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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘The Mortuary Collection’

August 22, 2020Ben MK

What is life but a story? No one else knows that better than Raven's End Mortuary's resident mortician, Montgomery Dark (Clancy Brown) — and in The Mortuary Collection, he puts his subject matter expertise on display, regaling his prospective new assistant, Sam (Caitlin Fisher), with a series of tales that would curdle the blood of even the most hardcore horror anthology fan.

Beginning with the brief story of a tentacled monster that resides in a bathroom vanity, Montgomery segues into the story of a frat boy (Jacob Elordi) whose quest to bed as many first year female students as possible has him regretting his decision the morning after, followed by the plight of a desperate husband (Barak Hardley) willing to do the unthinkable in order to put both his ailing wife (Sarah Hay) and himself out of their mutual misery. But, of course, the film saves the best for last — a tale involving Sam herself, about a babysitter who battles an escaped mental asylum patient whose cannibalistic ways come back to haunt them.

Of course, like most horror anthology movies, there's a twist at the end that ties things all together — and writer-director Ryan Spindell ensures that it's a crowd-pleasing one indeed. Suffice to say, if you like films like Trick 'r Treat, V/H/S or Tales of Halloween, then The Mortuary Collection is a must-watch.

The Mortuary Collection makes its Quebec premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 50 min.

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