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Release Date:
12 August 1982 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Kay Hawtrey ... Maude Chalmers (as Kay Hawtry)

Lesleh Donaldson ... Heather

Barry Morse ... Mr. Davis
Dean Garbett ... Rick Yates
Stephen E. Miller ... Billy Hibbs (as Stephen Miller)

Alf Humphreys ... Joe Yates (as Alfred Humphreys)
Peggy Mahon ... Florie

Harvey Atkin ... Harry Browning
Robert Warner ... Sheriff (as Bob Warner)
Jack Van Evera ... James Chalmers
Les Rubie ... Sam
Doris Petrie ... Ruby

Bill Lake ... Frank

Brett Matthew Davidson ... Young Rick (as Brett Davidson)

Christopher Crabb ... Teddy (as Chris Crabb)
Robert Craig ... Barry Oaks
Linda Dalby ... Linda
Gerard Jordan ... Pete
Eleanor Beecroft ... Shirley
James Crammond ... Reporter
Ronald Reece ... Developer
Paul Hubbard ... Fighter 1
Terry Harford ... Fighter 2

Peter Sturgess ... Ed
The Foster Family ... The Burns Family
Barbara Wheeldon ... Helena Davis
Barry Allen ... Restaurant Proprietor
Allison Fruet ... Georgia
Brett McAdams ... Funeral Family
Janice Pinke ... Funeral Family
Edith Bolsover ... Funeral Family
Donald Saunders ... Funeral Family
Kate McDonald ... Funeral Family
Don Brennan ... Pall Bearer
Robert Gatrell ... Pall Bearer
Kenneth Garland ... Pall Bearer
William Roth ... Pall Bearer

Directed by
William Fruet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ida Nelson  screenplay

Produced by
Barry Allen .... executive producer
Patrick Doyle .... associate producer
William Fruet .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Brunjes 
Production Design by
Roy Forge Smith 
Art Direction by
Susan Longmire 
Makeup Department
Shonagh Jabour .... makeup artist
Production Management
Patrick Doyle .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Elias .... second assistant director (as Raymond Elias)
Bob Meneray .... third assistant director
Ray Sager .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael Fruet .... props assistant (as Mike Fruet)
Elinor Rose Galbraith .... set assistant (as Elinor Galbraith)
Bill Harman .... construction manager
Nick Kosonic .... head painter
Peter Lauterman .... set props
Roy Forge Smith .... set designer
Sue Smith .... assistant art director
Angelo Stea .... on-set props
Elinor Rose Galbraith .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... foley mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Terry Burke .... sound editor
Wayne Griffin .... sound editor
Joe Grimaldi .... re-recording mixer
Joe Grimaldi .... sound mixer
Ian Hendry .... sound
David Joliat .... boom operator (as Dave Joliat)
Special Effects by
Dennis Pike .... special effects
Bob Meneray .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... best boy (as Doug Allan)
Jock Brandis .... gaffer
Daniel Hainey .... second assistant camera
Maris H. Jansons .... key grip (as Maris Janson)
Mark Manchester .... grip
Robin Miller .... assistant camera
Rick Porter .... stills photographer
Cathy Robertson .... third assistant camera
Casting Department
Janis Allen .... casting coordinator
Shelley Allen .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gina Kiellerman .... wardrobe assistant
Mary Jane McCarty .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Richard Cadger .... assistant film editor (as Rick Cadger)
Michael Fruet .... assistant film editor
Dennis O'Brien .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
Andy Herman .... music mixer
Other crew
Janis Allen .... creative consultant
Shelley Allen .... production assistant
Marie Thérése Boily .... continuity (as Marie Therese Boily)
Jerry Caradonna .... production assistant
James Crammond .... production accountant
Paul Dreskin .... production assistant
Alice Dwornik .... production assistant
Sandra Kane .... assistant to production manager
Goff Martin .... production assistant
Karl Mitchell .... trainer: "Mitten" the cat
Lynn Rotin .... production assistant
Carlo Sguassero .... production assistant
Carlo Sguassero .... stand-in: "Grandma" (as Carlo Sguassro)

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Also Known As:
"Cries in the Night" - Canada (original title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Frontier Amusements released this in Canada in the fall of 1980 as CRIES IN THE NIGHT and then re-released the movie in September of 1982 as FUNERAL HOME.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The film is set in the U.S., but there is a Canadian flag displayed prominently in front of a public building.See more »
Heather:Rick, what would you say if I said I thought I'd heard voices coming from the basement?See more »
Movie Connections:
Onward, Christian SoldiersSee more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Desperate Measures for Desperate Times, 1 July 2006

What do you do when your husband, the funeral director, runs out and is never seen again many years past, and leaves you with a big, old funeral home? Why turn it into a bed and breakfast of course! Funeral Home is one of those cheaply yet competently made horror film of the late seventies/early eighties that manages to evoke some real, honest chills while maintaining a somewhat serious facade. No small feat when you consider most of the horror derivative drivel produced during this era. Kay Hawtrey plays Mrs. Maude Chalmers who now runs a bed and breakfast and just received her granddaughter to help her make a go of it. Hawtrey gives one heck of a performance as a woman riddled with contradictions. Rumours abound that she was abandoned by her husband for another woman, but she doesn't believe any of that. She seems very normal except no one, absolutely no one, is allowed in the basement - where she can be heard often talking to someone. She plays the ever so sweet grandmother and charitable woman making flowers for the under-privileged. She plays the morally outraged innkeeper who disapproves of any behaviors she deems imprudent. She also has a more far-reaching range as the movie progresses to its revealing climax. But it is Hawtrey's performance that really makes this film work at any level - without it you would have nothing more than some slasher film without any merit. The rest of the acting is pretty good too with Barry Morse no less adding some more credibility as a house guest out to find some secret. As far as the story goes, it is nothing really inventive or hard to figure out to be sure, but the acting, lack of glossy production values, rural, almost Rockwellesque summer settings, and some competent directing all manage to create a fine little horror gem from Canada.

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