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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.
Mary Beth McDonough,
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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Despite the fungal content, it doesn't really grow on you.
Many horror fans may dislike Tobe Hooper's move away from outright nastiness a la "Texas Chainsaw" to more playful movies such as Poltergeist and, more recently, Toolbox Murders and now this light zombie effort. I actually enjoy his sense of fun and his way of toying with the audience. Unfortunately, some material needs more than that.
A mother and her two children move into a mortuary, where the mom hopes to make a decent living from the dead and the kids just want to avoid the overflowing septic tank and avoid seeing any movement between the graves at the rear of the house. The timing couldn't be worse though, thanks to a black fungus that somehow helps to resurrect the dead for no reason we are ever made aware of.
That's all there is to it. The cast is made up of just a few familiar faces and then the usual disposable teens, the tone is never dark or scary enough to please the fans seeking any genuine horror and the film often resorts to either numerous clichés or well signposted beats as the narrative moves forward.
The movie is nothing special but has some fun and is far from complete crap. I am surprised by the REALLY negative reviews here but many of the criticisms are valid. I, however, simply found this to be a passable slice of hokum that only really started falling out of my favour when some bad CGI appeared and the nonsense carried on just a little bit too long in the final act.
See this if you like: Masters Of Horror, Webs, Raiders Of The Damned.
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