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.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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James Farentino
as Sheriff Dan Gillis
Melody Anderson
as Janet Gillis
Jack Albertson
as William G. Dobbs
Nancy Locke
as Linda
Lisa Blount
as Girl on Beach
Bill Quinn
as Ernie
Christopher Allport
as George/Freddie
Joe Medalis
as Doctor
Lisa Marie
as Hitchhiker
Linda Turley
as Waitress
Ed Bakey
as Fisherman
Robert Boler
as Haskell
Jill Fosse
as Nurse
Renee McDonnell
as Girl No. 1
Dottie Catching
as Lady Car Passenger
Colby Smith
as Female Stranger
Judy Ashton
as Joyce
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 (11)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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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 and Buried is one exceedingly creepy experience. It's a gruesome, slightly gory take on the whole >Invasion of the Body Snatchers/Night of the Living Dead dynamic.

Full Review… | January 25, 2009

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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
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
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.

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