Buried Alive (1990)

Buried Alive (1990)





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Produced for cable TV, this pedestrian thriller (also known as Till Death Do Us Part) purports to be a riff on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Premature Burial" but actually bears more of a resemblance to Diabolique. It stars Tim Matheson as a cheated-upon husband who can't stay down after his wife's (Jennifer Jason Leigh) unsuccessful attempt to poison him results in his being buried alive. The film's one real moment of horror comes in a claustrophobic sequence where Matheson desperately claws his way out of his coffin. The story then settles into a standard revenge motif, capped with an admittedly potent payoff that, though intriguing, is probably not as shocking as the filmmakers had intended.
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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MCA Entertainment


Tim Matheson
as Clint Goodman
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Joanna Goodman
William Atherton
as Cortland 'Cort' van Owen
Hoyt Axton
as Sheriff Sam Eberly
Jay Gerber
as Quintan
Wayne Grace
as Bill Scorby
Peg Shirley
as Helen Eberley
David Youse
as Billy
Michael Keep
as Foreman
Jan Merlin
as Attorney
Dale Swann
as Fire Captain
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This was surprisingly good for a made-for-tv film and even had a few big stars in it. A definite recommended title if you can find it.

Andrew Lawson
Andrew Lawson

Frank Darabont's feature film debut is a made-for-TV horror movie about a man murdered by his wife and her lover, only she botches the poisoning and he only appears dead and is buried alive. He then escapes the grave to seek revenge. The movie isn't terrible, but it is sort of average. Not really worth recommending, unless you'd like to see some of Darabont's pre-Shawshank work.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

Tim Matheson stars as a working man who's wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is cheating on with a doctor (William Atherton). They plan on killing him and they think they succeeded when they heavily drug him. But it wears off when he's underground and buried. He digs himself out and is soon plotting revenge. The movie is better than you'd expect and the performances are perfect. It offers plenty of suspense and it's funny in a dark sort of way.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

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