1982, Motion Picture Marketing
For the end of the Halloween season, I’ve been trying to watch horror movies that I have never seen or haven’t seen in a while. Funeral Home falls under the “never seen” category, and boy, I wish it stayed that way!
A Canadian production filmed in 1979 and released in that country by Frontier Amusements in 1980 as Cries In the Night, the movie would be re-titled Funeral Home for its 1982 U.S. theatrical and future home video releases. Given the independent distributors and the very low-budget nature of the movie, I imagine this movie probably never made it to a cineplex, but instead could probably have been found as a double feature at a rundown drive-in somewhere.
The best thing this movie has going for it are the movie posters. The U.S. version makes it look like good cheesy ’80s horror fun, while the black & white Canadian poster makes me think it might be something a bit more shocking. Too bad it’s neither.
Funeral Home‘s trailer does a pretty good job of making the movie seem creepy, but the actual film moves at a snail’s pace and you don’t even seen anyone killed until 32 minutes into the movie. [SPOILER]And even that is just people drowning in a car.[/SPOILER] The movie features very little gore and mostly relies on darkness and the score to help set the mood. In short, Funeral Home comes across as a late night made-for-TV movie and would be ripe to RiffTrax to pick at.
I will say that the ending is kind of interesting, even if somewhat of a cop out.
Check the movie out for yourself… if you dare.