Ok. After this, I will be caught up on movies. I still don’t know how it happened, or why the movies that did make it on my list and the one’s that didn’t were so scattered about. I would say I was distracted, which is easy to do sometimes, but it still doesn’t explain how I had Malibu High on my list but skipped Malibu Beach and Night Club. Anyways, today’s movie is another one out of the Drive-In collection. I have often wondered what the ratio was for drive-in’s as to whether the movie was a big name feature, or one of the cheapest films around. I’m sure somewhere that information is available but for now, I will be content with watching today’s movie, The Hearse.
The plot: After dealing with the stress from her divorce and the death of her mother, Jane Hardy decides to take a vacation in the town of Blackford, where her late aunt left her a house. As she nears the town, her car is struck by a black hearse, but when Jane gets out to talk to the other driver, the driver briefly turns off his lights before turning them back on and speeding on down the road. As Jane gets settled in to her new house, she notices that several of the townsfolk seem to be unnerved about her staying in her aunt’s old house or seem to want her to leave town. One night, while Jane is reading her aunt’s diary, she sees the hearse idling in her driveway and the next night, she is sideswiped by the hearse once again. As more and more strange things occur, Jane finds out that her aunt had been a devil worshiper, and that the night she died, the hearse carrying her body crashed but the driver of the hearse and her aunt’s coffin had disappeared. Since then, the house has been haunted by the spirit of her aunt, and the hearse has been seen driving along the road where it crashed. Jane manages to start a relationship with a man named Tom, who does his best to convince her to stay in town and not let the townspeople scare her away. One night while Jane is waiting for Tom, Walter Pritchard, in a drunken fit that Jane won’t sell him the house, breaks some of her windows in order to scare her away. As Jane drives off in her car, Walter is run down by the hearse. Jane drives to Tom’s house only to find the house in disrepair, and is horrified to discover not only a picture of her aunt with a man that looks exactly like Tom, but that Tom is actually dead, and had been her aunt’s lover when he died. Jane returns to her house and starts to pack a bag so she can leave when she hears a shower running. When she goes to check, she finds Walter’s body hanging in the shower. Tom suddenly appears and Jane runs from him but when she locks herself in a room to keep Tom away from her, she finds the body of Paul, a high school kid who had been doing repair work on the house for her. Tom attempts to grab Jane, claiming that their love will be eternal, but when the town’s reverend attempts an exorcism, it distracts Tom enough for Jane to get away. Jane drives off in her car, with Tom following in the Hearse. After several collisions between the two vehicles, the hearse winds up crashing into the edge of an embankment and Jane crashes into it, causing the hearse to explode as it falls over the edge.
This was a weird movie. The acting was ok at best, and while Trish Van Devere (Jane) did a good job in her role, no one else really stood out. The plot was incredibly slow and really took way too long before anything really started happening. To be honest, this movie was about an hour of set-up, 20 minutes of development, and maybe 15 minutes of any real substance. The lighting in this film was pretty bad as it looked like some scenes had blue skies but everyone was somehow in a shadow. Unless you need something to put you to sleep, I recommend skipping this movie.
Rating: 1 out of 5