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Mortuary (1983)

Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.

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Christie Parson (as Mary McDonough)
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Greg Stevens (as David Wallace)
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Paul Andrews
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Eve Parson
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Hank Andrews
Curt Ayers ...
Jim
Bill Conklin ...
Sheriff Duncan
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Mrs. Andrews
Greg Kaye ...
Mark
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Josh
Violet Manes ...
Mortuary Customer
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Bob Stevens
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Dr. Parson
Beth Scheffell ...
Bonnie (as Beth Schaffel)
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Lois Stevens
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Storyline

Christie Parson has constant nightmares of her father's death whom died in a swimming pool. Christie's mother thinks it was an accident, but Christie believes in was murder. Christie then sees a sinister hooded figure following her and harassing her. But still nobody believes her, except her boyfriend. Who is this hooded person actually? Written by WilliamPaxton

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Before you are buried...be sure you are really dead! See more »

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2 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Cementerio, el último paso  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Although he's not in this film, Michael Berryman nonetheless was featured in the US theatrical trailer for this movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) After Christie drops off Greg at the police station the crew is visible in the rear driver's side window as she departs. See more »

Quotes

Eve Parson: Christie, you've been... highly imaginative since your Father's death!
Christie Parson: [barking back] There was somebody out there... I saw him!... Somebody in a black cape trying to stab me!
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Even before playing the lovable Chet in "Weird Science"....
24 February 2003 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

(**1/2 out of *****) In spite of some mediocre acting and a somewhat rambling storyline, this tasteless sickie has enough suspenseful and shocking scenes here and there to at least make it interesting. Christopher George (who was in several of these kinds of movies around this time) runs the title establishment, where he holds seances with community mothers and yells at his son (Bill Paxton!) for taking too long to embalm the cadavers. Mary Beth McDonough (from "The Waltons") plays a sleepwalking teenager who witnesses her father's murder (although no one believes her), and George's real-life wife, Lynda Day (who was in the awful "Pieces" with her hubby in the same year), plays her mother. Oh, and there's a creepy, pale-faced killer in a hood and cape running around stabbing and draining people with a large embalming needle. There are gratuitously prolonged shots of needles piercing stomachs, but there are also some genuine scares and a pretty good climax. Plus, you get Bill Paxton (who deserves the credit for this movie's two and a half stars) in an early, over-the-top performance, before he toned down for big-budget blockbusters (and yawn fests) like "Twister" and "Titanic." David Wallace plays McDonough's blonde-haired, beef-cake boyfriend, and, supposedly, Michael Berryman (from "The Hills Have Eyes") is in this thing, but I'll be damned if I spotted him.

HIGHLIGHT: Paxton, with full manic glee, conducts an imaginary Mozart symphony with an audience of dead bodies slumped in chairs behind him (the climaxes of both "Happy Birthday To Me" and "Madhouse" -- also ‘81 slasher films -- are curiously similar. I guess homicidal maniacs love an audience, dead or alive.)


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