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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 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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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)  »

Also Known As:

El despertar de los muertos  »

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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

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 »

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[repeated line]
Ernie: Welcome to Potters Bluff!
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"Pork Chops Or Beef Stroganoff?"
8 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 1981 horror thriller "Dead & Buried," the billboard leading into town reads "Potters Bluff--A New Way Of Life," and boy, talk about truth in advertising! All newcomers and visitors to this picturesque, New England coastal town have a tendency to get themselves gruesomely murdered by the locals...only to return later on, fresh as the proverbial daisy! This, of course, has Sheriff Gillis, portrayed by the always likable James Farentino, understandably perplexed, to put it mildly. Anyway, from its gently haunting theme song by Joe Renzetti to its double--no, better make that triple--surprise ending, "Dead & Buried" proved a very pleasant surprise for me. Though never really frightening, it does offer some startling moments, some truly yucky makeup FX (thanks to veteran Stan Winston), an involving, slow-burn plot, and one scene guaranteed to give new meaning to the term "acidhead." Yes, there are a few slow stretches, and one too many scenes are underlit or transpire in the dark of night, but the film is never less than interesting, and earns its increasingly freaky final 20 minutes and startling plot twists. Ultimately, Potters Bluff is more reminiscent of a potter's field, and Lisa Blount goes down as possibly the most lethal nurse in film history...well, at least until Daryl Hannah came along in 2003's "Kill Bill," anyway. I haven't yet mentioned Jack Albertson, here in his final film role as the local genius of a mortician, Dobbs, but he is very fine, as well, bringing, er, life to his unusual character. All in all, "Dead & Buried" may prove as surprisingly pleasing to others as I found it. Recommended. And oh...another high-quality DVD from the fine folks at Blue Underground has been provided here, with only minimal grain.


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