Mortuary (1983)

May 13, 2010 3:59 pm 0 comments ,

Bill Paxton (Frailty) stars as the mortician’s son in one of his earlier roles and Christopher George (City of the Living Dead) makes his last on screen performance in this somewhat interesting horror film.

The question begs is this movie as good other famous actors’ early ventures into horror? Leo in Critters 3? Jennifer Anniston in Leprechaun? Clooney in Return of the Killer Tomatoes? Probably not, but Paxton does hold the movie together and hams it up with the best of ‘em.


Early on a couple kids that “are up to no good starting making trouble in their neighborhood” by attempting to steal pickup up some tires from a warehouse where they don’t belong. They find a group of whack jobs rehearsing chants and other satanic stuff down stairs. One of the kids is killed unbeknownst to the other kid who escapes.

The film is relatively easy early on to decipher, ruining any chance at building a deep level of suspense. The blood and guts are average for this period for American filmmakers, which of course mean nowhere near the crazed amount of blood the Italians were using.

The killer has a thing for Mozart which could be interesting if done properly (see A Clockwork Orange on how to make classical music interesting in movies). It’s not though and ends up being rather boring as the killer dispatches his victims while they are halfway dead AND listens to the Mozart at the same time. Watch out!

It’s not bad. It’s not good. It’s just there, a lot like my last girlfriend.

Snore Factor ZZZ

IMDB 1983

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