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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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An archaeology professor discovers an ancient crypt which contains living dead corpses. The zombies go on a rampage and attack a group of people which the professor had invited to celebrate his discovery.

Director:

Andrea Bianchi

Writer:

Piero Regnoli (screenplay)
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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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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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They craved flesh with a hunger! See more »

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Filmed on location at a real castle. See more »

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Despite that some of the film's characters end up torn completely to pieces by the zombies, they still manage to come back to life without any explanation as to how their limbs were reattached. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [after making sexual advances on his mother] What's wrong? I'm your son!
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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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Referenced in Shadow: Dead Riot (2006) See more »

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Apocalyptic Horror Vol. 1: The Profecy Of The Black Spider
5 August 2008 | by TromafreakSee all my reviews

This is the one. This is the one that puts them all to shame. Fulci, Romero, no one has ever made living-dead cinema seem so dark, gritty, and down right apocalyptic as Andrea Bianchi. Obviously less expensive than anything from those other guys, Burial Ground is certainly no more complicated than anything else from the genre, three giddy couples and a depressed man-child are vacationing in an old mansion in Italy. They couldn't have picked a better location. Little Michael, the man-child is in love with his mother, and he seems a bit jealous of his step-father, I'm not exactly sure what they intended with this little sub-plot but all I know is that incest is hilarious, regardless of what genre it's thrown into, and being completely random makes it all the better. I'm just glad little Michael is a character in a movie and not someone I have to deal with on a regular basis.

Enough about Man-children and incest, there's much more fun to be had. The first twenty minutes of this epic mostly involves the giddy couples spouting ridiculous dialogue, flirting with each other, and frolicking about with not a care in the world, until it happens, the dead are coming back to life, and unfortunately, for some reason, there are a dozen or so rotted corpses buried in the garden. As bad as the English voice-overs are, they do a great job at sounding terrified once the madness begins. Probably more powerful than it was meant to be, Burial Ground gives you the strong impression that these dozens of zombies, some of which resemble the Toxic Avenger, just might take over the world after they're done with these guys. Burial Ground is a prime example of grainy, bad film quality unintentionally enhancing the horror quality. Some scenes, you cant even make out what's going on. Although the sci-fi-ish sound effects are out of place, it adds an apocalyptic feel that makes things seem even more hopeless and dismal. Some how, the unintentional humor doesn't overshadow any of this. Calling Burial Ground creepy would be an insult, nightmarish would be a good start.

The darkness of this masterpiece goes far beneath the dark, grainy quality of the film, even when they show a sunny day, all I see in this film is darkness, things just seemed doomed from the very beginning, and that, exploitation fans, is the makings for true horror. Burial Ground is best Italian gore has to offer, better than The Beyond, even better than Beyond the Darkness, Burial Ground has no equal. The only thing I can recommend more than this, is this on VHS, the film quality is even worse, the sky looks almost pink. VHS really brings out "that look" that the DVD format has ruined. Plenty of Gore, nudity, incest-humor, Burial Ground is the measuring stick of any horror sub-genre it may represent. Aside from the profecy being mis-spelled, the ending leaves quite an impression. Don't talk to me about no damn Evil Dead. Burial Ground has them all beat. That one wasn't that great anyway. 10/10


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