IMDb > Dead & Buried (1981)
Dead & Buried
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Dead & Buried (1981) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 21 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.6/10   6,087 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 13% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Jeff Millar (story) &
Alex Stern (story) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Dead & Buried on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(31 articles)
Producers Lab Toronto reveals line-up
 (From ScreenDaily. 20 August 2014, 7:34 AM, PDT)

Review: Dark Souls II (Xbox360)
 (From Shadowlocked. 15 March 2014, 9:55 AM, PDT)

Attention Chicago Horror Fans: Meat the Massacre October 12
 (From Twitch. 5 October 2013, 5:00 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
What R rated horror SHOULD Be See more (99 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
94 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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:
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:
Dan Gillis:Betty and her toys. There's nobody else to talk to on that damn police channel and she can't call me by my name. That's TV cop shows, Harry. That's what does it.
Harry:Do you think the county would let me have this rig for salvage?
Dan Gillis:Anyhow, she said that he was on his way.
Harry:Okay, no hurry. The fellow in there is a definite goner. Get a good gander that that face, Danny?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
See more »
35 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
What R rated horror SHOULD Be, 5 February 2006
Author: missmonochrome from United States

"Dead & Buried" is a classic horror "small town with a secret" film, this time concerning a tiny little seaside town called Potter's Bluff. The formerly peaceful community has suddenly been plagued by a series of grisly murders for the town sheriff Dan (James Farentino) to investigate. Creepier still, the murder victims reappear as walking, talking, friendly townsfolk. And what does the eccentric town mortician (Jack Albertson) have to do with it?

This rarely talked about flick, above all else, is a masterpiece of atmosphere...moodily lit, foggy, with a genuine sense of claustrophobia as the horrors seem to be closing in closer and closer to Dan's own home and family, especially the strange new habits his wife (Melody Anderson) has taken up lately.

All of the actors are solid enough, but Jack Albertson steals the show as the eccentric, big band loving Mortician Dobbs. In one of his final performances, he delivers a character whose unsettling realism and reverence for the dead will make you completely forget his also classic turn as the kindly grandpa in "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory". Rather than just play this character, he inhabits his psyche and becomes Dobbs, and it shows.

Everything from the low key bits of airy score music to the often slow and dreamlike pacing of the plot, is dedicated to heightening the viewer sense of disconnection and dread, leading up to a well known sort of "twist" climax, which in this context doesn't seem hackneyed.

My only real problem with this film is that the pacing can sometimes seem jarring, with little connection to scenes preceding it, almost to the point of breaking the well crafted mood. Also, the climax was a bit too abrupt and a few more seconds of that final anguished scene would've done a lot to increase the film's overall impact.

I'd still highly recommend "Dead & Buried", as a solid reminder of what imaginative and well made R rated horror used to be, before the parade of dull remakes and tamed to PG-13 bore fests that now clutter the genre.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (99 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Dead & Buried (1981)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
More recommendations... PottersBluff
Question about Janet and Sheriff (possible spoilers) ldziub
Resident Evil 4 Similarities? master_d
EFX? TMasson26
Personally, I'd like to see this remade. gillmanfan2000
Can you buy? NightGiant
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Black Belly of the Tarantula Deep Red The Beyond The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Friday the 13th
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.