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The Hearse (1980)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  June 1980 (USA)
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Jane Hardy decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce. Little does she know, her aunt practiced witchcraft and is still ... See full summary »

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Jane Hardy
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Walter Prichard
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Tom Sullivan
Donald Hotton ...
Reverend Winston
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Sheriff Denton
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Luke
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Pete
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Fred Franklyn ...
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Bo Rehnquist
Dominic Barto ...
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Dr. Greenwalt
Chuck Mitchell ...
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Jane Hardy decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce. Little does she know, her aunt practiced witchcraft and is still thought of very badly by the town's citizens. As soon as she moves in, she is haunted by a old black hearse and it's creepy driver. Is she going insane or is she truly being menaced? She meets a friendly young man and becomes involved with him, but is he and the creepy driver one and the same? Written by <VRSC26B@PRODIGY.COM>

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The Barrier Between Life and Death is no Greater than the Thickness of a Door...and now that Door is Open! See more »

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Theatrical film debut of Christopher McDonald. See more »

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The front grille of the hearse changes from scene to scene. See more »

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Jane Hardy: [startled by someone at her back door] Oh!
Reverend Winston: Miss Hardy, please.
Jane Hardy: [laughing, relieved] Oh! You scared the hell out of me!
Reverend Winston: I should probably take that as a compliment. *Ha ha ha ha ha!*
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As good as a B-flick gets!
12 January 1999 | by (Tupelo, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

When Jane Hardy's late aunt leaves her a house in the country, she decides to spend the summer there to get over a nasty divorce and near-breakdown. There she begins putting the pieces back together with the help of a new romantic interest named Tom. But the town people are curiously less-than-friendly to her. Jane soon finds a reason why in her aunt's diary--the mysterious man her aunt fell in love with, who drew her aunt into darkness. Then strange things start happening--and the hearse begins showing up in the middle of the night.

This movie is wonderfully creepy without being camp, and has some scenes that are particularly unexpected and unnerving. More suspense horror than gore, it's guaranteed to keep you awake at night. The love story between Jane and Tom will keep sentimental people glued, and the terror gets all the rest. The piano-oriented title music is haunting, and suits the seriousness of the film well. This movie clearly had a low budget, yet it still ranks as a first-class movie. All in all, something worth watching and worth owning.


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