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Director:
Writers:
Jeff Millar (story) &
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Release Date:
29 May 1981 (USA) See more »
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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:
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creepiness trumps gore in this unusual 'zombie' movie See more (98 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)
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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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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?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
creepiness trumps gore in this unusual 'zombie' movie, 24 January 2010
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Gary Sherman's film Dead & Buried, from a script by Alien writers Ron Shusset and (the late) Dan O'Bannon, is a strange creature of a movie. It's meant to reel in the horror movie crowd, but it's for a crowd of another time period. That is, at least, the filmmaker's intention, and it's the kind of horror movie that might have been made in the 40's (maybe Val Lewton would've produced it, though probably never showing a death on screen), and has a mad mortician, calmly and chillingly played by Jack ("Grandpa Joe" from Willy Wonka) Albertson, bringing back people from the dead and having those dead go after tourists or passerbys who have the dumb luck to travel into town.

Sometimes the gore is meant to be emphasized, like with the death of the fisherman or the doctor who gets acid poured on him. The latter of these is a terrible scene, not just because Stan Winston wasn't involved in the effect (you can tell), but because it's done too much and the camera lingers a little too long. Dead & Buried is helped by it being surreal: the opening scene where the guy is photographing on the beach, comes across the woman and starts to take pictures "for Playboy" and then is overcome by a horde of people also flashing pictured and filming and is killed by fire, is something out of a pure nightmare (you almost expect someone to wake up, but no one does). When it sticks to this dead-undead thing, of the hints at witchcraft and the eerie performances by the Sheriff's wife and some of the townspeople like Robert Englund, make it worthwhile.

Dead & Buried is not what you expect, which is a good and not-so-good thing. It's low-budget and atmospheric, and its ending is a bit of a WTF twist that seems unnecessary. But there's a lot of interest here, a lot of weird effects with cameras and crowds of the undead. Just don't go expecting the usual flesh and guts show, despite what the film's own distributors thought at the time.

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