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Dead & Buried (1981)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  29 May 1981 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sheriff Dan Gillis
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Janet Gillis
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William G. Dobbs
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Ron
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Linda (as Nancy Locke Hauser)
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Girl on the Beach / Nurse Lisa
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Harry
Bill Quinn ...
Ernie
Michael Currie ...
Herman
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George Le Moyne / Freddie
Joseph G. Medalis ...
Doctor (as Joe Medalis)
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Ben
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Hitchhiker
Estelle Omens ...
Betty
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Phil
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Storyline

Potters Bluff, Rhode Island. may seem to be a sleepy little town. At least for the casual visitor and the local sheriff, Daniel Gillis. However, all of a sudden, there are a lot of strange murders where strangers or people passing through are killed by mobs of townspeople. Only Sheriff Gillis has no clue to what's going on. Fortunately, the town has an excellent undertaker, William G. Dobbs, who is happy to take care of this sudden death-wave which is good for his business. Gillis soon discovers clues that lead to many of the local inhabitants involved in the killings, including his own wife Janet. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A new dimension in horror... See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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29 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El despertar de los muertos  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Melody Anderson's reactions to being shot were very authentic. One of the squibs set to explode under her dress actually flew upward very close to her ear and gave her a scare, it also caused her to lose hearing in her right ear for a few moments. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Dan Gillis: How do you do it? How did you bring them back to life?
Dobbs: Call it black magic. Call it a medical breakthrough. I'll take my secret to the grave.
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Referenced in Mortuary (1983) See more »

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Great sleeper horror; a real find.
10 August 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a real sleeper, although the presence of screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's ('Alien') name in the credits automatically assures us we are in for a treat. And this is most certainly the case; 'Dead and Buried' is a real class act. James Farentino is excellent as the bewildered sheriff of the small American fishing community of Potter's Bluff. And the opening scene, in which an unsuspecting photographer is burned alive in broad daylight, still shocks more than twenty years after the film's release. To reveal too much of the plot would be to spoil the surprise; suffice it to say that it involves a series of bizarre and brutal murders investigated by Farentino's character.

Stan Winston provides some great special makeup effects; witness the particularly gruesome sequence in which a man is embalmed... while still alive! Also, Lisa Blount appears as the seductive young lady on the beach in the opening scene (she can be seen in 'John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness'), and watch out for a fledgling Robert Englund before he rose to international stardom as serial killer Freddy Krueger in the 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' franchise. 'Dead and Buried''s final twist is really kick-ass and wonderfully macabre, and it wraps up a creepy, atmospheric outing. Definitely worth a look.


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