I Bury the Living (1958)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  July 1958 (USA)
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Cemetery director Robert Kraft discovers that by arbitrarily changing the status of plots from empty to occupied on the planogram causes the death of the plots' owners.



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Complete credited cast:
Andy McKee
Peggy Maurer ...
Ann Craig
Howard Smith ...
George Kraft
Herbert Anderson ...
Jess Jessup
Robert Osterloh ...
Lt. Clayborne


Through a series of macabre "coincidences," the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery that notes those plots. Written by mperryo@yahoo.com

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Killer at Large  »

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As the film progresses and Kraft gradually comes to believe that the map controls him, the map on the wall becomes slightly larger in each progressive scene, symbolizing it slowly controlling him. See more »


Robert Kraft: Andy, you better get this straight right now. You heard that lieutenant. It's possible for some people to have things inside them that make other things happen. Nothing is impossible for a man like that, if he thinks about it hard enough.
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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »


Hey, Ho, Anybody Home?
Performed by Theodore Bikel
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Reeks Of Atmosphere
11 August 2004 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

A man (Richard Boone) has to take over as chairman of the Immortal Hills cemetery. Shortly after the man discovers he has the power to kill sticking black pins in an old cemetery grounds map. Later on, after the man has convinced himself, as well as those around him that he's not crazy, he decides to undo what he's done and pull the white pins out and replace them with white pins.


This has always been one of my favorite spook flicks. Creepy and with a great twist ending. If you like older black and white spook movies, You will not be disappointed. I have seen this flick no less than 10 times and will no doubt watch it again... Unless someone sticks a black pin in my plot.

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