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|Tobe Hooper's Mortuary|
Actor: Dan Byrd; Denise Crosby; Stephanie Patton; Alexandra Adi; Rocky Marquette; Courtney Peldon; Bug Hall; Tarah Paige; Michael Shamus Wiles; Adam Gierasch; Price Carson; Lee Garlington; Greg Travis; Christy Johnson; Joe Langer; Paul G. Pagnini; William Alva
Director: Tobe Hooper
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
A Tobe Hooper Film. DVD Features include: Theatrical Trailer, Unrated Director's Commentary, Unrated behind the scenes featurette with Tobe Hooper, "Inside the Graveyard". When the Doyle family moves to a small town in Ca... more »
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Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 8/28/2013...
Tobe ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre") Hooper (whose career has been on a near constant downhill slide since the '80s) directed this B-horror flick with Denise Crosby of "Star Trek: Next Generation" fame (time has not been kind to her either, by the way) as a single Mom and newly trained mortician who moves to a run down small town to take over operating its creepy old funeral parlor. Unfortunately, some of her new clients won't stay dead and they want to feed her children to some kinda Lovecraftian demi-god thing with a lotta teeth that lives under the house. Goofy stuff. I've seen better but I've seen a hell of a lot worse too.
Michael G. (mgmirkin) from PORTLAND, OR
Reviewed on 10/20/2009...
In general, I rather liked this zombie movie. Not entirely typical, but not far off the beaten track.
It does seem to have character development in the beginning of the movie, enough so that you care what happens to the characters and their fear seems real (well as real as movie-fear can be considered).
I'll admit I'm not a fan of zombie "talkies," so it gets a point deducted for that. This is more of an "infection" / "parasite" type movie that a true 100% zombie movie. So, the departure from mute zombies is perhaps a little permissible.
In all I thought this was pretty good, despite its awkward moments (the sheriff trying to enlist the new mortuary owner's help in curtailing "graveyard babies," AKA necking in the graveyard).
I thought the ending was a let-down, 'cause it appears to violate its own rules and cop-out the ending so that the "resolution" gets voided and the characters are doomed anyway. What was the point? Couldn't they have left it at "yay, we won!"? Dumb choice about the ending.
Anyway, ending, "talkie" zombies, and awkward moments aside I liked this movie. If you're into zombie movies, you might just like it. Far better than House of the Dead or the Quick and the Undead. Not as good as Planet Terror, Dawn of the Dead (remake), Resident Evil, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, etc. It's somewhere in the middle, kind of like Slither.
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Forgettable waste of a tasteless mess....
J. Bilby | Kingston, New Hampshire United States | 02/16/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this movie up quick on a Friday nite,(in a hurry, big mistake) a Tobe Hooper flick with
a little horror to it, right from the start I could tell this one was
going to be a struggle. I love B movie horror flicks, I love tacky, low
budget but I just wasn't very impressed with anything from "Mortuary", from the house(mortuary), the characters, the black spreading growth, the diner, the graveyard, the police, the pit, the dead
and worst the living, they all were rotten. God, I hope I didn't give
anything a way to spoil. I've seen most of this
in one movie or another, they just threw it all together. Cheap, lame and not recommended.
Not scary at all
Steve Hotvedt | Oakdale, MN United States | 04/14/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I got this DVD for $5 and still feel ripped off. This movie and many like it these days are just not scary.
Sometimes with very bad films, they are so bad they are funny, which is worth the time to watch just for that. Not so here.
The problem is that the storyline is so far out that there is no feeling that this could ever happen to anyone. The gratuitous gore and muck only solidify this opinion.
Whatever happened to less is more?
The acting is fine if you discount the ridiculous laughing man and the silly sheriff, but the best acting in history could not overcome this storyline.
I often wonder with very bad movies what the people who do the final editing and review think about before they release something like this. Can they actually believe it is good? More likely they are stuck and have to get whatever money they can out of it. Too bad for us."
Low budget horror fun
Madelyn Pryor | Mesa, AZ United States | 06/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a lot of fun to watch when you go in with a certain mindset. I noticed many other reviewers were disappointed in the quality of the special effects, etc. This is a low budget horror movie, without the slick Hollywood touches of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I think they did this whole movie for a budget of what a cheap car costs. But if you keep that in mind and keep an open attitude, you'll find many delicious details.
The main villain isn't what you'd expect after reading the box and looking at the director's other films. There's a monster behind the scenes and that is what is really creepy (no I won't say more because I don't want to wreck the surprise when you watch it for yourself). The acting isn't the best in places, but it's not that bad either. The script is pretty good: funny, realistic, and flowing. But the best part about this whole film is the twist ending which had me jumping. I was pleasantly surprised that I was, well, surprised. Not often do I get caught off guard by a horror film, but this one managed that.
So keep an open mind and realize that this does not and will not look like a Hollywood release. It looks direct to DVD, but for a direct to DVD type movie, this one is pretty good.