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½ February 2, 2013
there really isn't a whole lot going on in this one
there's only bits and pieces of scary stuff happening but its all too brief
the real stuff only happens at the end and even then it doesn't amount to anything
the idea of resurrecting the dead is still very scary especially when it comes to what these townsfolk do by killing newcomers and bringing them back to look like they're a part of the population
being dead and alive at the same time has a number of ramifications like avoiding getting sick, growing old, going hungry, and fatigue
no one wants to be a living corpse though and being laid to rest for good seems like the last path to take
terrifying but the movie needed more frights to really stay with me
½ April 10, 2015
A nice little surprise of a horror movie with interesting twist and turns.
October 28, 2014
A fairly slow moving plot, but this movie has plenty of sick kills and a creepy atmosphere to keep any viewer interested till the end. The twists are pretty good and while it is VERY predictable, it is still a proper ending that works. The acting is also very good and Jack Albertson (grandpa from Willy Wonka) is especially great. Definitely recommended.
October 28, 2014
Welcome to Potter's Bluff! A creepy small town with a secret... A great place to visit, but a terrible place to die--Depraved, Shocking, and Soul-Searing. The best John Carpenter movie John Carpenter didn't direct... Dead and buried, but not forgotten!!
½ May 25, 2014
Dead & Buried is a peculiar horror film. Hell, it's hard to describe it without spoiling plot twists. It's also a strange blend of various elements, as it is not only a horror film, but also has elements of drama, mystery, comedy, and sci-fi all rolled into one gruesome, demented, creepy, and really fun package.

The town of Potter's Field is a nice place to live...but only if you're one of the residents. Anyone who dares to visit or is just making a pit stop will find themselves murdered at the hands of the frightening townspeople who also love to take pictures of their deeds.

As more people turn up dead and strange things begin happening (Like seeing the dead visitors alive and well again, only they seem to be part of the town), the sheriff, Dan Gillis must unravel what is really going on in his beloved town and who is really behind all these murders and what the motivations of the demented townspeople truly are.

What makes Dead & Buried so much fun to watch is that it makes you keep guessing what's going to happen and what's really going on. It's filled with many surprises and twists, making for a very engaging and intriguing mystery of a horror film that has a great deal more depth than most other horror films. Plus, I feel that it is a very successful blend of various genres and it succeeds at all of them.

Bolstering the scary atmosphere and mystery storyline is the solid acting across the board. The cast members threw themselves into their roles and gave life to their quirky characters in the best ways. They really seemed to come to life and it was always fun to watch their performances. You're always left wanting to know even more about them.

Plus, it's a very creepy film, especially as the plot twists begin to unfold. There's suspense, there's tension, there's gruesome violence, and the characters become scarier as their motivations are revealed, or are faced with shocking revelations that could tear them apart.

In the end, Dead & Buried is a kick-ass horror cult classic. It's weird, engaging, creepy, menacing, surprising, and a hell of a lot of fun to watch from start to finish. If you love a good cult classic horror film, this is not one to pass up.
½ January 3, 2014
"Dead and Buried" is bizarre, the effects are a bit dated and obvious, and star James Farentino goes a bit over the top at times, but despite minor quibbles, it never holds back on tension and bolsters a delightfully creepy score by Joe Renzetti.
½ October 20, 2011
"Dead and Buried" is a creepy, grimy, and unique horror film punctuated with fantastic and grisly makeup effects by a young Stan Winston. There are a few cheesy moments but overall the film is quite dark and disturbing. Jack Albertson (Grandpa Joe from "Willy Wonka") gives a great final career performance as the quirky mortician, Dobbs. This hidden horror gem is a classic, in my opinion.
½ October 20, 2013
A really cool invasion/body-snatcher flick from the writers of Alien. Plays out really nice and slow. RECOMMENDED
July 20, 2013
Though it may look and seem dated, Dead and Buried is a solid horror film with moments of unsettling dread and tension. It trudges along like the undead, unsuspecting and unknowing, slowly dragging you in until you reach it's climax when your feeling quite disturbed and pleasently surprised.
½ March 20, 2013
Creepy horror with similarities to Strange Invaders. Robert Englund has a small role.
½ February 10, 2013
an ok movie, good twist at the end, star studded cast, which was good. freddie kruger, the bird from flash gordon, and the grandad from charlie and the chocolate factory to name but 3.
½ January 17, 2013
There's some gore scenes, but not enough to really recommend it based solely on that.
½ December 19, 2012
One of the most disturbing horror films ever made, it would be considered a classic were it not for the mediocre editing and directing which slows the pace of what would be an otherwise scary film. Jack Albertson gives one of his best performances as a creepy and morbid funeral director.
November 4, 2012
Loved the ending. A bit predictable though. Good effects
October 27, 2012
The townsfolk of Potters Bluff collectively murder visitors to the scenic town. All are living dead and kept together with the unique talents of the local mortician. Pretty original premise for a horror movie, this film should not be left dead and buried.
March 21, 2011
j'ai pu remettre la main sur ce "réincarnation" (titre français) de 1981 que j avais vu en VHS en 83. il m'avait marqué à l'époque par son scénario (signé Dan O'Bannon le scénariste de qq alien , total recall etc) et par son twist final. je viens de le revoir avec plaisir...
August 20, 2012
The townsfolk of Potters Bluff collectively murder visitors to the scenic town. All are living dead and kept together with the unique talents of the local mortician. Pretty original premise for a horror movie, this film should not be left dead and buried.
½ July 28, 2012
Dated special effects and a few spotty performances aside, Dead and Buried is an unexpected gem of a film. It manages to transcend the overall campiness of the proceedings with a genuinely interesting and puzzling central mystery. An original, Twilight Zone-esque film. This one seems to have been largely overlooked as one of the horror greats of the 80s.
½ July 13, 2012
surprisingly good film: scary, gory, chilling, and a hell of a twist ending
Super Reviewer
June 5, 2012
An 80's cult classic, Dead and Buried centres around a man who has returned to his small town called Potters Bluff as the new Sheriff to discover some weird shit is going down; people who have turned up dead, persumably murdered, appear to turn up again a little while later, alive and well! Obviously he tries to uncover whats going on but with little success. This has interesting characters, a great story with a feel of paranoia and impending doom and decent gore/make-up effects(for its time) and also delivers a great twist at the end at a time when twist weren't all the rage so it must have been pretty devestating back in 1981! Well worth a look for old school horror fans who like a decent story and atmosphere, not just blood and guts.
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