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31 Days Of Horror: DEAD & BURIED

For the next 31 days, we here at Adamantium Bullet will be reviewing one horror film a day leading up to Halloween. Each film will be horrific, terrifying, chilling, pulse-pounding, or flat-out awful. All will be endured in honor of the season. Expect SPOILERS. Welcome to Adamantium Bullet’s “All 80s” edition of 31 DAYS OF HORROR.

In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee check out the 1981 slow burn shocker DEAD & BURIED starring James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Robert Englund, and Jack Albertson.

Something very strange is happening in the quite coastal village of Potters Bluff where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed, then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff (James Farentino) and an eccentric mortician (Oscar® winner Jack Albertson in his final feature film performance) must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well …and no one is ever really DEAD & BURIED.

Eleven, maybe zero. All depends on how you feel about characters being murdered then re-animated. We feel that if a character is brought back then it isn’t really a KILL if they are killed, but you might feel differently. So, that established, the on-screen BODY COUNT is eleven, but none of those characters stay dead for very long. Make of that what you will.

The “death” of George/Freddie (Christopher Allport) was absolutely brutal. Poor bastard is seduced on the beach by Lisa (Lisa Blount), followed by a dozen villagers beating him within an inch of his life, wrapping him in a net, stringing him up to pole, lighting him ON FIRE, and sending him to the hospital with most of skin burnt off. His death only comes when Lisa, dressed as a nurse, comes to visit and stabs him in the f*cking eyeball with a massive needle.

Lisa is briefly topless early on ...and that's about it.

The final ten minutes of DEAD & BURIED is a rollicking rollercoaster of weird and wild. Expect both shock and awe.

Ron (Dennis Redfield), Linda (Nancy Locke), and Jamie (Mark & Michael Courtney) make the rookie horror movie mistake of abandoning the safety of their wrecked vehicle in the middle of the night to search a spooky, cobweb-filled old mansion for a telephone. Honestly, every moment involving Ron and his family could be considered an IDIOT MOMENT. That whole family was just the worst.


> DEAD & BURIED was Jack Albertson's final theatrical film (although he filmed another made-for-television movie the same year he died). In poor health, and suffering from cancer all through filming, Albertson passed away a few months after this movie's release. He nonetheless lived long enough to see it at its world premiere in Hollywood, in which he attended in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank and mask.

> Gary Sherman intentionally chose foggy weather conditions, in which to film, while on-location in California. The film's setting is supposed to be Maine, and the locations looked most like northern New England when the weather was foggy. In addition, Sherman liked the ominous mood the gloomy weather created.

> During filming, Director Gary Sherman purposely avoided letting the color red be visible in any scene, so the sight of blood during the murder sequences would be all the more shocking. Sherman even went as far as to have the taillights of vehicles replaced with purple lights, instead of the normal red.

> Stan Winston's special effects went beyond creating gore for the film. The figure in the full body cast lying in George LeMoyne's hospital bed was a mechanical dummy built by Winston. The life-like detail and elaborate movements the dummy was rigged to make gives the appearance that its a real person and makes the infamous needle-eye stab all the more startling.

> Due to child labor laws, the filmmakers could not get permission to use the boys who played Jamie at night. Because the kids' entire part took place at night, a huge tent was constructed that completely covered the family car and the haunted house, making it look like it was nighttime underneath it. To properly ventilate inside the tent so that the cast and crew could breathe, fans were set up. But they made so much noise, that the live sound that was recorded during filming was unusable. So all of these scenes had to be dubbed by the actors and actresses in post-production. This is why Nancy Locke's mouth is frequently moving when she's not talking.

> In a 1983 interview with Starburst promoting BLUE THUNDER, O’Bannon disowned this movie, claiming that Ronald Shusett had actually written it by himself, but needed O'Bannon's name on the project, promising he would implement some of O'Bannon's changes. Upon seeing the finished film, O'Bannon realized that Shusett hadn't included his material, but it was too late for him to take his name off the credits.

> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this review was sourced from Wikipedia and IMDB.

Posted by J. Bryant

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