Spindell's The Mortuary Collection Is A Return To Classic Anthologies

This week Jason chats with Ryan Spindell, writer and director of the horror anthology The Mortuary Collection, for which Clancy Brown just won a Chainsaw Award from Fangoria. The Mortuary Collection, which premiered on the horror streaming service Shudder, is releases this month VOD, VOD, Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-ray.

Spindell tells Jason that the origins of this anthology lay in a 2015 short subject called The Baby Sitter Murders that the director was able to turn into an entire segment of the film. Remarkably, the earlier segment looks so similar to the rest of the film, and appears to share enough common items and cast members, that the viewer doesn't notice any differences. Spindell also talks about how he considered making the anthology in the more recent fashion of cutting the stories up and interweaving them into one another but that he wanted to emulate traditional anthologies like those released in the 1960s and 1970s by studios like Amicus.

Spindell's The Mortuary Collection Is A Return To Classic Anthologies
Castle Talk logo and Mortuary Collection poster used with permission.

The director also talks about working with Clancy Brown who plays the central narrator of the film, a sort of amalgamation of Tales from the Crypt's Crypt Keeper and Phantasm's Tall Man. For his trouble, this week Clancy Brown was awarded a "Best Supporting Performance" Chainsaw award from Fangoria.

Say the producers about the disc release:

Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray include:

  • Director's Commentary

  • 14 Extensive Behind-the-Scenes Segments

    • Featuring the Cinematography, Costumes, Art Department, Locations, Props, Hair & Make-Up, Special Effects, Sound, Stunts, and Visual Effects of THE MORTUARY COLLECTION
  • In-Depth Conversations with Director and Writer Ryan Spindell, the Actors, and Crew of THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

  • Deleted Scenes

  • …and more!

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Jason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the "Castle of Horror Anthology" series. He is the author of The Serpent's Nest: Young Captain Nemo from Macmillan Children's Books. His new horror series "Surf Mystic," under the pseudonym Peyton Douglas, debuted with the novel Night of the Book Man in 2020.

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About Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson, author of the Young Captain Nemo (Macmillan Children's) and Alex Van Helsing (HarperTeen) series, earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of best-selling writers and artists from all genres. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.
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