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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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Taglines:

Mortuary...Where nobody rests in peace! 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

Gross USA:

$4,319,001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,319,001
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hickmar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released on DVD from Scorpion Releasing on May 15, 2012 with new 1:78.1 high-definition film transfer from the original internegative. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 11 mins) When Paul injects Christie as he presses the needle to her arm you can see the needle move further into the syringe and not into her arm. See more »

Quotes

Eve Parson: Christie, you've been... highly imaginative since your Father's death!
Christie Parson: [barking back] There was somebody out there... I saw him!... Somebody in a black cape trying to stab me!
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Unbelievably creepy spook-fest
14 April 2008 | by startide77See all my reviews

I saw this when I was a kid and it scared the bejesus out of me. I saw black hooded figures for months after wards.

Fast forward some twenty odd years, no matter how hard I try, I still cannot watch this film in the dark.

Mirrors and glass are used to great effect, the California locations make a decidedly original change from the backwoods of nowhere, as was so popular at the time, but are so brilliantly used (where oh where is that magnificent house?), one particularly brutal killing, sleepwalking and the stunning Lynda Day George.

This isn't your paint by numbers slasher, which has probably led to its low IMDb rating and you really must watch it alone as the sight of Bill Paxton in his early career may force your viewing companion to make comment about it and lose all perspective, but this vastly underrated little chiller is well worth it.


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