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Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)

Le notti del terrore (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 10 December 1985 (USA)
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A professor opens a crypt and reanimates rotten zombies. The zombies attack a jet-set-group which is celebrating a party in a villa nearby...

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Andrea Bianchi

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Piero Regnoli (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Karin Well ... Janet
Gianluigi Chirizzi Gianluigi Chirizzi ... Mark (as Gian Luigi Chirizzi)
Simone Mattioli Simone Mattioli ... James
Antonella Antinori ... Leslie (as Antonietta Antinori)
Roberto Caporali Roberto Caporali ... George
Pietro Barzocchini ... Michael (as Peter Bark)
Claudio Zucchet Claudio Zucchet ... Nicholas (as Claudio Zucchett)
Anna Valente Anna Valente ... Kathryn
Raimondo Barbieri ... Professor (as Renato Barbieri)
Mariangela Giordano ... Evelyn (as Maria Angela Giordan)
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Storyline

Professor Ayres discovers a secret in an ancient stone and when he opens a crypt, he revives zombies that kill him. He had invited three couples to visit him in his manor to reveal his discovery. However, they never get around to meeting the professor. Out of the blue, the zombies attack them and they seek shelter in the mansion. The creatures put the manor under siege while they protect themselves trying to survive to the horde of zombies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The earth shall tremble.... graves shall open.... they shall come among the living as messengers of death and there shall be the nights of terror.... "Profecy of the Black Spider" See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burial Ground See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Esteban Cinematografica See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was really filmed in 1980. See more »

Goofs

Shadow of camera on a zombie as it approaches the mansion, and nears the camera. See more »

Quotes

Mark: You're getting a raise out of me alright, but it has nothing to do with money.
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"The earth shall tremble, graves shall open, they shall come among the living as messengers of death and there shall be the nigths of terror." 'Profecy of the Black Spider' See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 1986 UK Video release on the Apex label (as "Nights Of Terror") had been heavily pre-cut by 10 minutes 6 secs by the distributors before submission and then cut by a further 3 minutes 11 secs by the BBFC, removing nearly all of the gore and reducing the running time to barely 65 mins in length. The 2002 Vipco release (as "The Zombie Dead") saw all of the BBFC cuts waived and the film fully restored to its original version. See more »

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A scary zombie movie
26 November 2001 | by Magnus WersenSee all my reviews

'The Nights Of Terror' (which is its real English name) is one of the more forgotten Italian Zombie-flicks that they were churning out like madmen in the early eighties. The story is simple but effective, three couples is arriving at a remote villa where a Professor Ayres is going to announce something which have to do with the way we are looking at death. However, as we could see before the credits the good professor is dead and the dead is rising from an old Etruscan cemetery just outside the villa. Apart from some brief sex-scenes when the couples arrive at the house, the whole movie is a long chase between the zombies and their potential victims. What makes this movie worth watching is the fact that it's trying to be a real horror-movie witch creaking doors, old cemeteries and a fair bit of suspense. In fact, most of the movie almost feels like Blind Dead-movie (especially as the zombies use various tools to kill their victims). The zombie make-up by Gino De Rossi and Rosario Prestopino is impressing; instead of the tired Savini-blue-in-the-face make-up the zombies look genuinely scary.

Of course it's not without faults, the dubbing is terrible and the dialogue is laughable. Who can ever forget Professor Ayres' line when the zombies are attacking him (No! I'm your friend!), or the weird Michael (Mama, this cloth smells of death). To summarize it, this movie is like a Lucio Fulci movie with an Amando De Ossorio script and Jess Franco characters.


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