FUNERAL HOME aka CRIES IN THE NIGHT (1980) reviews and now free to watch online

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‘Some things never rest in peace.’
Funeral Home aka Cries in the Night is a 1980 Canadian horror film produced and directed by William Fruet (Death Weekend; Spasms; Killer Party) from a screenplay written by Ida Nelson.

The movie stars Kay Hawtrey (Love at Stake; Haunted by Her Past; American Psycho 2), Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me; Deadly EyesCurtains), Barry Morse (Asylum; The Changeling), Dean Garbett, Stephen E. Miller and Alf Humphreys (Death WeekendMy Bloody Valentine).

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A young woman, Maude Chalmers, arrives at her grandmother’s house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. But soon after they open, guests begin to either disappear and/or turn up dead…

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“The movie brings forth a spooky tone and psychological mystery that most slashers simply do not, and yet it still maintains all the wonderful cheese you expect from an 80s slasher. Funeral Home is Canada’s Psycho!” Oh, the Horror!


“Unfortunately, just as the film builds up to an enjoyable and campily frenetic climax it blows it all with a complete dramatic damp squib of an ending- it’s one of those, you know the ones, where you exclaim to yourself, “Oh,…. is that it?”. Hysteria Lives


“Some hack n’ slash tendencies are present but the consistent level of pacing and atmosphere here is usually unseen in the wave that came after Carpenter’s Halloween. Definitely recommended, however; don’t come in expecting to see a body count or an emergence of an unheralded slasher icon.” Basement of Ghoulish Decadence


“[spoiler] … ultimately it’s the drunken abuses of the absent grandfather that are blamed for the murderous rampage well, kinda-rampage. Here, the poisonous male character is a mere spectre, and Fruet shows us that even in death, dudes are potent saboteurs. Too bad he couldn’t explore that idea in Ida Nelson’s script with a lot more punch.” Canuxploitation!

“Several standout scenes are spooky, but you can feel a spirit of fun behind the whole thing. It could have had more flashbacks and better dialogue, and the end should have been campier, but it’s worth watching if it comes your way.” David Elroy Goldweber, Claws & Saucers


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“William Fruet’s direction is workaday, and Ida Nelson’s script is too derivative of Psycho to stand on its own. Good track by Jerry Fielding.” John Stanley, Creature Features

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