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Release Date:
June 1980 (USA) See more »
There is a door between life and death and now, that door is open! See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A lot of b-movie fun. See more (52 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Trish Van Devere ... Jane Hardy

Joseph Cotten ... Walter Prichard

David Gautreaux ... Tom Sullivan
Donald Hotton ... Reverend Winston
Med Flory ... Sheriff Denton

Donald Petrie ... Luke

Christopher McDonald ... Pete

Perry Lang ... Paul Gordon
Fred Franklyn ... Mr. Gordon (as Frederic Franklyn)

Olive Dunbar ... Mrs. Gordon

Al Hansen ... Bo Rehnquist
Dominic Barto ... The Driver
Nicholas Shields ... Dr. Greenwalt
Chuck Mitchell ... Counterman
Allison Balson ... Alice
Jim Gatherum ... Boy #1 (as Jimmy Gatherum)
Tanya Bowers ... Schoolgirl

Directed by
George Bowers 
Writing credits
William Bleich (written by) (as Bill Bleich)

Mark Tenser (idea)

Produced by
Newton P. Jacobs .... executive producer
Chuck Russell .... line producer (as Charles Russell)
Mark Tenser .... producer
Original Music by
Webster Lewis 
Cinematography by
Mori Kawa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Berndt 
Casting by
Samantha Mansour 
Art Direction by
Keith Michl 
Makeup Department
Roberto Fernández .... hair: Miss Van Devere's (as Roberto Fernandez)
Pamela Peitzman .... make-up/hair
Production Management
Michael Fottrell .... production manager (as Mike Fottrell)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John S. Curran .... first assistant director (as John Curran)
Pete Robinson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nancy Auburn .... assistant art director
Ivo Cristante .... prop master
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom man (as Doug Arnold)
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Ron Brody .... assistant sound editor
John S. Curran .... sound editor (as John Curran)
Thomas A. Fucci .... supervising sound editor (as T. Anthony Fucci)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... sound consultant (uncredited)
Greg Brickman .... stunt player
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator
Glynn Rubin .... stunt player
Michael Runyard .... stunt player (as Mike Runyard)
Andree Williams .... stunt player (as Andreé Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Anderson .... first assistant camera
Tracy Neftzger .... best boy grip
Willy Nemeth .... key grip
Johnine Novosel .... second assistant camera
Raymond Post .... grip driver
Jeffrey Sudzin .... best boy electrical (as Jeff Sudsin)
Mike Taylor .... second electrician
Randy Tepper .... still photographer
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer (as Chris Tufty)
Randy Nolen .... steadi cam operator (uncredited)
Daniel Pearl .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Trainor .... extra coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
N. Kristine Chadwick .... wardrobe (as Kristine Chadwick)
Vivianne Johanson .... second assistant wardrobe (as Vivian Johnson)
John Patton .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Annie Lee Hebson .... assistant editor (as Annie-Laurie Hebson)
Music Department
Greg Poree .... music orchestration
Other crew
Jim Charleston .... production assistant
Larry Dyer .... production assistant (as Lawrence Dyer)
Frank Ferro .... production assistant
Jay Levine .... production assistant
Scott Luhrsen .... location scout
Mort Nathan .... production assistant
John Panzarella .... production assistant
Paul Papanek .... production assistant
Sharron Reynolds .... production coordinator
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor (as Cathy Zatarga)

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95 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (2007) | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | Norway:15 (video premiere) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Theatrical film debut of Christopher McDonald.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Jane brushes the leaves from her aunt's grave it "bounces".See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A lot of b-movie fun., 16 March 2006
Author: roddmatsui from los angeles

Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) decides to vacation at her late aunt's country home after suffering a breakdown. She unearths and starts reading her aunt's diary, discovering that her aunt was into satanism! A handsome, mysterious stranger appears, and soon, her life begins to parallel what she's reading in the diary. Oh--and someone driving a hearse appears to be stalking her. Should she call her shrink in the city...or face the fact that events in her life have taken a supernatural turn? That's THE HEARSE--if you analyze it, it doesn't deliver big on story. It's more about the set-up than the payoff. It gives you just enough of a situation to make you nervous, and then, straight into the scares. Then it wraps up in a vague manner that doesn't answer your questions, but if you're on the film's wavelength, this really doesn't matter.

This was one of several movies I saw as a kid in the early 80's, and this particular one I came back to see a second time, dragging a friend along to share the popcorn fun. Seeing this in a theatre was amazing--imagine yourself going to see a PG-rated film in the early 80's, and watching the audience around you literally jumping out of their seats with fright, over and over again. This film actually generated one of the strongest audience reactions I've been witness to.

The film established a very unnerving vibe, and made the audience worried about the vague "evil forces" that were lurking out there in the darkness. And when the creepy hearse driver finally showed up and started doing his menacing thing, the audience was primed up and ready to scream. And scream they did.

There is also the strong feeling that the sleepy, secluded town the story takes place in is REALLY far away from everywhere else in the world, and that these strange supernatural-ish events could really happen here without too many people even noticing.

This is fun on home video, but if you ever have a chance to see it at a revival theatre (not likely but you never know!), go check it out. Maybe the days of really good popcorn budgeters are gone but this was very effective in its day. Nice musical score, too. Trish Van Devere and the whole rest of the cast are excellent. I thought Perry Lang was especially good as the local boy who takes a shine to Jane and experiences some misfortune because of it. An inexpensive, non-gory horror movie that does its job. It was worth the $2.50 and popcorn money.

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