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Film / Mortuary

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Mortuary is a 2005 horror film directed by Tobe Hooper. It features the Doyle family. After the death of her husband, Leslie (Denise Crosby) has moved her children, Jonathan (Dan Byrd) and Jamie (Stephanie Patton), to the other side of the country, to take over a small town's mortuary, the Fowler Mortuary. The building is a wreck, Jonathan is engaged in teenage rebellion, and the dead are rising from their graves. Needless to say, this wasn't the best moving experience.

  • Creepy Cemetery: The mortuary is conveniently adjacent to the city's cemetery, which is crowded with old graves and a crypt that won't stay closed.
  • Creepy Mortician: Largely averted. Leslie is upbeat and businesslike about her job.
  • Gay Guy Dies First: Largely averted. Several characters die before Grady, and although he's the first of the main group of characters to die, it's late in the film.
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  • Madwoman in the Attic: Bobby Fowler was born deformed, and locked away by his parents before he disappeared, and they died a few years later. He's become a local legend, and indeed never completely left the grounds.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They're powered by black mold, and are largely just jerkily moving humans.
  • Salt Solution: Salt makes the zombies melt away. Unfortunately, it seems the effect is temporary.
  • Shoutout: Bobby Fowler's tomb is adorned with a famous quote from H. P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu":
    "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die."
  • The Virus: The black mold/gunk seems to be able to turn people into evil zombie versions of themselves.


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