The horror anthology The Mortuary Collection just screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin and let me tell you: It’s amazing! One of the best of the 21st Century, hands down. Imagine Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark–for grown-ups!
Clancy Brown plays the Mortician (looking very much like Phantasm‘s Tall Man played by Angus Scrimm), a character who serves as the curator–and he’s got a truly spooky backstory! For a taste of what The Mortuary Collection delivers, give the trailer a spin at the top of the article!
When a young girl attends a funeral in an old mortuary, she stumbles upon a secret room full of curiosities where she meets the towering, ominous mortician. He guides her through his collection, sharing four stories of wild, unique, and memorable deaths. Thus begins the narrative skeleton surrounding this delightful, morbid, and clever anthology. Each of the four stories brings us into a fully realized, impeccably designed period piece, moving chronologically from the 1950s through the 1980s. A ‘50s housewife struggles with a mysterious presence in her bathroom; a ‘60s college boy gets a taste of his own fraternizing medicine; a ‘70s husband makes some tough decisions about his wife — all culminating in the ‘80s-set The Babysitter Murders (which writer/director Ryan Spindell previously won Best Director at Fantastic Fest for). With a vibrant variety of tones and timely themes, The Mortuary Collection is a wild ride that showcases a balance of humor, terror, squirm-inducing moments, and the ability to completely pull the rug out from under the audience.
About the Director:
Ryan Spindell is a Los Angeles-based writer, director and artist who believes that if he works really hard and is nice to people, good things will happen to him. But in reality what he needs to do is get a neck tattoo and start yelling at people because that’s the only way anyone can make it in this industry. At least that’s what his friend Darren keeps telling him even though Darren has never made a thing in his life and is almost definitely still a virgin. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys hiking, Jungi Ito manga, and a good tequila. He won a Best Director prize at Fantastic Fest 2015 for his short The Babysitter Murders.
Check back for interviews with the cast and writer/director of The Mortuary Collection on Dread Central coming soon!
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