Mortuary Academy (1988)
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as Mary Purcell
as Sam Grimm
as Max Grimm
as Abbott Smith
as Bernie Berkowitz
as James Dandridge
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In an attempt to capture the magic from lead actors' Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov's film Eating Raoul, this concocted attempt at humor in the world of the Mortuary business infused with that flavor of 80's slapstick fails miserably. Mortuary Academy is about to brothers who are forced to go through Mortuary school in order to collect their inheritance from their recently deceased uncle. Unfunny schenanigans ensue at the mortuary academy, which is ran by Paul Bartel's character (usual Bartel niche where he is very prim and proper, but a little necrophilia is added into the mix, which leads to some amusing scenes) and the head professor is Mary Woronov (basically playing her usual wild cougar in heat character, which isn't necessarily a bad thing). The film tries real hard to be funny and managed to succeed about every 15 minutes, thus leading to about 5 or really funny parts amidst a film full of ignorant gags. I will say both Paul and Mary (who collaborated quite often on other things including the aforementioned Eating Raoul, as well as Chopping Mall and Death Race 2000) were the best part about this film, which they are prominent throughout thankfully. The side cast, and the "supposed" leads that play the Grim Brothers are pretty dull at times. The black gentleman with the Jheri curl hair is quite unremarkable until the very end of the movie when he tries to pick up a rather large and much older appearing black woman who then slaps him and refers to him as a Titty Freak, to which he replies with "Titty Freak? I ain't no Titty Freak!" It's better to watch this scene than to listen to me, because it redeemed a lot of the film and was remarkably hilarious. OK film to kill time with, but nothing special.
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