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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

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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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29 May 1981 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The films plot was re-edited numerous times throughout the production. Originally the attack on the family occurred later in the film, after the hitchhikers murder, which is why the resurrected hitchhiker can be seen among the attackers during the scene with the traveling family in the old house. See more »

Goofs

The hitchhiker can be seen as a zombie before she is actually killed, reconstructed and brought back to life. This is because the abandoned house scene - where she is clearly visible as one of the dead townfolk - was originally placed in the film after her resurrection. See more »

Quotes

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 spends getting you educated, you ought to be able to find some clues.
Herman: If you can't solve a traffic accident, what are you gonna do if a crime happens?
Harry: Now boys, don't be riding Danny too hard. He's out to lead this town. We're lucky to have him. A ...
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A great place to visit, but a terrible place to die.
24 September 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Excellent Twilight Zone-type thriller is a true gem among the many horror films of the '80's.

In the quiet little New England town of Potters Bluff a series of inexplicably violent murders has been taking place. It's up to the local sheriff to solve the horrid crimes, but that's proving to be hard, especially since the murder victims seem to still be alive!

Dead & Buried is an especially intriguing and well-crafted horror film. Director Sherman gives the film an ice-chilling, moody atmosphere. The filming locations are great, especially the rocky beaches used in the opening sequences. Ronald Shusett and Dan O'Bannon's storyline is full of quiet uncertainty and over-whelming shocks! The music score is as wonderfully moody as the atmosphere.

One true highlight of this film is its stars. James Farentino is perfect as the mystified sheriff Dan Gillis (likely named after screenwriter Dan O'Bannon). The lovely Melody Anderson is wonderfully believable as Gillis's wife. The late-great Jack Albertson (here in his final role) is awesome as the mortician Dobbs.

Yet another highlight is the truly gory makeup FX of Stan Winston, which provides for more than one unforgettable moment in this film.

Dead & Buried is simply a classic of modern horror and is too often over-looked for lesser films of its day. A must-see for horror and thriller fans.

**** out of ****


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