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The Mortuary Collection

Wonderfully designed anthology film with a sting in its tail combines tradition with tongue-in-cheek and cleverly doled out gore.

The job doesn’t sound too appealing: assistant in a morgue. But for Sam neither the sinister manager, Montgomery Dark, nor the dark Victorian building where his company is located, form an obstacle. What’s more: she loves horror stories. Can’t he share a few? Wonderfully designed anthology film with a sting in its tail combines tradition with tongue-in-cheek and cleverly doled out gore.

There is no genre trickier than the anthology film, requiring an ingenious interplay between individual stories and an overarching framework. The Mortuary Collection gets everything right in that department and with its literally timeless setting (somewhere between the fifties and the eighties), it manages to connect gothic horror with the clichés of the slasher. Without feeling forced, the film is both an ode to the classic morality tale and an ironic commentary on it. A clever mix of Hammer, EC horror comics,  Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, and, okay, a touch of Eli Roth. In other words: a debut film that catapults director Ryan Spindell straight into the honours league.

Info

Type Feature Film
Director Ryan Spindell
Country VS | USA
Year 2019
Duration 108 min
Cast Clancey Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer

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