Dead and Buried (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dead and Buried (1981)




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The sheriff of a small town in New England (James Farentino) is investigating a series of gruesome tourist murders around the area. He is doubly shocked to find that several of the victims have returned from the dead.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Millar, Alex Stern, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2003
Blue Underground - Official Site


James Farentino
as Sheriff Dan Gillis
Melody Anderson
as Janet Gillis
Jack Albertson
as William G. Dobbs
Lisa Blount
as Girl on Beach
Christopher Allport
as George/Freddie
Lisa Marie
as Hitchhiker
Linda Turley
as Waitress
Ed Bakey
as Fisherman
Robert Boler
as Haskell
Renee McDonnell
as Girl No. 1
Dottie Catching
as Lady Car Passenger
Colby Smith
as Female Stranger
Bill Couch
as Townsperson
Bill Couch Jr.
as Townsperson
Tony Cecere
as Townsperson
Angelo DeMeo
as Townsperson
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Critic Reviews for Dead and Buried

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 23, 2010

Director Gary Sherman stills the camera only long enough to compose deep-focus Gothic

Full Review… | December 8, 2009

Dead & Buried is indescribable to modern audiences despite its familiar elements

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Film Freak Central

The kind of horror movie that can't be made in Hollywood today -- serious but not high-minded, meticulously crafted but not showy.

August 27, 2003
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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