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Mortuary (1983)

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.

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Howard Avedis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Beth McDonough ... Christie Parson (as Mary McDonough)
David Wysocki ... Greg Stevens (as David Wallace)
Bill Paxton ... Paul Andrews
Lynda Day George ... Eve Parson
Christopher George ... Hank Andrews
Curt Ayers Curt Ayers ... Jim
Bill Conklin Bill Conklin ... Sheriff Duncan
Donna Garrett ... Mrs. Andrews
Greg Kaye Greg Kaye ... Mark
Denis Mandel ... Josh
Violet Manes Violet Manes ... Mortuary Customer
Alvy Moore ... Bob Stevens
Danny Rogers Danny Rogers ... Dr. Parson
Beth Scheffell Beth Scheffell ... Bonnie (as Beth Schaffel)
Marlene Schmidt ... Lois Stevens
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Storyline

Christie Parson has been having terrifying nightmares ever since her father drowned in a swimming pool. Christie's mother believes this was a tragic accident, but Christie believes he was murdered. Then her boyfriend Greg Stevens sees a sinister hooded figure in the town's mortuary, the same figure that was following and harassing Christie. Greg's and Christie's curiosity plunders them into a series of bizarre and terrible circumstances at the mortuary, a dark and ghastly place managed by Hank Andrews and his son Paul. Christie will soon discover the ghastly truth behind her father's death, but in doing so, she may not live to see the morning. Written by WilliamPaxton

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You are cordially invited to a wedding at the mortuary. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cementerio, el último paso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$763,184, 5 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,319,001
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hickmar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although he's not in this film, Michael Berryman nonetheless was featured in the US theatrical trailer for this movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) After Christie drops off Greg at the police station the crew is visible in the rear driver's side window as she departs. See more »

Quotes

Hank Andrews: I've never had a seance with a bunch of women!
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2018) See more »

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Bill Paxon's embalming career
17 July 2004 | by lrc81See all my reviews

A movie with a mortuary, a cult group and Bill Paxon is always worth watching. In this early work Paxon plays a geek that works as an embalmer at the local morgue, he enjoys Mozart and enjoys Christie (his childhood crush) even more. If his morbid job wasn't enough, his father owns the mortuary and in his free time does cult meetings with dances and chantings. His mother committed suicide when Paul (Bill Paxon) was still a young boy and consequently he started seeing a shrink (Christie's father). That's when he first met Christie and as time goes by he becomes more and more detached of reality, wanting to marry her at any cost. Greg Stevens, Christie's boyfriend will have something to say about that.

I found the movie good, nothing extraordinary nor original, it's not extremely graphic but it has enough blood spilling. The acting is good, so is the score. It has some genuine scary moments and a reasonable plot. The horror fans are likely to enjoy it, as i said initially, this has all the condiments for a good horror movie.


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