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Mortuary (1981)

Mary McDonogh , David Wallace , Howard Avedis  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary McDonogh, David Wallace, Bill Paxton, Lynda Day George
  • Directors: Howard Avedis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0072GPQ8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bill Paxton, Christopher George and Lynda Day George star in this chilling tale of horror-filled nightmares that comes startlingly close to reality! Christie Parson (Mary McDonough - The Waltons) has been having terrifying nightmares ever since her father drowned in the family swimming pool. She knows his death was not an accident, but no one believes her. That is, until her boyfriend Greg (David Wallace, Humongous) sees a hooded figure, identical to the one that Christie has described as being in her nightmares, in the town's mortuary.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie with a mortuary May 24, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
A movie with a mortuary, a cult group and Bill Paxton is always worth watching. In this early work Paxton plays a geek that works as an embalmer at the local morgue, he enjoys Mozart and enjoys Christie (his childhood crush) even more. If his morbid job wasn't enough, his father owns the mortuary and in his free time does cult meetings with chanting and dances. His mother committed suicide when Paul (Bill Paxton ) was still a young boy and consequently he started seeing a shrink (Christie's father). That's when he first met Christie and as time goes by he becomes more and more detached of reality, wanting to marry her at any cost. Greg Stevens, Christie's boyfriend will have something to say about that.

Okay so this isn't the greatest film in the world. It's not even the greatest horror film, but fans of Bill Paxton have got to check out this movie. Paxton puts his all into making everyone of his characters entertaining and this film is no different. Bill really goes overboard with this character and it's a good thing because otherwise the movie would be pretty boring. I had to rewind one scene several times I was laughing so hard at Paxton's antics.

I found the movie good, nothing extraordinary nor original, it's not extremely graphic but it has enough blood spilling. The acting is good, so is the score. It has some genuine scary moments and a reasonable plot. The horror fans are likely to enjoy it, as I said initially, this has all the ingredients for a good horror movie.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally gets the treatment it needed. May 17, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Mortuary hit video shelves about 1983 or 84 but looked ok back in the video day but it just kinda disappeared from home video completely. Now...thanks to Scorpion releasing it has been re-mastered to an HD quality format and looks very much worth the money it cost to purchase this dvd. This film has always been a favorite of mine since i seen it as a teenager and owned the vestron video copy. Now i can enjoy it again on dvd with nice color, nice audio, and on my 50 inch HD television without that horrible video cassette quality. I just gotta say JOB WELL DONE!!
NOW.....with the arrival of Bluray it should also be available in that format too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Teenager Movie from Heaven!! June 2, 2012
By Todd L.
Format:DVD
This was one of those awesome horror movies from the eighties that we all flocked to with such enthusiasm. Come on it starred Mary McDonough of The Walton's fame. She had already been in the TV movie Midnight Offerings with costar Melissa Sue Anderson, the good girl from Little House on the Prairie. Which was also a recent hit TV show when that movie was made. This movie though had all of the obvious trappings of all of the bad dead teenager movies being released at the time but we still jumped at the red herrings and laughed at the bad acting and lame jokes. I have loved this movie forever and I'm so happy it has finally been released on DVD. Now I can have that movie marathon with Happy Birthday to Me and others from that time. I have to through in Terror Train and Prom Night for extra flavor! And some Jamie Lee Curtis action. Awesomely bad horror movies from the eighties. Loving it!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, But Rare Horror Movie February 10, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
"Mortuary" is a rare horror movie to find. I rented this movie once from the local "Blockbuster" video store and I liked the scary scenes in the movie. If you as you are watching this movie you'll see some familiar faces in the movie. There is a young Bill Paxton in this movie, along with few others. If you are looking for a rare horror film to watch late at night with the lights off, this one is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scary Movie! February 15, 2013
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I remembered watching this back in the '80's at my Aunt Ann's while sleeping on her couch during summer vacations. Such great memories. And I am happy to say that this is still as fun to watch as I remember! You've got the cute couple and a crazy obsessed admirer who uses embalming tools for killing. Lots of tense moments in this one and its not so corny that its hard to watch. Worth buying for sure!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw out your old bootlegs of the VHS! June 9, 2012
Format:DVD
This is an awesome legit release of one of the most neglected 80's horror gems out there! Bill Paxton, a Walton's girl, the husband and wife team of Christopher George (horror veteran) and Lynda Day George. What a cast! The picture quality on this is immaculate! There are a few white specs the first few minutes but they go away and soon you are left with a really top notch picture. Seeing new things for the first time with this (mostly better cleavage shots). Anyway, the movie itself is one worth picking up. This 1983 gem is the real deal. Used to rent this all the time in the 90's from used video stores. One of my favorites to rent back then. Also bought the VHS version back in the early 2000's and then had a hell of a time finding bootlegs of this a few years ago. I love Scorpion Entertainment and their rare picks they release on dvd. Wish they would release Blu-Ray but maybe that is for later. Love the setting of this movie in beautiful coastal California in the early 80's. There are plenty of cool Mortuary scenes and some very suspect people of being the killer. Anyway, this is the version to have and I will stop this review now for fear of more gloating. Love this gem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh,Man! I've Gotten That Eighties Feeling! June 27, 2013
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We saw this movie back in the eighties at the movie theater.Then it came on VHS when VCRs were still rockin.' What makes it even better-it is now on DVD! Then we again decided to watch it,and oh,man-I've gotten that eighties feeling-back in the day when horror movies were rockin'! It was eerie,a little tragic,and just outright scary! What made me describe it as such is that the movie opens when a girl's father,a psychiatrist tries helping this guy who has mental problems,but he returns the favor by hitting him in the back of his head,killing him.And why? Because he doesn't want his daughter dating him.The guy's father commits suicide,and his mother is too incompetent to care for him,so the man at the mortuary cares for him.The girl,Christy witnesses her father's murder,she has nightmares,and sleepwalks,and tells her mother about it,but she's in denial.The mom is in some kind of 'cult' group,(mind you,) and later,she's tragically killed.You just have to see this movie to know what I am talking about.If you were around in the eighties,and saw this movie,then you will understand what I am saying to you.Yet overall,I enjoyed this movie-it was in great shape! And you are a wonderful orderly seller!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mortuary
Horror movie not to be watched alone. An oldie but still a goody, in the classic sense. no cg here, just plain old fashioned scare.
Published 3 months ago by LuckyLady5
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie with a mortuary
A movie with a mortuary, a cult group and Bill Paxton is always worth watching. In this early work Paxton plays a geek that works as an embalmer at the local morgue, he enjoys... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old horror film
I have been waiting for years to get this on DVD. Campy and scary!! The witch thing was a little dumb. It was very creepy.
Published 6 months ago by amy l lazorick
4.0 out of 5 stars Very much worth checking out
Mortuary is about is a girl, Christie looking to investigate her father's *accidental* death which she feels wasnt an accident. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Steigman
2.0 out of 5 stars Develishly pricy
The title and the photo on the cover of the DVD box hint at scarey thrills. It's 70's Devil Cult sillyness with Christopher George and his real wife Linda Day George. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Buyer Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars great 80's classic horror
I have always liked this movie and was so glad it came to DVD. I was extremely surprised with the transfer of this film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by nolaboy2003
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s B Horrors
After renting this one on VHS during my days as a teenager,I decided to add this one to my Grindhouse Horror collection.
Published 11 months ago by Errol Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great effort by Paxton
Mortuary drags a lot, but has a terrifically mad Tour De Force by Bill Paxton. He pretty much wipes the floor with the other players and makes this otherwise rather dreary effort... Read more
Published 13 months ago by WilliamC
3.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the past
Want to see how actor Bill Paxton got his start? Then buy this DVD and find out. He's not bad at all, although the story is a little old hat and could use a little more blood and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never look at the Waltons the same way again...
Yes, Mary McDonogh, who played Erin Walton is in this rare, and rather good 80s horror flick. Its fun, and creepy, and well worth putting on when you have a drab weekend ahead. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Greg Jenkins, PhD
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