Ahh The Hearse a long forgotten and sadly passed over classic from the video store days. It had an eye catching cover and came out during the horror video rental boom but as always passed over for other car themed horror films. Films like Christine, Maximum Overdrive, and even The Car were always picked first, and that's a shame because The Hearse is much more than the average Car Horror Film. In fact it's not really a car film after all.
Its the story of Jane, a woman who has just divorced her husband. Lucky for her she doesn't have to find a new place to live because she just inherited her Aunts home in the town of Blackford. There is just one problem the townsfolk hate her because her aunt was a well known devil worshipper.
Sadly that's not all. When her Aunt died the Hearse that was carrying her body crashed, and the body was never found. Neither for that matter was the driver of the hearse. So now the Aunt haunts the house, while the hearse haunts the towns roads. So you technically get two haunted films in one.
The haunting of the house is the normal manner of doors slamming, things crashing ect ect. The road hauntings feature the menacing Hearse terrorizing Jane when she tries to leave the town.
Although a PG film that was made in 1980 The Hearse still holds up as a fun film to watch late at night. Its still very atmospheric and the pulsing score helps to add to the tension. A well acted, and well crafter film that tries to do something different, The Hearse is not a film you should over look. And now you don't have to. Now available from our friends at Vinegar Syndrom in a newly restored Blu-ray, The Hearse is a film you should check out. It even got special features,
Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• “Satan Get Behind Thee” – video interview with lead actor, David Gautreaux
• Original theatrical trailer
• TV spot
• Promotional still gallery
• Reversible cover artwork by Chris Garofalo
• English SDH Subtitles
Definitely worth a pick up, and definitely worth a watch.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!