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Alien Zone (1978)

PG | | Horror | 16 January 1981 (USA)
A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns ... See full summary »

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Talmudge
Ivor Francis ...
The Mortician
Judith Novgrod ...
Miss Sibiler
Burr DeBenning ...
Growski
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Detective Malcolm Toliver
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Inspector McDowal
Richard Gates ...
Cantwell
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Mrs. Lumquist
Linda Gibboney ...
Julie (as Kathie Gibboney)
Leslie Paxton ...
Marie
John King III ...
Marie's Husband (as John King)
Bo Byers ...
Growski Detective #1
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Detective #2
Robert Telford ...
Maitre'd
Michael Colley ...
Stan
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A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns out to be a mortician, who tells him the stories of the people who have wound up in his establishment over the course of four stories. Written by Anonymous & SicCoyote

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Five Faces of Terror  »

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The screenplay was originally entitled "Five Faces" and then changed to "Five Faces of Terror" during production. Once released, the film's title was subsequently changed to "Alien Zone" by the distributor and ultimately changed again to "House of the Dead." See more »

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Featured in Movie Macabre: House of the Dead (1984) See more »

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The Sound of Goodbye
Music by Stan Worth (as Stan V. Worth)
Lyrics by Ayn Robbins
Performed by Steve March
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Stopping By The Mortician On A Rainy Evening
19 April 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After a quick night of kanoodling with mistress Leslie Paxton, John Ericson is caught out in the rain, but kindly old mortician Ivor Francis allows him to get out of the cold and wet while he tells him job stories. And for Francis, being a mortician is a job he relishes.

The title Alien Zone is quite the misnomer because there are no creatures from another planet in this film. Unless you consider the perceptive Francis from another world. Because what Francis does is show him four coffins with bodies inside and tells him about how all of them got there. Apparently no one who is a client at the Francis Funeral Home ever died a really natural death.

The stories are of an uneven quality, the best being the third one which involves a couple of vain police inspectors, Charles Aidman and Bernard Fox, each thinking he's the world's best detective. The dialog is really good in that story. The others involve Judith Novgrod as a reclusive school teacher who hates kids, Burr DeBenning as a psychotic murderer, and Richard Gates as a selfish yuppie. They all get a good comeuppance in the end.

Despite a misleading title Alien Zone is not a bad anthology film and how does Ericson and his story fit into all this. Not really hard to figure out even if you don't see the film.


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