The Hearse

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The Hearse
The Hearse.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byGeorge Bowers
Produced byMark Tenser
Written byWilliam Bleich
StarringTrish Van Devere
Joseph Cotten
David Gautreaux
Donald Hotton
Music byWebster Lewis
CinematographyMori Kawa
Edited byGeorge Berndt
Marimark Productions
Distributed byCrown International Pictures
Release date
  • June 20, 1980 (1980-06-20)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Hearse is a 1980 American horror film starring Trish Van Devere and Joseph Cotten.


Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) arrives in the town of Blackford to stay in an old house left to her by a late aunt. As time passes, Jane learns secrets her aunt kept from her in life, but that were well known by the townspeople.

In life, Jane's aunt had been a devil worshipper, and upon her death, the hearse carrying her body crashed, but no sign of the driver or of the coffin were ever found. Since then, the house inherited by Jane has been haunted by evil spirits and the rural road out of Blackford has been haunted by the hearse that crashed.

As these stories come to light, Jane attempts to leave Blackford to avoid being drawn in by her aunt's spirit, but finds herself pursued by the ghostly hearse and held prisoner inside Blackford by spirits.

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Critical reception[edit]

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "The Hearse qualifies as this summer's garage sale of horror movies. It contains all the best clichés from recent, more successful horror movies (especially [The] Amityville [Horror] and even The Changeling, which came out last April and starred Van Devere, her husband George C. Scott and, of course, the obligatory self-banging doors and self-playing musical instruments)."[1]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "The Hearse was directed by George Bowers, and shot either in a very stylized fashion or without benefit of a light meter – many of the film's outdoor scenes feature brilliant blue skies and actors with dim, shadowy faces. As far as the horror goes, Mr. Bowers makes his film moderately scary and pretty unpleasant, too. No one gets a hatchet in the forehead, though, the way one of the actors does in Friday the 13th. Isn't that nice to know?"[2]


  1. ^ Roger Ebert (June 7, 1980). "The Hearse". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  2. ^ Janet Maslin (June 7, 1980). "The Hearse is Ghoulish Concoction". Movies. The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-04.

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