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MORTUARY

Director Howard Avedis
Year 1983
Starring Mary Beth McDonough, Bill Paxton, Christopher George
Rating R
Run Time 91min
More Info IMDb

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A lot of slashers were released in the early 1980s. However, only one of them can boast a scene in which a young Bill Paxton attempts to get a date by bragging about his Mozart collection. And this is it! MORTUARY tows the delicate line between the slasher genre's well-respected golden age and its inevitable, cannibalistic conclusion. Meaning, this movie has a creepy atmosphere and decent acting, but also a killer wearing KISS make-up. Plus roller disco dancing. When two teens with a van stumble upon a cult of witches led by the local undertaker (badass genre vet Christopher George), they don't know what to do. So they have sex with their girlfriends. One of those girlfriends has a sleepwalking problem. None of this makes sense, but it doesn't have to. Because this is a super fun slasher with graveyards, people pouring popcorn on other people, and "intimate" situations courtesy one of the girls from THE WALTONS. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

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