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The Hearse (1980)

A girl is haunted by a phantom hearse, which she believes is connected to her departed aunt, a witch with a bad reputation in town.

Director:

George Bowers

Writers:

William Bleich (as Bill Bleich), Mark Tenser (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trish Van Devere ... Jane Hardy
Joseph Cotten ... Walter Prichard
David Gautreaux ... Tom Sullivan
Donald Hotton ... Reverend Winston
Med Flory ... Sheriff Denton
Donald Petrie ... Luke
Christopher McDonald ... Pete
Perry Lang ... Paul Gordon
Fred Franklyn Fred Franklyn ... Mr. Gordon (as Frederic Franklyn)
Olive Dunbar ... Mrs. Gordon
Al Hansen ... Bo Rehnquist
Dominic Barto Dominic Barto ... The Driver
Nicholas Shields Nicholas Shields ... Dr. Greenwalt
Chuck Mitchell ... Counterman
Allison Balson ... Alice
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Jane Hardy decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce. Little does she know, her aunt practiced witchcraft and is still thought of very badly by the town's citizens. As soon as she moves in, she is haunted by a old black hearse and it's creepy driver. Is she going insane or is she truly being menaced? She meets a friendly young man and becomes involved with him, but is he and the creepy driver one and the same? Written by <VRSC26B@PRODIGY.COM>

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There is a door between life and death and now, that door is open! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Biltur med de døde See more »

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Marimark Productions See more »
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Mono | Dolby Digital (2.0)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The hearse was a 1951 Packard Funeral Coach. See more »

Goofs

When Jane brushes the leaves from her aunt's grave it "bounces". See more »

Quotes

Jane Hardy: [startled by someone at her back door] Oh!
Reverend Winston: Miss Hardy, please.
Jane Hardy: [laughing, relieved] Oh! You scared the hell out of me!
Reverend Winston: I should probably take that as a compliment. *Ha ha ha ha ha!*
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Hitchin' a ride with the afterlife.
1 February 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Before watching it, I decided to give the trailer a look and liked what I saw. But when it came to actually watching the feature. Well that was another story. Even with such a novel idea, it couldn't escape its roots that hang heavily in this old-hat haunted house format. No surprises or shocks here. The pallid story never grips or inserts much interest, as it becomes a wearisome tale of never-ending, suspicious tedium. The slow grinding pace doesn't help matters either. It seems to be all build up, but director George Bowers' predictable touch can't seem to raise much in the way of suspense and really overuses the usual scare tactics with miserable results. This even goes for Webster Lewis' generically telegraphed score. One or two effective surreal set-pieces (involving the hearse and its driver) and Mori Kawa's nicely atmospheric photography, just can't make-up for the lame, weak and overly boring presentation. Performances feel wooden and terribly uninterested, and it seems to show. Trish Van Devere fluffs about, and Joseph Cotton adds his two bobs worth. Put it under the very forgettable files.


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