With a runtime of just about 60 minutes (!), Undertaker wastes no time getting to the red stuff:
We have Sally Lamb, sitting at home, writing a letter (presumably to sailor boy in the photo on the table)
When she's attacked by three men in leather and motorcycle helmets:
Even sailor boy can't believe it:
Turns out her attackers only want parts of her body.....hmmmm.
Sally Lamb is laid to rest at the local funeral home:
|Apparently they opted for the Divine funeral with the ever-popular 'Eyes-Open' feature|
And her parents are incensed to find out that the $144.98 funeral they were promised is going to cost much, much more than that (thanks to all the 'extras' that were tacked on).
Meanwhile, a local detective decides to take his secretary out for lunch at a local dive:
And it's only pointed out about a dozen times during this scene that the special is 'leg of lamb' and that a woman named Sally Lamb was murdered recently. You know, in case, REALLY REALLY slow people are watching the movie.
AND - the secretary's name is Miss Chicken, so you know she's probably not long for this world:
As her boss and other police are investigating her murder, our slimy funeral owner shows up to sell his famous $144.98 funeral - well, the cost before any 'extras', of course. But the detective fills out the contract bottom line for 144.98 - and tells the funeral owner no 'extras' are necessary.
And then then the slowest detective on the planet goes back to the restaurant to miss out on more huge clues:
In case any of this isn't completely obvious, the three killers are all profiting from the murders - with the restaurant owners serving up the murder victims, and the funeral owner making money burying the 'leftovers'.
I like Undertaker - it kind of has an HG Lewis / David Friedman kind of feel, but with a purposeful tongue in cheek attitude.
After all, a movie that has pie fights:
And in what HAS to be the funniest scene in the movie (although I can't tell if this one is on purpose or not), the killers make what has to be the SLOWEST escape ever out of window after being walked in during a murder.
Then, after they've literally taken their sweet time getting away, one of the women runs over to the window and pulls out a gun in the table nearby -
What ensues is the strangest, most hysterical bad dubbing of a gun firing that I've ever seen in my life - complete w bizarre hip thrusting by the young woman with the gun.
Oh, and BTW, this is what a $144.98 funeral looks like:
The insanity is worth the price of admission - and btw, you shouldn't have to pay more than a few bucks for this movie. Mine cost a whole DOLLAR when I picked it up a couple of years ago.