Mortuary (I) (2005)

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A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground.


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Credited cast:
Jonathan Doyle
Leslie Doyle
Stephanie Patton ...
Jamie Doyle
Sheriff Howell
Mr. Barstow
Bobby Fowler
Eliot Cook
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Joe Langer ...


The widow Leslie Doyle has just lost her husband and moves with her teenage son Jonathan and her young daughter Jamie to a mortuary in a small town in California that she has bought with the intention of starting a new business, practicing her knowledge as mortician. When they arrive, Leslie realizes that she was lured by the former owner, Elliot, and that the decrepit Fowler Brothers Funeral Home was completely abandoned and with problem with the septic sewer. While Leslie tries to improve and clean the place and start embalming corpses, Jonathan is informed about the legend of Bobby Fowler, the deformed son of the Fowlers. Meanwhile a weird substance attacks people, transforming them in zombies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the dead break free all hell breaks loose

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Rated R for horror violence and gore, brief sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Alexandra Adi was 33 years old during filming, and roughly 14 years older than her costar Dan Byrd See more »


On two occasions Jonathon Doyle reaches out with his right hand to touch the windowsill where the name of Bobby F is cut with a knife and yet both times the close up shot shows it is his left hand that touches the carved name. See more »


Liz: [about Bobby Fowler] His parents abused the shit out of him, chains, matches, embalming tools, everyone knows it, but nobody can prove it.
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References Shallow Ground (2004) See more »


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quite scary but on the whole flawed horror flick
23 September 2006 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Mortuary is a horror film with the atmosphere of mystery, some gore scenes and zombies. The story is bizarre and, in fact, quite clichéd. A family moves to a small town where they plan on starting new life while running funeral home. The local appears to be on haunted ground. The first half of the film is atmospheric and well-developed. The acting is surprisingly good and convincing and all characters are pretty lively. The old neglected house surrounded by graveyard seems to be really spooky. Problems begin during the second half of the film when the film tries to be more brutal and extreme. This part is certainly undeveloped and pretentious as the origin of a black fungus has never been explained. Besides, characters behave in a stupid, illogical way, which really hurts in this pic. As far as technical side of the film is concerned, the cinematography and make-up of zombies are good. However, terrible CGI effects completely ruin the end of the movie. Although in many ways ridiculous and sloppy, Mortuary is a decent, quite scary horror movie which I can solely recommend to horror fans. Nevertheless, I've expected much more from Tobe Hooper.

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