A Passion For Horror
The Hearse (1980)
Directed by George Bowers
The Hearse is an 80s horror movie about a woman who is haunted by a creepy-looking hearse and its sinister driver.
Trish Van Devere stars as Jane Hardy, a recently divorced woman who is also struggling to comes to terms with death of her mother. Times have been hard for the school teacher, so there is little wonder that she has had a few mental problems. It is also probably not surprising that she feels like getting away from things for a while and decides to take a vacation at her aunt's house.
Jane's aunt died
over thirty years ago and since then the house has stood empty. The
house is situated in the small back-water town of Blackford and,
even after driving all day, it is dark before she arrives. As she
is approaching the town though, Jane has an encounter with a creepy,
old hearse that nearly runs her off the road.
I enjoyed watching The Hearse and
jumped in my seat more
than once. There is no blood or gore, nor is there a lot in the way of
special effects, but it still manages to be quite a scary movie, if a
little predictable in places. My main problem with the movie is the way
it ends and I felt really let down (Oh! is that it?).
It almost looks as if the producers
ran out of ideas or just had no idea where they were
meant to be going with the story in the first place. Even though the
ending is so poor, The Hearse is still a movie I would happily
watch again because the good outweighs the bad and it is so creepy it
is hard not to love it.
Joseph Cotten ... Walter Pritchard
David Gautreaux ... Tom Sullivan
Donald Hotton ... Reverend Winston
Med Flory ... Sheriff Denton
Donald Petrie ... Luke
Christopher McDonald ... Pete
Perry Lang ... Paul Gordon
Fred Franklyn ... Mr. Gordon
Olive Dunbar ... Mrs. Gordon
Al Hansen ... Bo Rehnquist
Dominic Barto ... The Driver
Nicholas Shields ... Dr. Greenwalt
Chuck Mitchell ... Counterman
Allison Balson ... Alice
Jim Gatherum ... Boy #1
Victoria Eubank ... Lois
Tanya Bowers ... Schoolgirl