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Plot: Jane Hardy decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce. Little does she know, her aunt practiced witchcraft and is still thought of very badly by the town's citizens. As soon as she moves in, she is haunted by a old black hearse and… Runtime: 99 min Release Date: 20 Jun 1980
When Jane Hardy's late aunt leaves her a house in the country, she decides to spend the summer there to get over a nasty divorce and near-breakdown. There she begins putting the pieces back together with the help of a new romantic interest named Tom. But the town people are curiously less-than-friendly to her. Jane soon finds a reason why in her aunt's diary--the mysterious man her aunt fell in love with, who drew her aunt into darkness. Then strange things start happening--and the hearse begins showing up in the middle of the night.This movie is wonderfully creepy without being camp, <more>
and has some scenes that are particularly unexpected and unnerving. More suspense horror than gore, it's guaranteed to keep you awake at night. The love story between Jane and Tom will keep sentimental people glued, and the terror gets all the rest. The piano-oriented title music is haunting, and suits the seriousness of the film well. This movie clearly had a low budget, yet it still ranks as a first-class movie. All in all, something worth watching and worth owning.
The Hearse is an almost-perfect specimen of B-movie horror writing. The writer, Bill Bleich, clearly possesses genius for the genre. The characters are superbly drawn, and the notion of history repeating itself is perfectly blended into the story. Definitely check out this smart, well-constructed supernatural thriller!
If Hollywood is looking for a movie to remake, remake The Hearse! (by catfish-er)
I watched The Hearse as part of BCI Eclipse' Drive-in Cult Classics featuring Crown International Pictures releases on DVD. I think it is an awesome film.First, I have to admit that I love all low budget, horror films. However, this one breaks the mold in many respects:First, the cinematography is superb. The opening sequence of San Francisco took me right back to my first visit to the city in 1986. I am happy to say I have been back several times since; but I have never captured the magic of that first visit until seeing these scenes on DVD.In addition, most of the scenes are very <more>
dark; and, it is difficult to pull that off with the kinds of filters typically used in horror films. The cinematographer did an outstanding job making the film look good this way.Trish Van Devere superbly plays Jane, the lead character. As if it's not difficult enough keeping up the energy, suspense, romance, solitude, and everything else going on in the movie, she is literally in every single scene. She is a very strong character; and, she is played exceptionally well. I thought the musical score was perfect for the time and technology available to the 1980s. Other Crown International Films featured very aggressive jazz styling that took away from the tempo of the film. This one, although reminiscent in parts of Exorcist and Jaws, fit the bill just fine. The narrative suspense is unrelenting, right up to the end! The director did a great job of tying together the back-stories of the aunt and her lover, the connection to the hearse and driver, the animosity of the town folk toward the main character; and, even the backstabbing Realtor, who wanted the house for himself.For all the reasons that I loved The Ring I know many did not , I love The Hearse.
If you what to see a really scary movie. See this movie. It is better then A Nightmare on elm street. It is better then Friday the 13th V a new beginning. It is better Halloween resurrection
A lot of b-movie fun. (by roddmatsui)
Jane Hardy Trish Van Devere decides to vacation at her late aunt's country home after suffering a breakdown. She unearths and starts reading her aunt's diary, discovering that her aunt was into satanism! A handsome, mysterious stranger appears, and soon, her life begins to parallel what she's reading in the diary. Oh--and someone driving a hearse appears to be stalking her. Should she call her shrink in the city...or face the fact that events in her life have taken a supernatural turn? That's THE HEARSE--if you analyze it, it doesn't deliver big on story. It's more <more>
about the set-up than the payoff. It gives you just enough of a situation to make you nervous, and then, straight into the scares. Then it wraps up in a vague manner that doesn't answer your questions, but if you're on the film's wavelength, this really doesn't matter.This was one of several movies I saw as a kid in the early 80's, and this particular one I came back to see a second time, dragging a friend along to share the popcorn fun. Seeing this in a theatre was amazing--imagine yourself going to see a PG-rated film in the early 80's, and watching the audience around you literally jumping out of their seats with fright, over and over again. This film actually generated one of the strongest audience reactions I've been witness to. The film established a very unnerving vibe, and made the audience worried about the vague "evil forces" that were lurking out there in the darkness. And when the creepy hearse driver finally showed up and started doing his menacing thing, the audience was primed up and ready to scream. And scream they did. There is also the strong feeling that the sleepy, secluded town the story takes place in is REALLY far away from everywhere else in the world, and that these strange supernatural-ish events could really happen here without too many people even noticing. This is fun on home video, but if you ever have a chance to see it at a revival theatre not likely but you never know! , go check it out. Maybe the days of really good popcorn budgeters are gone but this was very effective in its day. Nice musical score, too. Trish Van Devere and the whole rest of the cast are excellent. I thought Perry Lang was especially good as the local boy who takes a shine to Jane and experiences some misfortune because of it. An inexpensive, non-gory horror movie that does its job. It was worth the $2.50 and popcorn money.
the Hearse came out in the middle of 1980 at a time when R-rated horror features were pulling in most of the box office money. the Hearse is rated PG and was one of the few films I was able to see without adult supervision. Looking through old newspaper ads from 1980, I noticed this film was often paired up on a double bill with DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE throughout 1980 and again in 1981 at a local second-run cinema! Talk about mis-matched couples! I first actually saw the film when it premiered on Showtime in 1982...and I watched every broadcast after that. The new DVD is quite a surprise <more>
as it's widescreen and it's enhanced for widescreen TVs! I tend to watch the beginning of the film often because there is a shot of a famous row of houses I live across the park from one of those homes was used as Brooke Adams' home in 1978's Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and countless other films and TV shows . Also, I walk by the house where Trish Van Devere is carrying her luggage down the steps to her car just about everyday. The rest of the film is a rather classy ghost story which is intriguing and non-exploitive. There's no gruesome violence that, say, DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE had and it's refreshing. I think anyone over the age of 10 can appreciate this film and it's somewhat suitable for the whole family. Trish Van Devere is a strong lead and very appealing in her role. She carries the movie just fine and in a distinguished female lead. Joseph Cotton plays an obnoxious nemesis and pretty much sets the stage as to how the rest of the small town reacts to her being there. They are far less than hospitable and it's not until further on in the film she finds out why. It's at this time a mysterious, menacing hearse appears to be showing up at her country retreat on a nightly basis or following her on one of her quiet drives. Recovering from a previous breakdown after a messy divorce , and soon feeling as though she may have a relapse when the nightly hauntings start to wear down her nerves, she finally gets a little braver and starts investigating the ghostly goings on. In the meantime, she finds herself attracted to a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot more about the history of the town and her house than the townsfolk are willing to share. There's more, but I'll stop there - view the film at least RENT IT! and see for yourself. It's a decent film and may be just the ticket if the usual horror trends in violence or overdone special effects have worn your nerves down. Even in 1980, a good ghost story was hard to find - by that, the Hearse is still a refreshing feature.
This is a great spooky Horror film, that's vastly underrated!. It's a very creepy, and engrossing haunted house story, however the ending just doesn't cut it. i liked all of the characters, especially Trish Van Devere's!. It's a little cheap at times, but there were quite a few moments that made me jump, and i was really getting into it, unfortunately, the ending sucked!. The finale is excellent and very creepy,and although it's somewhat predictable it has enough tension and scares to keep you satisfied. There is no gore.I got this off an 8 movie 2 disc horror set The <more>
Direction is good for the most part. George Bowers does a very good job here creating lots of creepy atmosphere, good lighting, with some great zoom in's , and keeping the film at an engaging pace!, solid job. The Acting is very good. Trish Van Devere, is excellent as the main lead, she is beautiful, had good chemistry with David Gautreaux,and was very likable, and was a perfect choice to play this part!. Joseph Cottenis good as the old drunk, and brought some class to this. David Gautreaux, is creepy here, and did well, he had good chemistry with Trish Van Devere, and was likable. Donald Hotton, is okay as the priest, was unconvincing at times, but he was okay, and got the job done. Christopher McDonald, is okay in his short role. Perry Lang, is good as Paul i liked him. Overall highly recommended! ***1/2 out of 5