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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.

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Cast

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 (11)

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.

February 23, 2010 | Full Review…

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

December 8, 2009 | Full Review…

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

September 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: A-

Dead and Buried isn't awful, but it's not good either.

November 8, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Seriously creepy and inventive little thriller. Check it out!

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5

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

½

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
Conner Rainwater

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