Thriller - This is a horror movie aimed at a young adult audience. The big name
in the cast, Dennis Quaid, has a supporting role to the younger leads
but fans may enjoy his evil turn. Language and violence make the film
inappropriate for kids.
NY PostFull Review Poor Even Dennis Quaid's uncharacteristic hamming as a mad mortician in a small Texas town can't save this silly, scare-free horror film briefly haunting theaters en route to entombment on home video.
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Ely Vaughn (Dennis Quaid) is a pillar of the community in tiny Smithville,
Texas. The town's mortician, Ely has been revered since his days as the high
school's star quarterback. But since the tragic death of his wife two years
earlier, Ely has withdrawn from his neighbors, while local teens spread stories
of supernatural goings on at Ely's mansion - which is also the funeral home. When
high school friends Travis (Tony Oller), Abby (Aimee Teegarden), Brian (Steven
Lunsford) and Danny (Devon Werkheiser) decide to check out the rumors, they are
shocked to see the supposedly grieving widower dancing with a mysterious woman
behind the curtains of his bedroom window.
Their curiosity aroused, the four teens wait for Ely to leave the house
before breaking in to investigate. But instead of finding clues to the woman's
identity, they stumble on a grotesque, long-hidden secret. Before they can flee
the scene, Ely returns and surprises them in the act. Travis watches in horror
as the supposedly upstanding citizen brutally murders Danny and later convinces
the police it was an accident.
Unwilling to let his friend's murderer go unpunished, Travis enlists Abby's
help in another reconnaissance mission to the Vaughn home, but he has
underestimated the depth of Ely's need to hold onto his secrets. When they
trigger a trap he has set for them, Travis is wounded fleeing the scene and Abby
disappears. Unable to convince the authorities that Abby is in mortal danger,
Travis finds himself locked in a desperate battle of wits with a wily psychotic
killer who has little left to lose.