Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

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Director: Gary Sherman, James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson

Cast: Gary Sherman, James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson

     
 

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Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, the screenwriters behind the highly successful Alien, turned their attention to earthbound terrors with this creepy horror tale. Dead and Buried focuses on Dan Gillis (James Farentino), a man who has recently returned to his hometown of Potter's Bluff to be its sheriff. His job becomes difficult when a series of strangers

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Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, the screenwriters behind the highly successful Alien, turned their attention to earthbound terrors with this creepy horror tale. Dead and Buried focuses on Dan Gillis (James Farentino), a man who has recently returned to his hometown of Potter's Bluff to be its sheriff. His job becomes difficult when a series of strangers who visit Potter's Bluff begin dying in violent and mysterious ways. To make matters worse, his wife, Janet (Melody Anderson), has begun to act strangely, taking an odd interest in voodoo and acting like she might be having an affair. As the murder victims pile up, Gillis discovers that all his troubles have an occult origin that has to do with the town's elderly mortician, Dobbs (Jack Albertson, in his final feature film role). Gillis gets to the bottom of the mystery, only to discover that the truth is much worse than he imagined. Despite effective direction and solid acting, Dead and Buried got lost in the shuffle of the early '80s horror boom and failed to click with the movie-going public. However, it later gained an audience via home video and cable and remains a minor cult favorite today thanks to its singular blend of creepy atmosphere and gruesome shocks. ~ Donald Guarisco

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This horror oddity, an attempt to update Twilight Zone-styled spookiness with a splash of early '80s gore, doesn't fully achieve this aim, but remains worth a look for hardcore horror buffs. The best element of Dead and Buried is the intelligent script by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett. They populate their bizarre story with intelligent, believable characters and dole out the clues to the film's central mystery in a way guaranteed to keep the audience offguard. The film also benefits from slick direction by Gary Sherman, who crafts the film's shocks with bone-chilling verve. Highlights include the thoroughly unsettling prologue and a suspenseful nocturnal chase scene where a lost family stumbles into a seemingly deserted house that turns out to be full of killers. Unfortunately, lead actor James Farentino gives an uneven performance, going overboard on his character's hysteria near the end in way that reduces his character to a cartoon. However, Jack Albertson steals the show as the morbid but witty Dobbs, clearly relishing the chance to cut loose on such a bizarre role, and the support cast is full of familiar character actor faces like Barry Corbin and a pre-Nightmare on Elm Street Robert Englund. In the end, it's easy to see why Dead and Buried never found a big audience. It is too plot-heavy for those viewers in search of a shock machine, yet too visceral for the viewers who appreciate subtle horror. Despite this problem, Dead and Buried contains enough solid shocks and offbeat moments to make it worth a viewing for fans of creepy cult movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0827058107792
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
38,492

Special Features

Audio commentary 1 with directors Gary A. Sherman; Audio commentary 2 with co-writer/co-producer Ronald Shusett and actress Linda Turley; Audio commentary 3 with cinematographer Steve Poster; Theatrical trailers; Poster & still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Farentino Dan
Melody Anderson Janet
Jack Albertson Dobbs
Dennis Redfield Ron
Nancy Locke Linda
Lisa Blount Girl on the beach
Robert Englund Harry
Bill Quinn Ernie
Michael Currie Herman
Christopher Allport 'Freddie' the photographer,George Le Moyne
Macon McCalman Ben
Lisa Marie Hitchhiker
Estelle Omens Betty
Ed Bakey Fisherman
Tony Cecere Actor
Barry Corbin Phil
Bill Couch Actor
Joseph Medalis Doctor
Glenn Morshower Jimmy
Michael Pataki Sam

Technical Credits
Gary Sherman Director
Joe Aubel Art Director
Alan Balsam Editor
Dennis Barton Set Decoration/Design
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Robert Fentress Producer
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
Bill Jobe Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Millar Original Story
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Michael Rachmil Associate Producer
Joe Renzetti Score Composer
William Sandell Production Designer
Ronald Shusett Producer,Screenwriter
Richard St. Johns Producer
Alex Stern Original Story
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead and Buried
1. Program Start / Main Titles [3:20]
2. Pretty Lisa [6:04]
3. The Accident [4:38]
4. Boathouse Murder [2:35]
5. The Mortician [4:44]
6. "Ask Your Wife" [3:15]
7. Raising Suspicions [3:13]
8. Charred Mess [2:57]
9. Dead and Buried [3:59]
10. Middle of Nowhere [5:11]
11. "Welcome to Potters Bluff" [3:49]
12. Ghost Town [3:53]
13. Witchcraft [:32]
14. Dan's Disbelief [3:00]
15. A Lesson In Voodoo [2:47]
16. Brutalized Waif [2:36]
17. Bits of Flesh [5:26]
18. Missing Body [3:19]
19. Searching for Dobbs [4:05]
20. Criminal Record [4:05]
21. "Call it Black Magic" [4:14]
22. R.I.P. [6:56]
23. "One More Thing" [5:01]
24. End Credits [1:16]

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Dead and Buried 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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It's great to see this cool horror gem from 1981 getting the 2 dvd treatment.This living dead opus harkens back to those great horror comics of my youth in the 70s.creepy,man.Old-fashioned in that the atmosphere of the place seems as important as the movie itself.Neat bonus features with a few commentaries,3 interviews,3 trailers.Ooo-la-la.