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Mortuary (2005)

A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground.

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Tobe Hooper
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Cast overview:
Dan Byrd ... Jonathan
Denise Crosby ... Leslie
Stephanie Patton Stephanie Patton ... Jamie
Alexandra Adi ... Liz
Rocky Marquette ... Grady
Courtney Peldon ... Tina
Bug Hall ... Cal
Tarah Paige ... Sarah
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Sheriff Howell
Adam Gierasch ... Mr. Barstow
Price Carson ... Bobby Fowler
Lee Garlington ... Rita
Greg Travis ... Eliot Cook
Christy Johnson ... Dottie
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The widow Leslie Doyle has just lost her husband and moves with her teenage son Jonathan and her young daughter Jamie to a mortuary in a small town in California that she has bought with the intention of starting a new business, practicing her knowledge as mortician. When they arrive, Leslie realizes that she was lured by the former owner, Elliot, and that the decrepit Fowler Brothers Funeral Home was completely abandoned and with problem with the septic sewer. While Leslie tries to improve and clean the place and start embalming corpses, Jonathan is informed about the legend of Bobby Fowler, the deformed son of the Fowlers. Meanwhile a weird substance attacks people, transforming them in zombies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the dead break free all hell breaks loose See more »


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Rated R for horror violence and gore, brief sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Six Feet Under See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$894,722
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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(At around 28 mins) The quote carved on the vault's door, "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die," is from H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Nameless City." It is supposedly a couplet by Abdul Alhazarred, fictional author of "The Necronomicon." See more »

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(at around 1h 9 mins) When Jonathan, Liz, Jamie and Tina crawl up the ladder from the tomb through the tunnel through to the house, Tina is first on the ladder. Yet when they emerge into the house, she is second to last to come out. See more »

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Sheriff Howell: [picks up spray paint can] Oh my goodness!
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Tobe Hoopers Mortuary.
26 March 2006 | by argentobuffSee all my reviews

Why all the bad reviews for Tobe Hoopers Mortuary?It is certainly not as bad as some viewers have made it out to be and if they were to watch it again they would see so.How does one describe Mortuary?Entertaining.Like an episode of Goosebumps on acid.

A family Played by Denise Crosby,Dan Byrd,and Stephanie Patton, who has just lost their father lease an old Mortuary with a graveyard to boot.They fall in with some of the local teens Alexandra Adi and Rocky MarQuette to learn that they're new home has a dubious past.As well as a creeping(lovecraftian) growth that brings the Dead to life.

The acting is well done by most of the cast.Dan Byrd captures displaced youth well.Stephenie Patton is engaging as the little sister.Adi looks very nice.Marquette's character has a nice twist.Its always nice to see Denise Crosby as the mom in a movie again.She gets to go over the top.Lee Garlington has a nice bit as Adi's Hippie mom.

The Zombies certainly look dead enough.There is some nice creepy atmosphere and sense of dread.There are also a few jump scares that work.There are even some touches of Hoopers old Chainsaw to some of the underground sets.

What really cold-cocks viewers is a totally unnecessary-shock ending(I think that where the bad reviews started)That drags the down the charm and creepiness that Mortuary had built up.Its like a kick in the stomach.The movie could have done without the Bobby Fowler subplot.It has been done a thousand times.

Mortuary does not break any new ground in horror movies or Special Effects.But it was the cast that made it watchable,and it is clearly a Hooper film with his touch.

(Note.This may be updated for when the movie is released on DVD)


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