Dead and Buried (1981)
Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, the screenwriters behind the highly successful Alien, turned their attention to earthbound terrors with this creepy horror tale. Dead and Buried focuses on Dan Gillis (James Farentino), a man who has recently returned to his hometown of Potter's Bluff to be its sheriff. His job becomes difficult when a series of strangers who visit Potter's Bluff begin dying in violent and mysterious ways. To make matters worse, his wife, Janet (Melody Anderson), has begun to act strangely, taking an odd interest in voodoo and acting like she might be having an affair. As the murder victims pile up, Gillis discovers that all his troubles have an occult origin that has to do with the town's elderly mortician, Dobbs (Jack Albertson, in his final feature film role). Gillis gets to the bottom of the mystery, only to discover that the truth is much worse than he imagined. Despite effective direction and solid acting, Dead and Buried got lost in the shuffle of the early '80s horror boom and failed to click with the movie-going public. However, it later gained an audience via home video and cable and remains a minor cult favorite today thanks to its singular blend of creepy atmosphere and gruesome shocks. … More
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Critic Reviews for Dead and Buried
While Dead and Buried is undeniably cheesy and clichéd here and there, it's a surprisingly competent and effective film for being so little-known.
Director Gary Sherman stills the camera only long enough to compose deep-focus Gothic
Dead & Buried is indescribable to modern audiences despite its familiar elements
The kind of horror movie that can't be made in Hollywood today -- serious but not high-minded, meticulously crafted but not showy.
Seriously creepy and inventive little thriller. Check it out!
Audience Reviews for Dead and Buried
Time has taken a toll on this '80's offering but Dead and Buried retains a measure of macabre creepiness that compensates for its campy transparency.More
This horror movie combines a bunch of really creepy elements. It's got witchcraft, zombies, and a whole town of people attacking travelers. I was really surprised, as this movie starts out so seemingly dull, and then escalates quickly into your worst nightmare. Plus, the ending is great. This is a good horror movie.More
Dead and Buried has an amazing concept and looks beautiful. Why it almost completely lacks memorable characters and a well thought out plot, it's at heart a really cool horror story. The idea of it is ridiculous, but somehow it works in the end. I find it hilarious that Grandpa Joe from Willy Wonka ended up being a deranged mortician. What this really needed to be was a short film or part of something like Creepshow because you can only do so much with such a particular concept. The opening is the most suspenseful and well put together part of the movie, but after that it just sort've loses its edge. However, this movie has a great style and totally nails the spooky small town atmosphere.More
Dead & Buried is an incredible horror film from the creators of Alien. I really don't know how to describe this film. People have said that this is a zombie film, and I guess they're right in a way. Strangers in Potter's Bluff are murdered in horrific ways, and they return from the grave to kill. Dead & Buried is a well executed horror film that focuses on the atmosphere to create the tension on screen. There's plenty of tension and horror on screen. Dan O'Bannon's script is solid, and he definitely knows to create good horror. Dead & Buried is a gem of a horror film. The film is kinda of a zombie but is also different in many ways. The film will definitely appeal to gore fans and O'Bannon fans. Dead & Buried is a terrific horror film that is very creepy and is very disturbing too. Watching this film, you realize that they don't make horror films like this anymore. Films that rely on atmosphere to create effective, chilling horror. Dead & Buried is an effective horror film that should definitely be on every horror fans viewing list. Dead & Buried is an entertaining film with very acting, pacing, plot and directing. I thought that this film was superb and is one of horror's many classic films. A fine zombie film if you can call it that. Dead & Buried is an excellent horror film that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.More
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