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Funeral Home (1980)

Cries in the Night (original title)
A young woman arrives at her grandmother's house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.

Director:

William Fruet

Writer:

Ida Nelson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Hawtrey ... Maude Chalmers (as Kay Hawtry)
Lesleh Donaldson ... Heather
Barry Morse ... Mr. Davis
Dean Garbett Dean Garbett ... Rick Yates
Stephen E. Miller ... Billy Hibbs (as Stephen Miller)
Alf Humphreys ... Joe Yates (as Alfred Humphreys)
Peggy Mahon Peggy Mahon ... Florie
Harvey Atkin ... Harry Browning
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Sheriff (as Bob Warner)
Jack Van Evera ... James Chalmers
Les Rubie Les Rubie ... Sam
Doris Petrie Doris Petrie ... Ruby
Bill Lake ... Frank
Brett Matthew Davidson Brett Matthew Davidson ... Young Rick (as Brett Davidson)
Christopher Crabb Christopher Crabb ... Teddy (as Chris Crabb)
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Storyline

An old funeral parlor now converted into a tourist home during certain periods such as the summer, develops a problem, when a escaped mental patient with a split personality moves in and proceeds to do away with those specific/certain guests or staff, he/she feels are nosy or immoral. Written by ????

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They were warned... they were all warned... don't go down to the cellar. See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Funeral Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Elora, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Frontier Amusements released this in Canada in the fall of 1980 as CRIES IN THE NIGHT and then re-released the movie in September of 1982 as FUNERAL HOME. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in the U.S., but there is a Canadian flag displayed prominently in front of a public building. See more »

Quotes

Maude Chalmers: [On what happened to her mortician husband] Just vanished into thin air!
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Onward, Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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Desperate Measures for Desperate Times
1 July 2006 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

What do you do when your husband, the funeral director, runs out and is never seen again many years past, and leaves you with a big, old funeral home? Why turn it into a bed and breakfast of course! Funeral Home is one of those cheaply yet competently made horror film of the late seventies/early eighties that manages to evoke some real, honest chills while maintaining a somewhat serious facade. No small feat when you consider most of the horror derivative drivel produced during this era. Kay Hawtrey plays Mrs. Maude Chalmers who now runs a bed and breakfast and just received her granddaughter to help her make a go of it. Hawtrey gives one heck of a performance as a woman riddled with contradictions. Rumours abound that she was abandoned by her husband for another woman, but she doesn't believe any of that. She seems very normal except no one, absolutely no one, is allowed in the basement - where she can be heard often talking to someone. She plays the ever so sweet grandmother and charitable woman making flowers for the under-privileged. She plays the morally outraged innkeeper who disapproves of any behaviors she deems imprudent. She also has a more far-reaching range as the movie progresses to its revealing climax. But it is Hawtrey's performance that really makes this film work at any level - without it you would have nothing more than some slasher film without any merit. The rest of the acting is pretty good too with Barry Morse no less adding some more credibility as a house guest out to find some secret. As far as the story goes, it is nothing really inventive or hard to figure out to be sure, but the acting, lack of glossy production values, rural, almost Rockwellesque summer settings, and some competent directing all manage to create a fine little horror gem from Canada.


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