The Best Demon Movies

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Mortuary

A family moves to a small town where they plan on starting a new life while running an abandoned funeral home.

 

United States
2005
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Zombie Film
Relative: 
Mother
Infected: 
Contagious
4
Dead ahead...
6
3.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Effects
Performances
Pace
This starts out like your typical 1980’s horror flick, despite having been released in 2005. For a zombie film, it is rather imaginative. There is more than meets the eye, when it comes to Mortuary, but that doesn’t make it great. Denise Crosby doesn’t want to be here. She was sincerer in Pet Sematary. We don’t buy her as a mother, nor do we buy her as a thanatologist.
The teenagers have more interesting arcs and, at some point, this film becomes about them. There are clichés at every corner but the screenplay is sprinkled with stuff we haven’t seen many times before, like the way the disease spreads; with black “blood” that crawls on the walls until it reaches a corpse or a living person, turning them into zombies.
The goofy moments are kind of awkward in contrast with a rather serious ambiance. The tone is irregular. The movie is rather slow until it reaches the second half, at which point it really becomes its own thing. Very atmospheric, mildly scary and sporadically cheesy, this production, directed by Tobe Hooper, is worth watching, though it may leave you wanting more.
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