Horror Review: The Mortuary Collection (2021)

An eccentric mortician recounts several macabre and phantasmagorical tales that he’s encountered in his distinguished career.

I love a good anthology film and when this one caught my eye I knew I had to watch it.

I’d actually been looking forward to this for a while, especially when Clancy Brown casting was announced, but more on him later. Now what we all know is that when it comes to anthology films it’s strength lies in it’s segments, the stories that are told to is throughout the feature.

Luckily for us viewers there isn’t a weak segment in this film, sure some are better than others but each one tries to do something different so as a viewer you don’t get repetitive which I appreciated. The wraparound story is also good and helps move things along at a fun pace.

The casting of Clancy Brown (told you I’d get back to him) as ‘Montgomery Dark’, our tale teller, was spot on and he seems to have a lot of fun in the role. In fact his on screen presence actually reminded me of the ‘Tall Man’ in “Phantasm”, a compliment if ever I’ve heard one.

I also want to single out Ryan Spindell, the writer and director of this feature, he does an absolutely amazing job of making the film flow perfectly and not just feel stitched together. Also I want to add that the cinematography is so well done, I couldn’t get over how good it was.

“The Mortuary Collection” is a great addition to the Horror anthology genre, I can see it becoming a firm favourite amongst fans and I also think it will become essential Halloween viewing.

If you want to see “The Mortuary Collection” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Clancy Brown’s makeup took two and half hours to apply and one hour to remove.

The mortuary is actually the Flavel House Museum in Astoria, Oregon.

The doctor’s office in the second segment was filmed in the kitchen of the house from the babysitter segment.

Scenes in and around the mortuary were filmed in Astoria, Oregon, the same location where The Goonies (1985) was filmed.

The pennants hanging in the fraternity house bear the surnames of several members of the cast and crew.

Clancy Brown kept the fake teeth he wore in the film.

Most of the books in the film were leftover from the series The Librarians (2014-2018).

Caitlin Fisher (Sam) was 7 months pregnant while filming some scenes.

The final tale is largely assembled from the director’s short film, The Babysitter Murders (2015).

The basement of the mortuary was actually filmed on a set in the dining room.

Caitlin Fisher (Sam) kept the wristband she wore in the film.

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