Funeral Home

APRIL 13, 2007


It’s almost not entirely fair to call Funeral Home ‘crap’ (UPDATE: "Crap" tag rescinded! Read my new Blu-ray review to find out why). Maybe I should make a new category simply called “Boring”. It’s not that the film is wall to wall awful like the other movies in the crap subgenre (such as Blood Trails or Cube 2), it’s just boring as a dog’s ass. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if it was really a horror movie (actually, I’m still not) until someone finally got killed around the half hour mark. Some of the movies in my budget set (yep, this is another one, folks) are just filler and can’t be considered horror.

This one manages to classify as horror via a few slasher style sequences (including one that is 99% exact to Steve Christy’s murder in Friday the 13th, I’m not sure which movie came first but considering today's date I consider that pretty coincidental) and the film's 'scary' title, which is also misleading since it takes place at a hotel (which USED to be a Funeral Home, but that'd be like calling Planet of the Apes "Earth"). There's also the ending, which reveals that the killer (the owner of the hotel) has a split personality and keeps a corpse in the basement. Which is a great idea, but it’s just sort of botched in this film. Imagine what someone like Hitchcock could do with this concept!

Jokes aside, the movie is so intent on ripping off Psycho, it even features action over the end credits! But it one ups Psycho by actually having characters provide the epilogue/exposition while we learn who the key grips and assistant directors were. Lazy Hitch just had a car get pulled out of a lake.

Back to the coincidences though, I haven’t mentioned it, but it’s strange how often a film will share some random thing in common with the film I watched the day before. For example, both Ginger Snaps and Cutting Class were on pan and scan, featureless DVDs. And both Cutting Class and the previous day's The Burning were 80s slashers that featured (now) highly respectable people making their debuts. And now today’s movie, just like yesterday’s movie Devil Times Five, features a brunette woman cruelly attempting to “seduce” a retarded man. What sort of surprising connection will tomorrow’s movie have with this? Maybe it will also happen to feature scene after scene of the obvious villain claiming not to know where the victims “disappeared to all of a sudden” every 10 minutes or so.

Speaking of the retarded man, consider this charming line of dialogue: “He’s not very bright, so I let him have the shack around the back of the house.” This comes courtesy of the owner of the hotel, which has plenty of empty rooms. It’s really endearing when a character we are supposed to like is treating some poor sap like a dog because he doesn’t know any better.

My favorite shot in the film.

And in keeping with the theme of learning things from low budget movies in the public domain, I leave you with this chilling fact (a cop says it so it must be true): “Do you know how many people go missing in America every day? Thousands!” Wow.

What say you?


  1. Haha, the same thing happened to me! I watched Devil Times Five one day, and this the next, and was amazed that two movies on the same disc had the "retarded character seduction" scene! Maybe someone at Mill Creek was making a "theme" disc. Wonder what Virus and Lady Frankenstein have in that vein?

    I was really digging this right up until the traveling salesman and his mistress got it. After that it just wasn't as much fun, and the EXACT Psycho ripoff ending (right down to the swinging light!) just made me want to go re-watch Psycho--which is a much better way to spend your time.

  2. Haha I barely remember this one now... shows how much of an impact it left. I had to re-read my own review to remember.

    Mill Creek put all of the Rebane movies on one disc with Cathy's Curse, the fuckers!

  3. Well, like I said, I actually found some stuff to enjoy in the Rebane movies, particularly The Cold/The Game. But I understand that I'm not like most people. :)

  4. You're not going to believe this, man:

    Lady Frankenstein (on the same disc as Funeral Home and Devil Times Five also has a "retarded character seduction" scene.

    This HAS to be intentional!

  5. hahahah holy shit! ill have to check it out now. maybe next week. i think ill ask mill creek to sponsor my site.

  6. Actually I quite enjoyed Lady Frankenstein. One of the better "creation sequences" I've seen, up there with the Hammer movies, and DEFINITELY one of the perviest Frankenstein adaptations ever.

  7. oh i prob wont be able to watch at work then... haha dammit!

  8. Probably shouldn't watch at work if people might be looking over your shoulder! But you should definitely watch.

    I wrote up my thoughts on Lady Frankenstein on the Rue-Morgue messageboards, if you're interested: here ya go.

  9. Yeah I have that one slotted in for Thursday - I just gotta watch right when I get in before anyone else shows up :)


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