Dead and Buried (1981)

September 30, 2009 - 6:34pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: dead and buried, Gary Sherman, Jack Albertson, James Farentino, Joseph G. Medalis, Melody Anderson, Robert Englund, underrated, Zombie Movies

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Gary Sherman
James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Robert Englund, Joseph G. Medalis

I heard very little of this movie before actually seeing it, so I watched it not knowing much about the plot or anything. Judging from the title and the plot you would think that it's pretty much a zombie movie, but it's actually not really a zombie film at all. Despite the fact that the dead do return to life due to some voodoo the "zombies" look like normal people. They are what you would call a "voodoo zombie" where they look normal and aren't as vicious or have the same zombie characters we've seen in other movies.

I actually enjoyed the movie and especially the ending, which caught me off guard. I believe the ending is probably what I enjoyed most about this. The story starts interesting enough with a guy taking pictures of a beautiful woman when out of nowhere a mob of townspeople surround him. They end up taking pictures while killing him. Through most of the beginning you are left a bit confused as to why the townspeople are killing any new people who wander into their town. It all falls together towards the end.

I was surprised to see Freddy Krueger star, Robert Englund, in the movie. He had a small role as one of the crazy murderous townspeople; Very cool to see a familiar face in the horror industry for such an old film. The directing wasn't bad and the acting was pretty good. I would have given the movie a higher rating, but I wanted the people to be more zombie-like and if the movie had more action going on in the middle I would have enjoyed it more. I really liked the movie either way. I believe this movie is out of print so it'll be hard to find.

A good underrated horror film to come out of the 80s. It's not your typical zombie film. These zombies are far different from the brain-eaters you usually see. Check this movie out if you can find it.

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