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Funeral Home (1980)

Cries in the Night (original title)
A young woman arrives at her grandmother's house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.

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Kay Hawtrey ...
Maude Chalmers (as Kay Hawtry)
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Heather
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Mr. Davis
Dean Garbett ...
Rick Yates
Stephen E. Miller ...
Billy Hibbs (as Stephen Miller)
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Joe Yates (as Alfred Humphreys)
Peggy Mahon ...
Florie
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Harry Browning
Robert Warner ...
Sheriff (as Bob Warner)
Jack Van Evera ...
James Chalmers
Les Rubie ...
Sam
Doris Petrie ...
Ruby
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Frank
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Young Rick (as Brett Davidson)
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Teddy (as Chris Crabb)
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An old funeral parlor now converted into a tourist home during certain periods such as the summer, develops a problem, when a escaped mental patient with a split personality moves in and proceeds to do away with those specific/certain guests or staff, he/she feels are nosy or immoral. Written by ????

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They were warned... they were all warned... don't go down to the cellar. See more »

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12 August 1982 (USA)  »

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CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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In an interview with star Lesleh Donaldson she said that she always thought of this film as something of a cross between the Little Red Riding Hood fable and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). See more »

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The film is set in the U.S., but there is a Canadian flag displayed prominently in front of a public building. See more »

Quotes

Maude Chalmers: [On what happened to her mortician husband] Just vanished into thin air!
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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Onward, Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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Sooner than later, you WILL be meeting the undertaker!
15 June 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Funeral Home" is very entertaining and traditionally morbid early 80's horror movie directed by the underrated William Fruet, who also made the top-notch revenge flick "House by the Lake" and the goofy slasher "Killer Party". Fruet obviously hadn't much of a budget available here, so he splendidly emphasizes the horrific atmosphere and makes full use of the eerie settings. A lot of great movies use a bed & a breakfast motel as horror location and the residence in this movie is actually a former mortuary turned into bed & breakfast, so creepiness is definitely guaranteed! Heather, a young girl with an unexplained phobia for black cats, travels to a remote little town to help her grandmother run the newly opened vacation resort. Her grandfather, the local undertaker for decades, mysteriously vanished a couple of years ago and the villagers still spread nasty rumors about him. During the night, Heather hears strange voices coming from the basement and, shortly after, the first guests begin to disappear. The plot offers almost no surprise elements or twists; also since it's clearly a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", and the amount of bloody make-up effects is kept to a minimum. Still the tone of the movie is constantly ominous and several sequences are downright creepy, notably the handful of flashbacks referring to the times Mr. Chalmers still ran the funeral home. The acting and music are also very good and the predictably grotesque climax is a lot of fun to watch. Creepy stuff, vintage 80's horror!


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