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I Bury the Living (1958)

Unrated | | Horror | July 1958 (USA)
Cemetery director Robert Kraft discovers that by arbitrarily changing the status of plots from empty to occupied on the planogram causes the death of the plots' owners.

Director:

Albert Band

Writers:

Louis Garfinkle (original story and screenplay), Louis Garfinkle (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Boone ... Robert Kraft
Theodore Bikel ... Andy McKee
Peggy Maurer Peggy Maurer ... Ann Craig
Howard Smith ... George Kraft
Herbert Anderson ... Jess Jessup
Robert Osterloh ... Lt. Clayborne
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Storyline

Through a series of macabre "coincidences," the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery that notes those plots. Written by mperryo@yahoo.com

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Out of a time-rotted tomb crawls an unspeakable horror! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer at Large See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Production Co:

Maxim Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen King says he was thinking about this film when he wrote his short story "Obit", about a young writer who discovers he can kill people by writing an obituary about them. The short story is in King's Bazaar of Bad Dreams collection. He references the film in the foreword to the short story. See more »

Quotes

Robert Kraft: Andy, you better get this straight right now. You heard that lieutenant. It's possible for some people to have things inside them that make other things happen. Nothing is impossible for a man like that, if he thinks about it hard enough.
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Connections

Featured in TCM Underground: I Bury the Living (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Lord Randall, My Son
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Traditional
Performed by Theodore Bikel
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Reeks Of Atmosphere
11 August 2004 | by moyconSee all my reviews

A man (Richard Boone) has to take over as chairman of the Immortal Hills cemetery. Shortly after the man discovers he has the power to kill sticking black pins in an old cemetery grounds map. Later on, after the man has convinced himself, as well as those around him that he's not crazy, he decides to undo what he's done and pull the white pins out and replace them with white pins.

Brrrrrrr.

This has always been one of my favorite spook flicks. Creepy and with a great twist ending. If you like older black and white spook movies, You will not be disappointed. I have seen this flick no less than 10 times and will no doubt watch it again... Unless someone sticks a black pin in my plot.


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