Cries in the Night

Cries in the Night

Lesley Donaldson
Director: William Fruet Cast: Lesley Donaldson
Lesley Donaldson
, Kay Hawtry
Kay Hawtry
, Barry Morse
Barry Morse
William Fruet




A low-key, atmospheric Canadian production, Funeral Home (aka Cries in the Night) makes effective use of the title setting, which has been converted into a bed & breakfast by Maude Chalmers (Kay Hawtrey) after the demise of her less-than-popular husband -- known throughout the town as "Chalmers the Embalmer." Maude's pretty granddaughter Heather (Lesleh Donaldson) arrives for a summer visit, and soon begins to hear weird, guttural moans and sobs from the padlocked cellar; before long, assorted obnoxious guests at the inn find their welcome revoked -- violently. Despite a nerdy deputy's obvious crush on her, Heather is unable to convince him that evil forces are lurking beneath the Chalmers house, and she decides to investigate on her own (instead of just hitting the road like any sane individual). What she finds there will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention, since this quaint little inn is clearly modeled after a certain well-known Hitchcockian motel... Despite this obvious twist, this is not a bad little suspenser, with effective camerawork and good performances, especially from Hawtrey and Donaldson (who resembles a buxom Ally Sheedy).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2012
UPC: 0760137532392
Original Release: 1981
Source: Cfs
Region Code: 0
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lesley Donaldson Heather
Kay Hawtry Maude Chambers
Barry Morse Mr. Davis
Dean Garbett Rick Yates
Stephen E. Miller Billy Hibbs
Harvey Atkin Harry Browning
Alf Humphreys Joe Yates
Doris Petrie Ruby
Les Rubie Sam

Technical Credits
William Fruet Director,Producer
Barry Allen Executive Producer
Dave Appleby Sound Editor
Gary Bourgeois Sound Editor
Ralph Brunjes Editor
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Joe Grimaldi Sound Editor
Austin Grimaldi Sound Editor
Ian Hendry Sound Editor
Andy Herman Sound Editor
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Shonagh Jabour Makeup
Susan Longmire Production Designer
Ida Nelson Screenwriter
Dennis Pike Special Effects
Roy Forge Smith Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Funeral Home
2. Chapter 2 [23:37]
3. Chapter 3 [35:28]
4. Chapter 4 [25:07]
5. Chapter 5 [8:04]

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