Monday, March 1, 2010

Mortuary (1983) aka Embalmed

2.5 / 5 Mar '10
Tagline: Before your funeral...Before you are buried...Before you are covered with the last shovelful of dirt...Be sure you are really dead!
Directed by: Howard Avedis
Written by: Howard Avedis
Actors include: Mary Beth McDonough, Lynda Day George, Bill Paxton
Genre: Horror
Length: 91 minutes
Banned: Nope

Christie is suffering from flashbacks and nightmares related to her Father's drowning and she's a sleepwalker too. She keeps seeing this ghoulish figure cloaked in a cape lurking about but nobody seems to believe her. Things get even worse when she finds out her Mother is actually in a coven of witches! She also has the embalmer's Mozart loving son (played by Bill Paxton) trying to get a date with her. Will her boyfriend be able to protect her from all that haunts her? It's got some gore in it sure, but relatively cheaply done and nothing original in sight really. Also much of the film is very uninteresting and it feels as though it takes way too long to get to the point. I found it to be a bit of a struggle to make it to the end, especially when there wasn't much in the way of surprises to be had. Although the plot does have it's absurdities and Paxton fans will want to see this it hasn't got a lot to offer horror fans unfortunately. Oh but I guess I should mention this is one of a handful of horror films that assembles the victims at the end in a group setting. This film seems relatively difficult to find so don't struggle too much, I didn't feel it was worth it anyhow.

Availability:  Never on DVD however it appears as though people sell bootlegs

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