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5.0 out of 5 stars "You can try to kill me, Dan. But you can't. You can only make me dead.", 16 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Dead And Buried [1981] [DVD] (DVD)
A photographer is on the beach taking photos of the area, when an attractive young woman appears before him. After some flirting, the man starts to take some photos of her, when suddenly he is attacked by a group of people taking photos of him. He is beaten and burned, in an attack that seemingly has no motivation. A while later the police arrive at the murder scene, and make a shocking discovery.

Sheriff Dan Gillis is investigating the crime, when he hears about yet another murder. A drunk has been discovered brutally murdered, making it two grisly attacks in the small sleepy town of Potters Bluff in a matter of days. Convinced that something strange is going on, he dedicates all his time to these murders. Things start to get creepier when it appears as though the victims of these horriffic murders, are seen alive and well with no sign of injury. Is the sheriff going crazy and imagining the whole thing? Is the townspeople playing a cruel joke on him? Are the dead coming back to life? And what does the strange elderly mortician Dobbs have to do with it?

The acting is mostly excellent, James Farentino gives a powerhouse performance in the lead role of Dan Gillis, it's his character that we follow and without his wonderful performance the film would have fallen flat. By far my favourite performance of his, despite the fact I initially thought it was Dan Lauria who played the dad in The Wonder Years. Jack Albertson is a delight as William G. Dobbs, the local mortician that seems to like his job and the dead bodies a little more than he should. Better known as Grandpa in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, he steals every scene in what was one of his last roles before his death. Melody Anderson, Lisa Blount, Christopher Allport and a young Robert Englund all offer excellent support.

Dead and Buried is well directed by Gary Sherman, who later went on to direct the slightly disappointing Poltergeist 3. Screenplay was done by Dan O'Bannon, who has done the screenplays to some of my favourite movies including Total Recall, Alien and Return Of The Living Dead. Special Effects were designed by the legend, Stan Winston. Steven Poster was the cinematographer, he did a great job as the coastal town is drab and foggy, yet beautiful. The music by Joe Renzetti also needs mentioning, I love the music in this and it adds to the atmosphere more than most films music score does.

The 2 disc Anchor Bay DVD is fantastic, the picture quality could have been a little better but the extras more than make up for it.
Audio commentary with director Gary A. Sherman.
Audio commentary from co-writer/co-producer Ronald Shusett with actress Linda Turley.
Audio commentary from cinematographer Steve Poster.
Stan Winston's Dead And Buried EFX' featurette.
Robert Englund: An Early Work Of Horror' featurette.
Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear' featurette.
Stills gallery.
Biographies.
Theatrical trailer.
English subtitles only.

I believe Dead and Buried to be one of the most underrated horror films of the '80s, I adore it and I'm struggling to think of anything negative to say about it. The death scenes are shocking and sudden, there's some nudity and gore, at least three scenes stuck with me for years after I first saw it at maybe twelve years old, the ending was great and it didn't feel contrived and tacked on, the atmosphere is terrific, the film moves at a leisurely pace without being boring and the subtle horror is nice when compared to today's "in your face" techniques.

Dead and Buried is a wonderful subtle horror film with outstanding performances from Farentino and Albertson, definitely in my top 10 '80s horror movies and a film that deserves to be far better known than it is. 5 star movie, 5 star release from Anchor Bay.
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2012, 22:33:43 BST
gille liath says:
"Dead and Buried is well directed by Gary Sherman, who later went on to direct the slightly disappointing Poltergeist 3."

That's what I call a recommendation! ;)

Nice review, though.
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