Mortuary (film)

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Mortuary is a 2005
2005 in film
- Highest-grossing films :Please note that following the tradition of the English-language film industry, these are the top-grossing films that were first released in the United States in 2005...

 horror
Horror film
Horror films seek to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus frequently overlapping with the fantasy and science fiction genres...

-thriller film directed by Tobe Hooper
Tobe Hooper
Tobe Hooper is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for his work in the horror film genre. His works include the cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , along with its first sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ; the three-time Emmy-nominated Stephen King film adaptation...

. It stars Dan Byrd
Dan Byrd
Daniel "Dan" Byrd is an American actor. His most prominent roles include the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, the CW original comedy series Aliens in America, A Cinderella Story alongside Hillary Duff, ABC's Cougar Town, and the 2010 movie Easy A.-Life and career:Byrd was born in Marietta,...

, Alexandra Adi
Alexandra Adi
Alexandra Adi is an American actress. Born in Florida and raised in Upstate New York, Adi resides in Los Angeles with her husband, former Sapient executive Jerry Greenberg. Adi has appeared in both independent and mainstream films, including American Pie, Jawbreaker, and Slap Her... She's French...

, and Denise Crosby
Denise Crosby
Denise Michelle Crosby is an American actress best known for portraying Security Chief Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation...

.

Plot


After the loss of their father, the Doyle family, Leslie, Jonathan, and Jamie, move to the Fowler Mortuary in hope of starting a new life. The three find the mortuary to be in a bad condition. Jonathan goes to the local diner where he meets Cal and his two girlfriends, Tina and Sara. Cal tells Johnathan about the legend of Bobby Fowler, an abused and deformed boy who lived in the mortuary. Jonathan also meets Liz, the love interest Grady, Liz's best friend who is gay and Rita, Liz's aunt who employed her to work at the diner. Jonathan, Liz and Grady become friends quickly. That night, Cal, Sara, and Tina go to the graveyard outside the mortuary and vandalize it, they go into one of the crypts, where they are attacked by Bobby Fowler.

The next day, Jonathan, Liz, and Grady go back to Johnathan's house, where Grady gives them some drugs. Shortly afterwards, Sheriff Howell shows up to welcome Leslie to the town. He also informs her on his attempt to stop "graveyard babies". He also is looking for Cal, Sara, and Tina. Sheriff Howell then goes and investigates the crypts, where he is infected by Bobby Fowler. The next day at the diner, Johnathan and Liz are working, when Cal and Sara arrive messy. Cal has a rage attack and Sara begins vomiting black ooze. Rita comes in to calm her down, but is infected in the process. At the mortuary, Leslie is doing her first embalming. While doing so, she screws up making a mess of the embalming fluids. While going to clean it up, one of the bodies gets up and infects Leslie. Jonathan, Jamie, Liz, and Grady return to Jonathan's house for dinner, where Leslie, now infected with the mysterious ooze, has prepared a sort of ooze soup. The four also notice a black fungus growing on the wall. Liz pours salt in her soup which makes it bubble and sends Leslie into a rage in which she attacks Jonathan and Jamie. Liz and Grady quickly escape.

Shortly afterwards, Jonathan fights off his mother and saves Jamie. The four escape outside but are forced to retreat into a crypt, because they are chased there by an infected man. The four make the shocking discovery that Bobby lives in the crypt and dug tunnels under the cemetery. They find Tina, who is still alive, but are attacked by the mother and the 5 find a ladder, which leads back into the house. The five barricade themselves in the house. They question Tina and eventually cut her hand to see if her blood has turned into the black ooze, a sign of the infection. Soon, Sheriff Howell begins barraging the house with shotgun fire. Tina goes into the kitchen to clean the wound but finds the water has become infested with the ooze and she is infected. Grady accidentally pours salt on her, burning her. The group now knows the infected weakness, But there victory is short lived after they go to check on Jamie, who they left in her room to keep her safe, has been captured. They decide to go into the tunnels again, as a rescue mission.

Shortly after entering the tunnels they begin seeing and hearing things, after moving around a bit, a hand suddenly punches through Grady's chest, giving him enough time to say quietly, "run" before dying. They soon find the source, a well filled with black ooze. Shortly thereafter, Jamie is found, but captured by Bobby Fowler and taken back to the lair, were they confront him by throwing salt in the well, In this time, Cal is killed by getting his head blown off by the Sheriff, and the other infected are burned with salt ; Bobby is sucked in and the three escape the house. The three, happy to escape but still grieving the deaths of Leslie and Grady, are about to leave the house, but Jonathan is pulled underground, and Leslie, alive again, pulls Jamie into the house, and Liz's fate is left untold.

Cast

  • Dan Byrd
    Dan Byrd
    Daniel "Dan" Byrd is an American actor. His most prominent roles include the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, the CW original comedy series Aliens in America, A Cinderella Story alongside Hillary Duff, ABC's Cougar Town, and the 2010 movie Easy A.-Life and career:Byrd was born in Marietta,...

     as Jonathan Doyle
  • Denise Crosby
    Denise Crosby
    Denise Michelle Crosby is an American actress best known for portraying Security Chief Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation...

     as Leslie Doyle
  • Alexandra Adi
    Alexandra Adi
    Alexandra Adi is an American actress. Born in Florida and raised in Upstate New York, Adi resides in Los Angeles with her husband, former Sapient executive Jerry Greenberg. Adi has appeared in both independent and mainstream films, including American Pie, Jawbreaker, and Slap Her... She's French...

     as Liz
  • Rocky Marquette
    Rocky Marquette
    - Biography :Early LifeRocky Marquette was born in Muskegon, Michigan. He studied at Reeths Puffer High School and then attended college at Grand Valley State University on a Shakespeare scholarship.Film Career...

     as Grady
  • Courtney Peldon
    Courtney Peldon
    Courtney Peldon is an American television and film actress.-Personal life:Peldon was born in New York City, New York. Her younger sister Ashley Peldon is also an actress...

     as Tina
  • Bug Hall
    Bug Hall
    Brandon "Bug" Hall is an American actor, acting teacher and musician.-Biography:Brandon Hall, nicknamed "Bug" by his family, was born in Fort Worth, Texas on February 4, 1985. He is the second oldest in his family...

     as Cal
  • Tarah Paige
    Tarah Paige
    Tarah Paige is an American gymnast, dancer and actress. She has played minor and supporting roles in various television shows and movies, including Malcolm in the Middle, A Cinderella Story, Stick It, Bring It On: All or Nothing, and The Summoning...

     as Sara
  • Greg Travis
    Greg Travis
    Greg Travis is an American actor who has appeared in over 40 feature films and internationally recognised stand-up comedian. Based in the U.S. he created the comedy character David Sleaze, The Punk Magician, in which he puts on a punk rock-style wig and does a variety of bad magic tricks using...

     as Eliot Cook
  • Christy Johnson as Dottie

Cultural references


A quote carved on the door of a vault reads, "That which is dead...Cannot eternal lie...With strange eons...Even death may die." This is taken from H. P. Lovecraft
H. P. Lovecraft
Howard Phillips Lovecraft --often credited as H.P. Lovecraft — was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction....

's short story "The Call of Cthulhu
The Call of Cthulhu
The Call of Cthulhu is a short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, in February 1928.-Inspiration:...

".