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Director:
Writers:
Jeff Millar (story) &
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Release Date:
29 May 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The writers of alien... ...bring a new terror to earth. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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One of the "best" of the "worst"... See more (99 total) »

Cast

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James Farentino ... Sheriff Dan Gillis

Melody Anderson ... Janet Gillis

Jack Albertson ... William G. Dobbs

Dennis Redfield ... Ron

Nancy Locke ... Linda (as Nancy Locke Hauser)

Lisa Blount ... Girl on the Beach / Nurse Lisa

Robert Englund ... Harry
Bill Quinn ... Ernie
Michael Currie ... Herman

Christopher Allport ... George Le Moyne / Freddie
Joseph G. Medalis ... Doctor (as Joe Medalis)

Macon McCalman ... Ben

Lisa Marie ... Hitchhiker
Estelle Omens ... Betty

Barry Corbin ... Phil
Linda Shusett ... Waitress (as Linda Turley)
Ed Bakey ... Fisherman

Glenn Morshower ... Jimmy
Robert Boler ... Mr. Haskell

Michael Pataki ... Sam
Jill Fosse ... Nurse
Mark Courtney ... Jamie
Michael Courtney ... Jamie
Renee McDonell ... Girl #1
Dottie Catching ... Lady Car Passenger
Colby Smith ... Female Stranger
Judy Ashton ... Joyce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Cecere ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Bill Couch Jr. ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Angelo De Meo ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Sherman  (as Gary A. Sherman)
 
Writing credits
Jeff Millar (story) &
Alex Stern (story)

Ronald Shusett (screenplay) &
Dan O'Bannon (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Fentress .... producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... associate producer
Ronald Shusett .... producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster  (as Steve Poster)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Balsam 
 
Casting by
Linda Francis 
 
Art Direction by
Joe Aubel 
William Sandell  (as Bill Sandell)
 
Set Decoration by
Dennis Barton 
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
 
Makeup Department
Carl Cobery .... makeup lab technician (as Carl Michael Cobery)
Jan Cook .... hair stylist
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist
Ziggy Geike .... special wigs
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques)
Vincent Prentice .... makeup artist
Stan Winston .... makeup effects designer
 
Production Management
John W. Hyde .... executive in charge of production
William P. Owens .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew A. Ackerman .... second assistant director (as Andy Ackerman)
Brian E. Frankish .... first assistant director
Scott Thaler .... second assistant director (as Scott Ira Thaler)
 
Art Department
Dominick Bruno .... property master
Lee B. Drygas .... leadman (as Lee Drygas)
Jay M. Hirsch .... construction foreman
Airick Kredell .... leadman
Gerald Perdew .... prop maker (as Gerry Perdew)
John Rettino .... assistant property master
James E. Tocci .... set designer
Amanda J. Flick .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gordon Ecker .... sound effects editor (as Gordon Ecker Jr.)
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer
Lettie Odney .... dialogue editor
Bill Randall .... second boom operator (as Bill Randall Jr.)
Charles Randall .... boom operator (as Chuck Randall)
William Randall .... sound mixer (as Bill Randall)
Richard D. Rogers .... adr mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Howard S. Wollman .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Milch .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Kagel .... sculptor
James Cummins .... lab technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process coordinator
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Bill Couch Jr. .... stunts
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator
Bill Couch .... stunts
Chuck Couch .... stunts (as Charles Couch)
Angelo De Meo .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... gaffer
Vito Carenzo .... best boy grip
Jim Dyer .... dolly grip
Roger Gebhard .... first assistant camera
Jeff Goldenberg .... second assistant camera
John Koester .... camera operator
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Ken Miller .... key grip
Ernest Paul Roebuck .... lighting best boy (as Ernie Roebuck)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Jobe .... costumes
Erica Edell Phillips .... costume supervisor (as Erica Phillips)
 
Editorial Department
Ross Albert .... associate editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Nancy Forner .... assistant editor
Robert K. Lambert .... post-production executive
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Frank Capp .... music contractor
Murray McFadden .... scoring mixer
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor (as Jack Tillar)
 
Transportation Department
Fred Hendley .... transportation co-captain
Wayne Nelson .... transportation captain
Donna Smith .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Dustin Bernard .... production assistant
Dixie J. Capp .... production coordinator
Kimberley Coy .... unit publicist
Alvin Greenman .... script supervisor
Carole Keagy .... advertising and promotion
Toni Lemos .... location coordinator
Jim McCarthy .... paymaster
Kate Morris .... production administrator
Ty Nutt .... dialogue coach: Mr. Albertson
Edwin D. Rich .... production accountant
Anthony Ridio .... assistant to producer (as Anthony Jon Ridio)
Anna St. Johns .... production executive
Mark Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Farentino
 

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Runtime:
94 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1991) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1981) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 (2002) (DVD) | Norway:(Banned) (video) (1986) | Norway:18 (video) (1984) | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Singapore:M18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Sherman originally intended this movie to be a dark comedySee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[repeated line]
Ernie:Welcome to Potters Bluff!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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16 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
One of the "best" of the "worst"..., 20 February 2001
Author: Christopher T. Chase (cchase@onebox.com) from Arlington, VA.

It didn't occur to me until my later years, when I became an avid 'credit reader,' to make the connection between DEAD AND BURIED and two other low-budget gems that totally blew my mind: the earlier, gorier (but not by much) DEATH LINE, released in the U.S. under the appetizing title RAW MEAT, and a nasty-but-nifty little cop thriller called VICE SQUAD, which has the distinction of sporting quite possibly the smarmiest, most memorably evil performance that Wings Hauser ever gave in his entire career.

The gore ante has been upped so much at the movies nowadays, that you literally have to take the top of somebody's head off to get a rise out of the audience, (see HANNIBAL). But there was a time, either when we were more naive, or when lower budgets demanded it, that directors of low-budget horror fare knew that if you were going for the gross-out, you had to make it effective to scare the bejesus out of moviegoers. Gary Sherman was one of the few talented directors who knew this, and he went to town on my nerves with this, which I saw for the first time on video many years ago.

Some of the plot points maybe as murky as the atmospheric photography is at times, but one thing is certainly made clear: TV-friendly character actor-turned-spooky-town M.E. Jack Albertson is definitely up to no good. Travelers and transients who are innocently passing through the little, picturesque seacoast town where he plies his trade, are being found horribly murdered, only to be resurrected...as townies! Voodoo is somehow involved, as are some of the most violently graphic dispatchings commended to film for that time period.

James Farentino and Melody Anderson, known mostly for TV movie appearances (and in Melody's case, FLASH...aaaa-aaahhh!) do serviceable jobs as the town sheriff and his wife, who become more embroiled in the mystery than they'd like, and Robert Englund joins the proceedings, usually making his formidably creepy presence more than welcome, (until he came into his own as Freddy). But this is definitely Albertson's baby, and he relishes breaking out of his casting niche after all those episodes of CHICO AND THE MAN. Good thing, too, since it was one of his last performances. Sadly, as it is with most talented character actors, he was never recognized for his stage work as much as what he left on film, but his D&B role is a nice antithesis to the kindly Grandpa George in WILLY WONKA.

Also: Dan O'Bannon wouldn't be able to catch the lightning-in-a-bottle he captured with ALIEN again, until his severed-tongue-in-cheek rendering of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, his playfully amped-up homage to George Romero's masterpiece.

FOOTNOTE: D&B's releasing woes had nothing to do with its low-budget status. The original releasing company, Vestron, went belly-up and had to file for Chapter 11 more than once, leaving movies like this in limbo until the legal problems could be satisfactorily settled. It took a while for the video release, but it was worth the wait.

Oh, and no matter how mind-boggling the gore gets, you'll still want to watch it twice, just to see how you missed being clued in on the head-spinning climax!

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