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Funeral Home (1980)
"Cries in the Night" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  12 August 1982 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Hawtrey ...
Maude Chalmers (as Kay Hawtry)
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Heather
Barry Morse ...
Mr. Davis
Dean Garbett ...
Rick Yates
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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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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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Onward, Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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A fun updated version of Hitchcock's Psycho

William Fruet's film, Funeral Home, is for the most part Psycho with kids. The movie starts off with a teenager visiting her grandmother in a small town. Both plan to turn the house that the grandmother lives in (which was once the town's funeral home) into a summer house for passers by. Tenants soon show up and then quickly disappear. Soon the teenager and the town's new young deputy investigate the disappearances and discover that this coming and going of out-of-towners has been happening for some time. They finally discover the answer to the mystery in the film's scary ending.

The performances by both the older cast members and younger actors are very good. Watching the deputy character gather clues to build a case added alot of charm to the film as well. Although shot on a low budget, it is still very well produced and the action scenes are very well staged indeed. Horror fans should give this one a try next time they visit their video store. Happy Hunting!


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