Movie Review: The Mortuary Collection (2019)

Released for streaming in 2020, The Mortuary Collection is a 2019 horror anthology film directed by Ryan Spindell. Set in the 1980s, the sole inhabitant and worker at the Raven’s End Mortuary, Montgomery Dark (Clancy Brown) soon finds a young, unnamed woman (Caitlin Fisher) looking for work inside his funeral parlour. Not content with a boring new job, the girl asks Montgomery to tell her stories of death in the town of Raven’s End, and both how and why those people died.

+ this should not come as a surprise to anyone, but Clancy Brown is fantastic. His distinctive voice suits the character of a creepy mortician perfectly, and he plays the role with subdued glee; you get a feeling that both Brown and his character enjoy this line of work
+ Fisher, too, plays her role well as the job hunting woman. Her sarcastic tone and belittling of Montgomery’s stories never makes her an antagonist, but the two play off each other really well
+ believe it or not, all four segments of the anthology are good if not great. The first is relatively short and simple, as stated in the wraparound “frame” story, but the following three feature themes of love, sex, death, lies, betrayal and various little twists therein

> keep an eye out for one character who recurs throughout every segment, but beware this is never explained or even touched on. I would like to know more (yes, that was a Clancy Brown related joke)

Should you see this film: To keep this short and sweet as is my goal here, this was great. Anthologies are too often hit and miss, but there was no bad segment in this one, and the wraparound frame made it that much better – you can never go wrong with Clancy Brown.


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