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The Undertaker (1988)

R | | Horror | November 1988 (USA)
A deranged undertaker kills various people to keep as his friends in his seedy funeral home.


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Charles Kay-Hune Charles Kay-Hune ... Chief
William James Kennedy William James Kennedy ... Inspector Barry (as Will Kennedy)
Francis D. Poeta Francis D. Poeta ... Security Guard (as France Poeta)
Joel Nagle ... Kevin
Max Stone Max Stone ... Sargeant
Linda Ipanema ... Mary Lawrence (as Ginny Franc)
Lisa Vondal Lisa Vondal ... Nancy Bowen
Nita Kling Nita Kling ... Angela
Jan Harrison Jan Harrison ... Cashier
Mette Holt ... Jean


A deranged undertaker kills various people to keep as his friends in his seedy funeral home.

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November 1988 (USA) See more »

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The Code Red DVD is edited. The gory scenes are cut and some scenes are out of order. See more »


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Trying to Recapture Maniac
28 October 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Undertaker (1988)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Roscoe (Joe Spinell) runs a funeral home but there aren't too many people dying so he's losing out on money. This gives him the idea of killing people so that his work will be full and this will bring in money. Soon the police are trying to track down who is mutilating all the people.

THE UNDERTAKER is somewhat of a mystery movie. It never got an official release in America when it was made and for many years it was only available via a bootleg. There were rumors that the film was never completed but that's certainly not true since there are opening and closing credits as well as a music score and so on. I think it might have been possible that the production ran out of money and this might explain why certain scenes end without reason or why other bits and pieces seem to not be complete.

As far as the film goes, honestly, it's pretty hard to judge the film because it just feels like it's incomplete. However, no one involved with the production has spoken up so it's hard to know what's really going on with it. As I said there are many scenes that just stop without reason or cuts off and goes to something else without much of a reason why. There are also countless scenes where people just walk or talk for no real reason other than to expand the running time. I will say that the special effects are decent for the obvious low-budget they were working on. A lot of the effects happen off screen but we get the bloody aftermath.

The main reason to watch the film or stay away from it is for Joe Spinell. The character actor appeared in films like THE GODFATHER, ROCKY and TAXI DRIVER but he will always be remembered for his role in MANIAC. That 1980 slasher was a masterpiece and several producers tried to recapture that film with Spinell. You had THE LAST HORROR FILM and then MR. ROBBIE: MANIAC 2. It's clear that they wanted this to be like MANIAC as we get some very familiar scenes and especially with Spinell talking to his victims and crying because of his pain. The performance is okay but there are some rather obvious moments where Spinell is drunk and having issues with his lines. Some might just wish not to see Spinell in this shape and especially when you considered he died a couple months after this was done filming.

So, it's really going to be up to Spinell fans on whether or not they want to see this film. It's strange that it isn't better known but there are just way too many issues for it to be a complete success.

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