Buried Alive (1990)

TV Movie   |  PG-13   |    |  Horror, Romance, Thriller

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A husband finds out that his wife and her lover are trying to kill him.



  • Buried Alive (1990)
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6 November 2001 | bob the moo
Average revenge movie
Clint (Tim Matheson) is a successful businessman living with his wife Joanna (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in small town USA. However Joanna is not so happy and starts an affair with her Doctor, Cortland Van Owen (William Athertone). They poison Clint and start to sell up and move away rich. However Glen rises from his grave and begins to plot his revenge.

This TV movie is most notable for it's director - Shawshank Redemption's Frank Darabont. Not exactly lofty beginnings but he does manage to bring an air of tension to the proceedings. The film is quite dark in tone and is reasonably tense. However the plot is a bit too ambitious - it relies too much on unlikely events to move the plot along and the final half-hour is a little too farfetched to be accepted easily. However it is quite clever the way Clint takes his revenge on the plotting duo of his wife and her lover.

Matheson is actually quite good here as Clint and brings an air of menace to his resurrected character. Leigh is nearly always good but falls into playing the screaming wife for most of the film. Athertone plays the creepy doctor but makes him too obviously guilty - it's partly the scripts fault but also Athertone can't help but play a creepy character (Die Hard 1 & 2).

This is not as bad as I expected. It is quite clever and tense for the majority. But it is what it is - and it is a cheap TV thriller. The two leads are good but it's a bit too far fetched to totally suck you into believing it. Although if you can get carried away by the story then you'll probably enjoy it.

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