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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film + Trish Van Devere
This is a great horror film filmed on America's west coast, San Francisco + north. Trish Van Devere as always is superb, giving yet another vital role. She has a wonderful three dimensional quality all of her own

Very atmospheric!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag ultimately bogged down by weak last half hour.
The Hearse (1980)

Mixed bag ultimately bogged down by weak last half hour.

The Hearse is directed by George Bowers and written by William Bleich. It stars Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotton, David Gautreaux and Donald Hotton. Plot finds Devere as Jane Hardy, who after being left an old house in her aunt's will, finds that not only could the house be...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag ultimately bogged down by weak last half hour., 18 Oct 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Hearse (1980)

Mixed bag ultimately bogged down by weak last half hour.

The Hearse is directed by George Bowers and written by William Bleich. It stars Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotton, David Gautreaux and Donald Hotton. Plot finds Devere as Jane Hardy, who after being left an old house in her aunt's will, finds that not only could the house be haunted, but also that the whole town seems to be against her being there?

It's all very formulaic, but for the first hour it's effectively done if somewhat lacking in the chills department. It's standard fare as things go bump in the night, lights suddenly go off and poor Jane appears to be being menaced by a Hearse. Devere (Mrs George C. Scott) makes for a plucky heroine and she's likable enough as an actress to have us on her side. But once the hour point kicks in the problems really start to mount up, you can't quite believe that Jane still stays at this house, things go bad but the next day she's all jolly and waiting for the next date with Gautreaux's (more wooden than a coffin) creepy Tom Sullivan. The plot holes come tumbling out and things happen but serve no purpose, scenes drop into the narrative only to leave loose ends that are never tied up and the finale just induces a shrug instead of a shriek.

For a TV movie it's not half bad, Devere's efforts deserve a pat on the back at least, and you sense in the writing there was an initial intention to make it a different sort of haunted house creeper. While the fact it had to compete with far better (and better budgeted) spooky house horror movies at the same time obviously shows up its flaws even more. But come the end it has lost sight of some good ideas, got confused and merely resorted to type. Which when the intended scares really aren't that scary in the first place, leaves your film naked as the day it was born. Rubbish title as well. 4/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film + Trish Van Devere, 25 Mar 2013
This is a great horror film filmed on America's west coast, San Francisco + north. Trish Van Devere as always is superb, giving yet another vital role. She has a wonderful three dimensional quality all of her own

Very atmospheric!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag ultimately bogged down by weak last half hour., 18 Oct 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Hearse is directed by George Bowers and written by William Bleich. It stars Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotton, David Gautreaux and Donald Hotton. Plot finds Devere as Jane Hardy, who after being left an old house in her aunt's will, finds that not only could the house be haunted, but also that the whole town seems to be against her being there?

It's all very formulaic, but for the first hour it's effectively done if somewhat lacking in the chills department. It's standard fare as things go bump in the night, lights suddenly go off and poor Jane appears to be being menaced by a Hearse. Devere (Mrs George C. Scott) makes for a plucky heroine and she's likable enough as an actress to have us on her side. But once the hour point kicks in the problems really start to mount up, you can't quite believe that Jane still stays at this house, things go bad but the next day she's all jolly and waiting for the next date with Gautreaux's (more wooden than a coffin) creepy Tom Sullivan. The plot holes come tumbling out and things happen but serve no purpose, scenes drop into the narrative only to leave loose ends that are never tied up and the finale just induces a shrug instead of a shriek.

For a TV movie it's not half bad, Devere's efforts deserve a pat on the back at least, and you sense in the writing there was an initial intention to make it a different sort of haunted house creeper. While the fact it had to compete with far better (and better budgeted) spooky house horror movies at the same time obviously shows up its flaws even more. But come the end it has lost sight of some good ideas, got confused and merely resorted to type. Which when the intended scares really aren't that scary in the first place, leaves your film naked as the day it was born. Rubbish title as well. 4/10
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