When a young girl attends a funeral in an old mortuary, she stumbles upon a secret room full of curiosities where she meets the towering, ominous mortician. He guides her through his collection, sharing four stories of wild, unique, and memorable deaths. Thus begins the narrative skeleton surrounding this delightful, morbid, and clever anthology.
Each of the four stories brings us into a fully realized, impeccably designed period piece, moving chronologically from the 1950s through the 1980s. A ‘50s housewife struggles with a mysterious presence in her bathroom; a ‘60s college boy gets a taste of his own fraternizing medicine; and a ‘70s husband makes some tough decisions about his wife — all culminating in the ‘80s-set The Babysitter Murders (which Spindell previously won Best Director at Fantastic Fest for). With a vibrant variety of tones and timely themes, The Mortuary Collection is a wild ride that showcases a balance of humor, terror, squirm-inducing moments, and the ability to completely pull the rug out from under the audience.
About the Director
Ryan Spindell is a Los Angeles-based writer, director and artist who believes that if he works really hard and is nice to people, good things will happen to him. But in reality what he needs to do is get a neck tattoo and start yelling at people because that’s the only way anyone can make it in this industry. At least that’s what his friend Darren keeps telling him even though Darren has never made a thing in his life and is almost definitely still a virgin. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys hiking, Jungi Ito manga, and a good tequila. He won a Best Director prize at Fantastic Fest 2015 for his short The Babysitter Murders.
Director: Ryan Spindell
Screenwriter: Ryan Spindell
Cast: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Fisher, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Jennifer Irwin, James Bachman, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hay, Ben Heathcoat, Mike C. Nelson
Producers: Allison Friedman, T. Justin Ross
Directors of Photography: Caleb Heymann, Elie Smolkin
Composers: Mondo Boys
Editor: Eric Ekman, Joseph Shahood
Running Time: 112 mins.
Sales: XYZ Films