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  Undertaker and his Pals, The Putting The Fun Into FuneralBuy this film here.
Year: 1966
Director: T.L.P. Swicegood
Stars: Ray Dannis, Warrene Ott, Rad Fulton, Marty Friedman, Sally Frei, Rick Cooper, Robert Lowery
Genre: Horror, Trash
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: A trio of bikers are riding around and murdering people, and a detective finds himself involved when his secretary/girlfriend is one of their victims. But what connection is there to the local undertaker and the grimy diner nearby?

This is a cheap and morbidly cheerful shocker, kind of like Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Feast but with more intentional humour. As you might expect, the acting is only one step above amateurish, but Ray Dannis is pretty good as the snide Undertaker, and he would have benefited from a stronger role, as he's the star of the show.

Gory murders, like a cleaver through the head, impalement on railings and a slashing with a heavy chain, alternate with anything-for-a-cheap-laugh comic sequences, including a pie in the face, a misplaced skateboard and a chase up a few flights of stairs. Some of the gags verge on the surreal, such as the horrified photographs or the "no extras" funeral.

The detective himself is pretty hopeless and doesn't seem particularly bothered when people start dying around him (and why does he go back to the diner if he doesn't like the food?). It's just over an hour long and has a certain trashy verve, so the film doesn't outstay its welcome. I like the clips of the cast at the end, showing that they're alright, really. Very reassuring. Also with: a novelty theme song.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

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