The hearse is a 1980 American supernatural horror film directed by George Bowers (editor of From hell) from a screenplay by Bill Bleich (Poltergeist: Legacy; From the bottom of the night; midnight hour), based on the idea of Mark Tenser.
The film stars Trish Van Devere (The changing) and Joseph Cotten (Illusion; Baron Blood; Lady Frankenstein).
Leaving San Francisco, Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) arrives in the town of Blackford to stay in an old house left to her by a late aunt. Over time, Jane learns secrets that her aunt kept from her in life, but it was well known to the townspeople.
In life, Jane’s aunt had been a devil worshipper, and upon her death the hearse carrying her body crashed, but no sign of the driver or coffin was ever found. Since then, the house Jane inherited has been haunted by evil spirits and the rural road in Blackford has been haunted by the crashed hearse.
As these stories come to light, Jane attempts to leave Blackford to avoid being drawn to her aunt’s spirit, but finds herself pursued by the ghostly hearse and held prisoner inside Blackford by spirits.
“The hearse qualifies as this summer’s horror movie yard sale. It contains all the best shots of the most successful recent horror films (especially [The] Amityville [Horror] and even The changingwhich came out last April and featured Van Devere, her husband George C. Scott and, of course, the mandatory automatic doors and automatic musical instruments). RogerEbert.com
“The hearse was directed by George Bowers and shot in a highly stylized fashion or without the aid of a light meter – many exterior scenes in the film feature bright blue skies and actors with dark, gloomy faces. When it comes to horror, Mr. Bowers makes his film moderately scary and quite unpleasant too. The New York Times
“The hearse has a bad reputation for being confusing, unsatisfying and boring. Not true at all. It’s just a clash that builds slowly and steadily with an ending that lets you decide what you just watched. Nothing on screen can ever match the horrors the human mind can conjure up with a little suggestion. Deep Red Rum
“The haunted house schtick is the film’s main focus (the hearse is just a roadside annoyance) as it attempts to create an unsettling atmosphere via an eerie piano-laden musical score, angles point of view, many scenes that involve investigating weird noises and lots of cheap jumping. House of Self-Indulgence
“The nightmarish sequence is really effective and the movie itself has some scary visuals, but then again, there’s no way the sight of a hearse pulling up in front of a house in the middle of the night couldn’t Trish Van Devere plays the role of Jane well, although it’s a little strange that all the teenagers in town keep talking about how she looks sexy and sexy despite looking like a hot girl. to be about 50 years old in this movie. HorrorCritic.com
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“It’s not the most cohesive plot, in fact it doesn’t really make sense but it’s solidly sinister and ghostly-licious. I was interested the whole time and eager to see what was to come. moving on next despite how silly some aspects are (she has a pentagram medallion and has no fucking idea what it is, she just thinks it’s pretty). The Church of the Splash Day Saints
In the United States, the film was theatrically distributed by Crown International Pictures.
On May 30, 2017, The hearse was released as a Blu-ray + DVD combo by Vinegar Syndrome. Special features are:
Newly scanned and restored in 2k from original 35mm negative
“Satan Get Behind Thee” – video interview with lead actor, David Gautreaux
Original theatrical trailer
Gallery of promotional stills
Reversible cover illustration
SDH English subtitles
Cast and characters:
Trish Van Devere … Jane Hardy
Joseph Cotten … Walter Prichard
David Gautreaux … Tom Sullivan
Donald Hotton … Reverend Winston
Med Flory … Sheriff Denton
Donald Petrie … Luke
Christopher McDonald … Pete
Perry Lang … Paul Gordon
Fred Franklyn … Mr. Gordon
Olive Dunbar … Mrs. Gordon
Al Hansen … Bo Rehnquist
Dominic Barto … The Driver
Nicholas Shields … Dr. Greenwalt
Chuck Mitchell … Counterman
Allison Balson … Alice
Jim Gatherum… Boy #1
Tanya Bowers … Schoolgirl
Crown International Pictures
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