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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dead and Buried (1981)

The tag line for Dead and Buried reads "The creators of ALIEN bring a new terror to earth."  Translation: This film really sucks but we hope we can sucker you into seeing it.  Did it work?  Well, it worked on me!  Guilty as charged.
Dead and Buried can be best described as a crime drama/witchcraft zombie story that looks like a made-for-TV movie.  The script is predictable and smells like a second rate Stephen King rip off.  The direction is uninspired and the not-so-special effects are more funny than terrifying.
Dead and Buried also wastes the talents of a perfectly good cast.  James Farentino [Police Story, Dynasty and Blue Thunder] stars as Sheriff Dan Gillis who investigates a series of murders in the quiet seaside town of Potter Bluff and eventually discovers it's dark secret.  Jack Albertson [Chico and the Man] and Melody Anderson [Flash Gordon] also star with a small character role by the one and only Robert Englund [Freddy Krueger].  In spite of their acting pedigrees, each gives a rather lackluster performance. I chalk that up to bad directing.
Finally, these are not Romero gut-munching zombies.  These have more in common with early zombie flicks of the 30's and 40's.  Ho-hum.  Skip this one unless you're really hard up for entertainment.  There are so many great films out there.  Dead and Buried should have stayed dead and buried.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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