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 »lifornia, they plan on starting a new life...perhaps a strange choice, seeing as this new life entails running the long-abandoned Fowler Funeral Home and cemetary. The locals fear the place, and there are whispers around town that not only are the grounds haunted, but that the Fowler boy, who wore a burial shroud to hide his hideously deformed face, still lives in one of the tombs there. The Doyles discover all too soon that the gossip is true. Someting lurks beneath the Fowler estate--someting that raises the dead from long-forgotten graves...something that feeds upon death itself.« less
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.
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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.
Graveyard Babies(All Got Rabies)
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 04/17/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've always loved Tobe Hooper, and I've stuck with him through highs and lows. The guy's a schlock B movie director and actually seems proud of that fact. He never seemed to have aspirations like Raimi and Jackson of hitting the big time, he seems happy doing what he does. I think Tobe got screwed somewhat though. When your first film is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you've set the bar pretty high, and everyone's gonna expect all of your films from there on out to be just as good if not better than that. Hooper's had to live with this curse for years. Hell, you ever seen a coverbox for a Hooper film that didn't say, "From the director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? It's got be tough considering all his films since then have been B exploitation flicks. Chainsaw was too, but people and critics seemed to only accept it one time around. Sure, he did hit the big time with Poltergeist, but I don't really count that coz that has Speilberg written all over it. The film would have been totally different if only Hooper had done it. Many schlocky films later we arrive at Mortuary. The problem with Mortuary isn't that it's a bad film coz it isn't, but because it's too much a product of the times. What I mean by that is that we live in a time when there are about eight billion direct to video horror films on the video store shelves. At least two seem to come out each week. Back in Hooper's heyday this wasn't so. Basically I'm saying that if Hooper's name wasn't on this film, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this film and one of those countless others on the shelf. Sad, but true. Hooper seems to have gotten lost in an enormous pile of movies influenced by his own. It also seems as if Hooper has been forever banished to the direct to video arena. The last theatrical release we saw from him was The Mangler over ten years ago. Theatrical space now is reserved for really high quality entertainment like XXX: State Of Union and Phat Girlz. If Mortuary had been released in the 80s, it would definitely have some staying power, but I'm afraid it'll get lost in the shuffle within a year or so. Like I said, Mortuary isn't a bad film(it is if you get off on Citizen Kane or Bringing Down The House), in fact I might just purchase it coz I like Hooper and would like to own all of his films. The idea of the film is an interesting one. It's like a mix of Lovecraft's Colour Out Of Space(the green viney stuff making the soil bad, not to mention the creature in the well which is pretty Lovecraftian), Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness(the contagium spread by puking into mouths), and of course Night Of The Living Dead. It's got a bunch of Hooper's trademark oddball characters, most amusing being a stuttering sheriff and comedian Greg Travis as a sleazy city official who is constantly laughing. Mortuary isn't a big comeback film for Hooper. It might even disappoint many of his fans, but Tobe's still going full speed ahead after all these years. At least the B horror world will always have Tobe."
Texas chainsaw slumber party
Reuben I. Thaker | Pennsylvania | 05/26/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is an intensely boring story of a possessed mortuary, and a family that take over its operation. The initial scenes are the best, as the old owner hands over the keys while slowly pointing out the hidden flaws of the old house he has just sold them. There is no more of this over the top sick humor though, just mundane teens getting killed for being sexually active [a timeless subtext of horror].
More than a few scenes seemed designed to remind of audiences of Poltgeist, an 80s classic. People dont remember that film was also Hooper, and his best work, since Spielberg took all the credit for it back in 84 as producer.
Tobe Hooper directed Tx Chainsaw Massacre, the original, using a then clever device: make it look like a documentary/real life events. It is hilarious that people thought the new Chainsaw was based on real events, simply bc the 70s version was a bit deceptive.
Wow, this film just does not seem worthy of the director when looking at his early and middle works."