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The Undertaker (1988)

R | | Horror | November 1988 (USA)
A deranged undertaker kills various people to keep as his friends in his seedy funeral home.


Frank Avianca (as Franco De Stefanino), Steve Bono (as Franco De Stefanino) | 2 more credits »


William James Kennedy (screenplay by)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Spinell ... Roscoe
Rebecca Varon ... Pam
Patrick Askin ... Nick
Susan Bachli Susan Bachli ... Mandy
Martha Schoeman Martha Schoeman ... Hazel
Charles Kay-Hune Charles Kay-Hune ... Chief
William James Kennedy William James Kennedy ... Inspector Barry (as Will Kennedy)
Francis D. Poeta Francis D. Poeta ... Security Guard (as France Poeta)
Joel Nagle ... Kevin
Max Stone Max Stone ... Sargeant
Linda Ipanema ... Mary Lawrence (as Ginny Franc)
Lisa Vondal Lisa Vondal ... Nancy Bowen
Nita Kling Nita Kling ... Angela
Jan Harrison Jan Harrison ... Cashier
Mette Holt ... Jean


A deranged undertaker kills various people to keep as his friends in his seedy funeral home.

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He'll Love You To Death.




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Release Date:

November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halálkereskedõ See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Various crew members play small roles in the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Code Red DVD is edited. The gory scenes are cut and some scenes are out of order. See more »


References Penitentiary III (1987) See more »


Pam And Mandy
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He'll love you to death!
17 August 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The late, superior character actor Joe Spinell (of "Maniac" fame) had his last leading role in this obscure shocker, before dying at 52 of undetermined causes. Joe gives this bargain basement piece of excrement what little value it has, playing the part of "Uncle Roscoe", a mortician in a small New Jersey town. Dabbling in some necrophilia on the side, Roscoe resorts to murder to drum up business for his shabby funeral home. His nephew Nicky (Patrick Askin) develops suspicions about the old man, and relays them to his college professor, Pam Hayes (Rebeca Yaron).

Although fairly brief at an 83 minute running time, "The Undertaker" can be pretty tedious. It's mildly amusing at best, but considering the fact that it was never really completed, that's at least some sort of accomplishment. Still, as written by William James Kennedy (who also plays a supporting role), it relies on padding a LOT. Public domain titles like Roger Cormans' "The Terror" and especially the Bela Lugosi vehicle "The Corpse Vanishes" are showcased ad nauseum, the latter presumably because it helps to inspire Roscoe. There are also extended sequences of sexy young ladies exercising, and one excruciatingly overlong period of Mandy (Susan Bachli) exploring Roscoes' lair.

Overall, this comes off like somebody's bad home movie, and it's just as crudely edited as one could expect. There's some partial female nudity to keep some audience members in their seats, but the gore is quite mild. The music isn't that great but it still manages to be somewhat catchy. Most of the supporting characters and performances are pretty insipid, with Spinell being the only real professional in this bunch. (One might assume that he did this as a favor to someone). The ending is particularly bad.

Devotees of Spinell will want to see this for completions' sake, but they'd better keep those expectations REALLY low.

Five out of 10. (Spinell increases the rating by a point.)

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