Mortuary (1983 American film)
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|Directed by||Howard Avedis|
|Produced by||Edward L. Montoro
|Written by||Howard Avedis|
|Music by||John Cacavas|
|Edited by||Stanford C. Allen|
|Distributed by||Citadel Films/Artists Releasing Corporation (ARC)
Film Ventures International (FVI)
|Box office||$4.3 million|
Mortuary (also known as Embalmed and Hall of Death internationally) is a 1983 American slasher film directed by Howard Avedis and starred Bill Paxton, Mary Beth McDonough, David Wallace, Lynda Day George, with Michael Berryman (who only appears in the film's trailer) and Christopher George in one of his final roles. It centered on a hooded face-painted killer who stabbed or impaled his victims with/on an embalming trocar. On May 25, 2012 the film was release for the first time on DVD.
Christie Parson (Mary McDonaugh) is mourning the death of her father (Danny Rogers) by drowning. Her mother has convinced herself it was a tragic accident, but Christie is sure it was murder. Christie suffers from nightmares in which a hooded figure, clutching an embalming trocar, pursues her. She turns detective, aided by her boyfriend (David Wallace) to find out the truth. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, whose owner, Hank Andrews (Christopher George), together with his secretly demented offspring, Paul, is guarding an odious secret.
- Mary Beth McDonough as Christie Parson
- David Wallace as Greg Stevens
- Bill Paxton as Paul Andrews
- Christopher George as Hank Andrews
- Lynda Day George as Eve Parson
- Bill Conklin as Sheriff Duncan
- Curt Ayers as Jim
- Donna Garrett as Mrs. Andrews
- Danny Rogers as Dr. Parson
- Greg Kaye as Mark
- Denis Mandel as Josh
On May 15, 2012, the film was finally transferred to DVD with a 16×9 (1.78:1) HD master from the original Inter-Negative. Scorpio Releasing in conjunction with Camelot Entertainment released the DVD with special features. The special features included, Play with or without the “Nightmare Theater” experience, On camera interview with composer John Cacavas and the original trailer.
On October 7, 2014, Scorpion Releasing released the film on Blu-ray a Limited Edition with only 1200 copies.
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