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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
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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

During filming Gary Sherman purposely avoided letting the color red be visible in any scene, so the sight of blood during the murder sequences would be all the more shocking. Sherman even went as far as to have the tail lights of cars replaced with purple lights, instead of the normal red. 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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Dobbs: I was more than mildly insulted. Just because I'm a mortician she had the audacity to insinuate that I might have knowledge of the black arts!
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Worth a look but there's a reason it isn't listed among the classics.
30 October 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Neither an unappreciated masterpiece nor a forgotten gem, Dead and Buried is simply a pretty respectable old horror movie from 1981.

The movie is less a plot than a figure-it-out. Early scenes have many visitors to the small town of Potter's Bluff being killed in fairly gruesome fashion by several assailants, and it is hardly a spoiler to say that several of these attackers are local citizens with standard day jobs, as this is also revealed almost instantly.

The rest of the movie involves local Sheriff Dan Gillis and his efforts to work out who is responsible and why.

That's really it...

... Really.

Through the next hour or so you sorta already now how it will turn out, only a few clever but subtle changes come up meaning that even when you know what is going to happen, you almost don't.

The acting is serviceable although some of the bit part characters overact fiercely at times, including the murdered fisherman who takes drunk acting to ludicrous levels.

A very camp undertaker - Dobbs - has some left field opinions and is not afraid to share them with Dan, who grows increasingly confused as evidence piles up around him.

I won't say what sub-genre of horror we are dealing with here, as even the most minor allusion will give away the whole movie.

I can't be bothered whipping up another 600 words on a straightforward movie such as this so I won't. What we have here is a pretty basic scenario brightened up somewhat towards the end by several minor variations and twists, nothing like "Bruce Willis' wife dropping the Wedding ring" or "Samara crawling through the TV", but welcome additions to what would otherwise be a Twilight Zone episode nonetheless.

Oh, and I don't think I could finish without mentioning Robert Englund of Freddie fame is in this, it's irrelevant though.

Final Rating 6 / 10. Worth a look but it is obvious as to why this isn't mentioned in the same breath as The Exorcist or The Omen.

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