral home. Then people around the house start to die and an evil force begins to take over.

Tobe Hooper is great, I love most of his films (particularly the hailed classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"), but his recent stuff hasn't been great. "Crocodile" was horrible and I was surprised he was even involved with it. But "Mortuary" is a fun little low budget horror flick that I really enjoyed. I loved the idea and the story was really well written, with plenty of creepy moments and some really creative sequences (particularly the last twenty minutes or so of the film). I haven't seen a horror film centered around a mortuary (or at least not one that comes to mind), and if you think about it, a funeral home is a great place to set a scary movie. The acting in this movie was very good, which was mildly surprising. This is the second performance I've seen from Dan Byrd, and he's got great potential. Denise Crosby, who played the wife in "Pet Sematary" is excellent as playing the mother, and was really creepy during her scenes where the 'evil presence' had taken control of her. Alexandra Adi, who played Liz, was a little weak at times, but overall not horrible.

Atmosphere in this film is really big. It really does feel like a small town - with typical country diners, and nosy police officers. And the house that the mortuary is set in was perfectly creepy and rundown, I loved the fact that it had a cemetery as a front yard - how much scarier of a house could you get? The main downfall of the film is the CGI special effects that are used. They aren't seen too often, but some of them were really bad, like something straight out of a B-horror movie. But this film is a B-movie in a sense, a good one though at that. The conclusion was quick and unexpected, and I was left kind of scratching my head, so that could've also been improved upon. Other than that though, I really liked the movie.

Overall, "Mortuary" is a watchable and fun, low budget horror movie. What it lacks in is made up for by the acting and the setting, and for the most part, the good outweighs the bad, and it's a notch above average. I guess you have to like this kind of thing to enjoy it, but I did. It's a throwback to those cheesy '80s horrors that we all know and love, and I thought Tobe Hooper did a fairly good job with it. Don't take this one too seriously though, that's for sure. 6/10.


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