Ryan Spindell // USA // 2019 // Horror / Comedy // 115 min // Trapdoor Pictures
Cast: Barak Hardley, Jacob Elordi, Mike C. Nelson, Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer
Language: English // Subtitles: None
A remote funeral parlor stores more than only the recently deceased in Ryan Spindell’s accomplished debut feature, The Mortuary Collection. Each dead body carries its own story in tow and the mortician – looking to retire – is eager to share some of his strangest tales as he gives a job-seeking young visitor a guided tour of the morgue, the embalming room and the basement incinerator.
For anyone wondering if a genre omnibus with no fillers and fumbles but only choice cuts exists, look no further: The Mortuary Collection is the anthology format done right with a thematic throughline of karmic comeuppance. A sensational and appropriately morbid comedy with some EC horror comics DNA coursing through its veins, Spindell’s feature length debut is the most consistent and structurally sound horror anthology since at least Michael Dougherty’s Trick r Treat (2009).
With a killer original score by Dave Made a Maze composers the Mondo Boyz, an infectious sense of grim glee and shrewdly staged misdirections, The Mortuary Collection is a perfect way to bookend 25 years of fantastic cinema by underscoring it’s always best to expect the unexpected.
Text: Tom Kiesecoms