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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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 »

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Heather: [to Rick] ... there is something wrong in that house. Something evil!
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Referenced in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lesleh Donaldson (2014) 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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A modest, but amusing little thriller.
16 February 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

An effectively spooky low-budget thriller that takes more inspiration from Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) rather than Carpenter's Halloween (1978), as so many horror films from this era did.

A girl goes to help her grandmother with her new boarding house, a former funeral parlor, and begins to uncover sinister things as the guests start vanishing.

Solid direction uplifts this tight thriller, whose storyline is ultimately not very surprising. A few well-drawn characters do help to keep the story interesting. The rustic filming locations help to add to a chilling summer atmosphere and an air of mystery that works well to the films advantage. The re-occurring images of the black cat are a nice touch. The film is fairly subtle in its horrors, and probably comes off more compelling (and classy) because of it. In short, it's simple but good.

The cast is a strong point. Kay Hawtry is a stand-out as the grandmother, Lesleh Donaldson is fetching as our young female, and Dean Garbett is good as Donaldson's summer love.

All around, Funeral Home is a film that serves well as a thriller. It's not especially brilliant, but it does make for good entertainment.

*** out of ****


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