Sunday, July 30, 2023

Funeral Home Movie Review

Trailer here.

Funeral Home is a 1980 horror movie directed by William Fruet and starring Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson and Barry Morse.

Heather(Donaldson) is a young woman who arrives at her grandmother Maude's(Hawtrey) house to help her. Maude is converting her house, which was a funeral home, into a bed and breakfast. There is a weird guy called Billy(Stephen E. Miller) who lives there and works as a caretaker. A couple arrive at the house. They are called Mr. and Mrs. Browning. A man called Mr. Davis(Morse) is staying there too. Maude has someone locked away. The local cops are searching for a missing man. They ask Maude and she says that her husband disappeared too. Heather meets a local man called Rick(Dean Garbett). They like each other. Mrs. Browning tries to come on to Billy. She laughs at him. Maude discovers that Mr. and Mrs. Browning are not actually married. She is a religious woman and she wants them to leave.

They refuse to leave. That night to go for a quiet drive to a local quarry and they get killed. Rick and Heather go on a date. Heather discovers that the basement door is locked. She and Rick try to find a way in there. They get in and look around. Someone is there. They get out before Maude can catch them. She tells Heather not to go into the basement. Rick tells Heather that they used to go to the funeral home when they were kids and that her grandpa caught them and pushed them in there. There were dead people. Rick tells her that her grandpa was a mean man. Heather is at home when she hears noises coming from the basement. She sees Maude and she is talking to someone else. Maude knows that someone was watching. She comes looking for Heather, who pretends to be asleep.

Mr. Davis is looking for his wife who disappeared in the area. He knows that she came to Maude's. He asks Maude about it and she denies it. He talks to Billy about it. Heather overhears him. She tries to get back into the cellar. Mr. Davis is murdered. Someone buries him. Heather wonders where he went. The cops get a call from someone who is looking for Mr. Browning. A local girl sees the bodies in the lake.  This brings the cops to Maude's door.  Heather tells Rick that there
 is someone in the basement. Rick decides to look around. Billy wanders down there and gets killed.  Rick and Heather enter it and they find him. Maude appears and attacks Rick. She has gone insane. She tries to kill Heather too. The cops come and they find that Maude has had grandpa's corpse down in the basement. It turns out that she killed him and his girlfriend. Mr. Davis' wife was the girlfriend and when Maude discovered that her husband was having an affair, she killed them both. She also killed the missing people in the area. She is taken away.

This is an okay film. There were some good moments and some not so good ones. It is worth a look if you like 1980's slashers, but it is not one of the best. I found it okay but I wouldn't want to watch it again, really. I can think of better ones. I will give it a 4/10.


Tony Briley said...

Fun review Amanda. I saw this one years and years ago. I love the memories you bring back with your reviews.

Amanda said...

I'm glad you enjoy the reviews! Thanks for reading..

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