Friday, January 23, 2015

Funeral Home A.K.A. Cries in the Night (1980)

A Canadian slasher horror directed and produced by William Fruet, starring Lesleh Donaldson and Alf Humphreys.
A young woman goes to stay with her grandmother at the house that her grandfather used as a funeral parlor. The house has been converted into a tourist hotel since the disappearance of the grandfather. Guests arrive and stay for a short time before they too disappear. The granddaughter starts dating a young man in town and together with his brother who is on the local police force, they try to figure out what's going on.
This was really weird and didn't make sense in some parts. The main mystery is the black cat. Why is it there? The plot and characters were alright, but the production was very poor. The video was all underexposed and some of the scenes were totally black-screened. I can't figure out why they would make it so difficult to see what's going on. Poor lighting choices and poor camera operation led to black-screening even in daytime shots. The audio was not the best, but what do you expect from an underground Canadian slasher film? I have to rate this poor because the production sucked. If you're REALLY into low-budget slashers, watch it. Everyone else should not.

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