To avoid any confusion, this is the never officially released original 35mm cut of THE UNDERTAKER, as it was originally made and finished in 1988. It is NOT the heavily re-edited ‘Death Merchant’ or ‘Corpse Vanishes 2’ versions.
Currently only available here on our website, the Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD release of THE UNDERTAKER, specially packaged in a blood soaked coffin cutout o-card! Limited to 3,000 units.
For years Roscoe (Joe Spinell) has been the town undertaker. However, inside his funeral home, he’s been amassing a bloody collection of human souvenirs, which he uses in unspeakable acts of violence and perversion. When some townspeople begin to disappear under strange circumstances, Roscoe’s nephew starts to grow suspicious of the goings on at his uncle’s funeral parlor. As he gets closer to the truth, he inadvertently begins putting the lives of those around him at risk, as well as his own…
One of cult superstar Joe Spinell’s final films, THE UNDERTAKER is a dark and violent slasher featuring one of Spinell’s most memorable and flamboyant performances. Long thought lost and only available in bootlegs or its radically recut and heavily censored version, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents THE UNDERTAKER newly restored from its original 35mm original camera negative and on Blu-ray for the first time. Also included are never before seen outtakes, production still gallery, and a brand new interview and commentary with writer/actor/director William Kennedy, who tells the story of this unjustly forgotten slice of late 80s horror.
Directed by: William Kennedy, Steve Bono, Frank Avianca & Richard E. Brooks
1988 / 88 minutes / Color / 1.85:1
Starring: Joe Spinell, Rebeca Yaron, Patrick Askin, Susan Bachli, William Kennedy…
• Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative, with select shots sourced from tape elements
• Commentary track with director / writer / actor William Kennedy
• “Making the Undertaker” interview with William Kennedy
• Director introduction
• Archival promotional video
• Production still gallery
• Booklet essay by Michael Gingold
• Reverse cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles