PLOT: On the verge of retirement, a mortician regales a prospective employee with a number of horrifying tales he’s heard during his career.
What a fun time. The Mortuary Collection feels like Tales From the Crypt or Creepshow and boasts a wonderful scene-chewing performance from Clancy Brown. If Shudder wanted to turn this into an hour-long series, I would be all for it.
Clancy Brown plays Montgomery Dark (fantastic name), an aging mortician on the precipice of retirement. Enter Sam, a young woman with a bizarrely plucky demeanor regarding the prospect of working such a job. She asks Montgomery to tell her the strangest stories he’s heard since working as a mortician, which is the set up for our anthology here. We get a story of a womanizing frat boy getting his comeuppance, a married man at the end of his rope, and more.
There’s not necessarily new ground here, but there’s a spirit that The Mortuary Collection has about it that just makes it a fun experience. Shudder’s Creepshow series started strong, but had diminishing returns; this one hits the same note, but never overstays its welcome. If you’re looking for something a little tongue-in-cheek, check this one out.
Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10