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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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Storyline

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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The Barrier Between Life and Death is no Greater than the Thickness of a Door...and now that Door is Open! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marimark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (2.0)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical film debut of Christopher McDonald. See more »

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The front grille of the hearse changes from scene to scene. 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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Horror fanatics may not take this light shocker too easily.
7 April 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

THE HEARSE should be best viewed as a horror outing for the more mature crowd instead of the wicked blood movie cults. But if you prefer to enjoy these movies with a light slasher feel and plenty of strange behavior problems, then this is it. The bottom line: Trish Van Devere's reasonable acting far surpasses and wins over the supernatural. Most often, it's temporarily basic on haunting chills and night-time car chases that try hard at running a step forward in the horror genre (and fails). The prime effort went into shooting a movie in the dark, making it look good this way. Not too bad for a fairly mindless programmer, but the majority of us could dismiss it for the lack of styling and fluidity that appeals.


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