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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)
Mr. Davis
Dean Garbett ...
Billy Hibbs (as Stephen Miller)
Joe Yates (as Alfred Humphreys)
Peggy Mahon ...
Harry Browning
Robert Warner ...
Sheriff (as Bob Warner)
James Chalmers
Les Rubie ...
Doris Petrie ...
Brett Matthew Davidson ...
Young Rick (as Brett Davidson)
Teddy (as Chris Crabb)


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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Release Date:

12 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Funeral Home  »

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CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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According to star Lesleh Donaldson this film is quite a popular cult classic in Mexico. See more »


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


Maude Chalmers: [On what happened to her mortician husband] Just vanished into thin air!
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Onward, Christian Soldiers
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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Atmospheric early '80's slasher flick
18 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm sure I'm in a distinct minority, but I actually like '80's slasher movies more for their atmosphere than for their special effects (which seem to look more cheesy and primitive with each passing year). Unfortunately, the eerie atmosphere of the early slasher movies eventually got overwhelmed, first by out-of-control special effects, then by talentless "scream queens" and softcore sex, and finally by cornball comedy and self-conscious parody. That's why I kind of like this film, even if it's nobody's idea of a great slasher flick or a good horror film. It has no gore and no nudity, but it has a good early 80's slasher movie atmosphere.

A teenage girl (Lesleh Donaldsen) comes to stay with her grandma who operates a hotel that was once a funeral home. Her violent grandfather has supposedly disappeared, but grandma keeps talking to someone in the cellar. Meanwhile, various obnoxious guests check into the hotel, but don't check out, and the girl and her new boyfriend start to investigate. This movie is original in that instead of ripping off "Halloween" like almost all the other slasher movies, it rips off an even older classic horror/thriller. But, as they say,if you're gonna steal, you should at least steal from the best. The ending probably won't surprise you too much, but it not entirely ineffective. The actress playing the grandma is very good and effectively scary. Donaldsen was one of a group of young Canadians that were regulars in these kind of films (Canadian tax shelter production masquerading as middle American films). She wasn't as pretty as Lisa Langlois or Tracy Bregman and didn't fall out of her clothes at the drop of a pay-cheque like Joy Boushel, but she was very good at playing "the girl next door", and this was one of her better roles.

Don't expect any T and A or gore here, but see this if you ever get a hankering for the old atmospheric early 80's slasher films.

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