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  • Actors: Christopher Atkins, Paul Bartel, Megan Blake, Lynn Danielson-Rosenthal, James Daughton
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6ON0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It's sick. It's sexy, it's MORTUARY ACADEMY and it's not for the squeamish! A bawdy black comedy with a campy all-star cast, MORTUARY ACADEMY stars heartthrob Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon) with Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov (the unforgettable stars of the cult classic Eating Raoul) in a sexy spoof of the mortuary business. Forced, along with his brother Sam, to graduate from the MortuaryAcademy in order to inherit his late uncle's $2 million estate, shy Max Grimm encounters the hilarious horrors of life after death. But when they learn that the corrupt Dr. Prescott (Bartel) has bled the once-lucrative school dry, the brothers Grimm enlist the help of their colorful classmates to resurrect a dead rock band and save the school. An outrageous mix of sexy sight-gags and campy humor makes MORTUARY ACADEMY the killer comedy of the year.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hearse Queen on May 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this film since I am a former mortician, and I'm always dying for funny funeral home comedies. Brothers Sam Grimm (Christopher Atkins)& Max Grimm (Perry Lang), inherit a combination mortuary & mortuary school from their recently deceased uncle which is worth millions. Only catch is, they have to graduate from the school before they can collect on their inheritance, and there's many an obstacle on their way to graduation. The film pokes fiendish fun at the funeral industry, touching on all the major touchy subjects, i.e. necrophilia, price gouging, bad embalming, and ambulance chasing, etc. I dont want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but a highlight of the film involves Wolfman Jack, and the band Radio Werewolf singing "1960 Cadillac Hearse", which is a killer song! It also features the comedic team of Paul Bartel (playing Paul Truscott) & Mary Woronov (playing Mary Purcell), whom you might remember from the hilarious films, "Rock & Roll High School", and "Eating Raoul" as Mortuary School employees. If you like morbid comedy, I think you'll like this flick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chip Miller on March 30, 2006
Format: DVD
I am partial to this dark, dry comedy, fashioned somewhat as Eating Raoul Part Two" meets the classic 60's pic "The Loved Ones." Considering it's ocassionally tasteless gags, the film received excellent reviews on it's screening at the 89 Cannes Film Festival. With the death of many of it's stars -- Cesar Romero, Wolfman Jack, Paul Bartel, and several supporting actors, there is a certain air of surreal aloofness to the characters. I actually have a cameo in the movie as an ambulance attendent during an accident scene. I developed the storyline and screenplay from my growing up the son of a mortician and living over a funeral home. I Co-Produced the movie and perform a song in the opening credits as a mock Beachboys rock band. And I agree totally with Hearse Queen's recent review of our little cult flic as well as her comments on that great Radio Werewolf tune. Gather a few of your insane friends, a cold six-pack, turn off the lights, and laugh your butt off. Chip Miller, Filmmaker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on March 10, 2007
Format: DVD
Two brothers discover they are the sole beneficiaries of their late uncle. They are to inherit a mortuary and school valued at several million dollars. The only catch is that they have to graduate from the mortuary academy in order to claim the inheritance. The current academy administration is not too thrilled with the situation. If the boys fail to pass the administration will retain control of the estate.

Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov represent the administration while a cast of colorful characters makes up the rest of the student body. The brothers are polar opposites in personality. One is willing to go with the flow while the other hates the idea and wants to be a real doctor (although no medical school will have him). The brothers and the administration face off and the other characters form their alliances until silly plots and complications bring the whole thing to a satisfying conclusion.

Bartel and Woronov are excellent. The movie is silly, only slightly dark at times, and just about what you would expect from such a comedy film. An unexpected plu is that Wolfman Jack plays a substantial role as the agent for a music group called Radio Werewolf. This is the sort of film I might have seen at a summer drive-in when it first came out. In other words it is silly, fun, and won't strain the brain too much while throwing in a fair bit of originality. Check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 9, 2011
Format: DVD
MORTUARY ACADEMY is another wacky movie starring the irrepressible duo of Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov (ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, EATING RAOUL). This time, the peculiar pair are running the ACADEMY of the title, while Bartel attempts a love affair w/ an over-ripe cadaver! Meanwhile, two students are enrolled in order to meet the requirements of their dead uncle's will. If they pass, then they inherit the ACADEMY. Of course, Bartel and Woronov do whatever they can to stop this from happening. MA is a humorous look at the funereal arts, w/ heavy doses of goofy dialogue and zany characters. If you enjoy deceased, robotic-ally resurrected rock bands, and aren't offended by the lighter side of necrophilia, then this movie will set in like rigor-mortise (I mean that in a good way)!...
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