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I Bury the Living
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I Bury the Living -- A newly appointed cemetery chairman discovers that, merely by inserting a black pin into a wall-sized map of the cemetery, he can cause the deaths of that plot's owner.
I Bury the Living -- Supernatural happenings occur each time a cemetery manager "marks" a plot on the graveyard chart.

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Director:
Writer:
Louis Garfinkle (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
July 1958 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
SHOCKS THAT CHALLENGE THE IMAGINATION!!! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Tale from the Crypt, if ever there was one. See more (73 total) »

Cast

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Richard Boone ... Robert Kraft

Theodore Bikel ... Andy McKee
Peggy Maurer ... Ann Craig
Howard Smith ... George Kraft
Herbert Anderson ... Jess Jessup
Robert Osterloh ... Lt. Clayborne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Bender ... Henry Trowbridge (uncredited)
Lynette Bernay ... Elizabeth Drexel (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... William Isham (uncredited)
Ken Drake ... Bill Honegger (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Charlie Bates (uncredited)
Glen Vernon ... Stuart Drexel (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Band 
 
Writing credits
Louis Garfinkle (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Band .... producer
Louis Garfinkle .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Frederick Gately (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
 
Production Design by
Edward Vorkapich 
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (as Jack P. Pearce)
 
Production Management
Clark L. Paylow .... production manager (as Clark Paylow)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
 
Art Department
Leo J. Cornett .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jack Kirschner .... sound editor
Roy Meadows .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Edward Vorkapich .... visual designer (as E. Vorkapich)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Carstenson .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Richards .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Eve Newman .... music editor
Pete Candoli .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Gerald Fried .... conductor (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
 
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76 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated

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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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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Hey, Ho, Anybody Home?See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Tale from the Crypt, if ever there was one., 4 January 2008
Author: drjackchang from San Francisco

Any fan of the classic Twilight Zone will adore this forgotten and underrated horror gem. Richard Boone is the reluctant caretaker of a town's cemetery when he accidentally discovers that folks die when he marks them as deceased on the cemetery's map. Everyone tells him that it's merely coincidence and he continues to prove them wrong, being driven mad from the guilt.

A wonderful musical score along with some amazing camera work do most of the job of creating the eerie and haunting mood of a man losing his mind as he literally marks those around him for death. The script is above par and the acting is all surprisingly good for any movie, much less a 50's horror flick. It is because of the sadly disappointing ending (which in effect turns the whole movie into a mess) that this film is not regarded more highly and instead is relegated to the back shelves of video stores as a lost almost-masterpiece and not simply a masterpiece. But the ending by no means ruins the film.

Fans of 50's and 60's horror will enjoy this more than they expect, although be wary of the implications of the cover art - this movie is 100% zombie-free (which is too bad, because there was a wonderful opportunity to end the movie with zombies instead of the ending that's there). And as an odd final note, the screenwriter went on to write The Deer Hunter. I can't say that tells you much about this film, except to say that you can expect someone to hold a gun to their own head at some point.

Check it out! It's cheaper to buy a used copy off Amazon than it is to rent.

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