Dead & Buried (1981)

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A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life.


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23 July 1999 | b. koski
One of the better 'zombie' films out there...
Recently I rented 'Bleeders', one of director Gary Sherman's newer films, and remembered this movie from my past while reviewing it. So, I dug through our video collection until I found it.

'Dead & Buried' is a surprisingly good movie. Released in the time where there was either one murderous main person (Freddy/Jason/Micheal Myers) or a strange pervert slaying half naked teenage girls (Slumber Party Massacre, among others), it was a surprise to see a large group of people get in on the killings. This somewhat original idea is probably one of the most appealing points of the film.

The story goes somewhat like this: strangers keep on getting killed as soon as they show up in the small town in which the movie is set. The local sheriff is somewhat baffled about what's going on -- he's a new cop, so he isn't used to dealing with murders. All this time everyone's acting a little strange: his wife seems to be developing a strange addiction for voodoo and the local mortician seems to enjoy preparing bodies for burial a little too much. When the cop finally starts to realize what's going on, he learns why his town is a little different than most other ones.

Any horror fan would enjoy 'Dead & Buried'. It's should be known as one of the few horror movies from the early eighties that doesn't make you want to crack up laughing. Zombie film fans would probably find it quite interesting as well, as long as they don't expect the run of the mill green skinned 'Bloodsuckers from Outer Space' zombies.

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About the film, Stan Winston said, "a lot of us were pushing to give it a little bit more style and I think director Gary Sherman really tried to - with Steven Poster who was the DP [Director of Photography] - give Dead & Buried a stylish look. I was on a shoestring, it was a low-budget movie; I know that I put a hundred and ten percent of myself into the effects."


Harry: I was just telling these guys about that accident last night. Find out who that guy was?
Dan Gillis: Not a thing. No ID. No license plates. No nothing.
Ernie: Dan, old buddy, with that fancy salary the city of Potters Bluff pays you, and the amount of money the state ...


When the young female hitchhiker is taken from the truck, she is thrown onto the muddy ground. Her face is covered in mud, before the rock is smashed onto her face. Later when we see the videos of Dobb's "murders and creations" the young female hitchhiker is being held down on the hood of the truck, and her face is clean before they smash the rock down on her face.

Alternate Versions

Although the original UK cinema version was uncut this film was undeservedly caught up in the British video nasties hysteria in the early eighties, and consequently did not receive an official British video certificate until 1990. Illegally circulated copies of the film, followed by successful prosecutions under the Obscene Publications Act, forced the BBFC to edit 30 seconds from the movie with most cuts being made to the opening burning scene and a brief sequence of a bandaged patient being stabbed in the eye with a syringe. The BBFC fully waived all the edits for the 1999 Polygram video and all subsequent releases are fully uncut.


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Horror | Mystery

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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