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Dead & Buried (1981)

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.

Director:

Gary Sherman (as Gary A. Sherman)

Writers:

Jeff Millar (story), Alex Stern (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Michael Currie ... Herman
Christopher Allport ... George Le Moyne / Freddie
Joseph G. Medalis Joseph G. Medalis ... Doctor (as Joe Medalis)
Macon McCalman ... Ben
Lisa Marie ... Hitchhiker
Estelle Omens Estelle Omens ... Betty
Barry Corbin ... Phil
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Storyline

Sheriff Dan Gillis has a nice life with his wife, the teacher Janet Gillis, in the small coastal and friendly town of Potter's Bluff. When visitors are mysterious killed in the town, Sheriff Gillis investigates the cases carefully and finds that dead people are reanimating and coming back to life. Dan finds a book of witchcraft and voodoo in his wife's drawer and he suspects that she might be practicing black magic. Dan meets the coroner-mortician William G. Dobbs and learns the dreadful and surprising secret. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

A new dimension in horror... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Look Alive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$216,166, 15 November 1981

Gross USA:

$216,166, 15 November 1981
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Trailer narrated by Percy Rodrigues. See more »

Goofs

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

Harry: I was just telling these guys about that accident last night. Find out who that guy was?
Dan Gillis: Not a thing. No ID. No license plates. No nothing.
Ernie: Dan, old buddy, with that fancy salary the city of Potters Bluff pays you, and the amount of money the state spends getting you educated, you ought to be able to find some clues.
Herman: If you can't solve a traffic accident, what are you gonna do if a crime happens?
Harry: Now boys, don't be riding Danny too hard. He's out to lead this town. We're lucky to have him. A ...
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Alternate Versions

The end credit music is different on all video and the recent DVD release when compared to the theatrical and the HBO/Cinemax airing in the '80s. The theatrical and HBO had on the end credits the suspense music from the film, which then changes to a Glenn Miller jazz score, while the suspense music is heard in the background, creeping up faintly, until when the cast names start rolling, then the suspense music takes over, ending exactly when the credit ends. However, all video release of this, as well as the DVD, the end credit music is now the rehash of the beginning credit sequence music, you can tell its tacked in, for they fade the music early when the credit ends. See more »

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What R rated horror SHOULD Be
5 February 2006 | by missmonochromeSee all my reviews

"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.


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