Dead & Buried is a horror movie from 1981, the film was also on the British video nasty list. But somehow on its release this movie wasn’t such a big hit, but it got a cult following. I had already seen Dead & Buried before with a friend. But I loved this film so much and Carola hadn’t seen it. And since we were going to meet Robert Englund at Amsterdam Comic Con we decided to buy this DVD on marktplaats (kind of the Dutch eBay). I wanted to get this specific edition very bad and I’m really glad I did. I got the 2 disc special edition released by Anchor Bay.
The movie takes place in a small coastal village called Potters Bluff. The movie opens with a scene were a photographer is taken pictures of a woman . But soon the towns people show up and the photographer is beaten and gets burned alive. This opening of the film is so heavy and sets the tone immediately I think. After that more tourist are getting killed. Sheriff Dan Gilles (James Farentino) starts to investigate the murders with the help of mortician William G. Dobbs (Jack Albertson). But more strange seem to be going on in the once quite town. The dead don’t seem to be dead at all.
I think the movie is kind of hard to describe. It may sound like a typical zombie movie, but it’s not. I don’t even think it actually is a zombie film. I guess you just have to see it to know what I mean ;). I honestly don’t get why this movie isn’t more well known. I think it is an absolute classic an deserves more attention than it has already gotten. The movie is very suspenseful, the story just kept me on the edge of my seat the entire movie even the second time watching it. It has great atmosphere and some great special effects. Though the movie is very gory at some times this isn’t what this movie keeps going. The acting is also just great James Farentino does an excellent job at portraying the local Sherriff. He gets sucked into these murder cases and you see him almost going mad at times. Also Jack Albertson who plays the mortician is just phenomenal. He is just so strange and has something about him you can quite grasp. And like I said before even Robert Englund (for those who don’t know is best known for his role as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street films) has a small role in it as one of the towns people.
I have to mention the special effects in this film. Stan Winston did the makeup effects on this one. He also did makeup effects in Aliens, Terminator 2, Batman Returns, Pearl Harbor and many more. The effects and makeup are just simply amazing and very creative. I love that the movie doesn’t rely on special effects but are there to give the film this extra touch. The film also has a great soundtrack with very eerie music which was always very suitable to the setting.
Anchor Bay did an excellent job on this one. The picture and sound quality are just great. Also nice to see that the movie is released in its original aspect ratio (16 x 9 Anamorphic 1:85:1). You can also watch the film with 2 different audio commentary tracks. One with director Gary A. Sherman and one with Co-writer/Co-producer Ronald Shusett and actress Linda Turley. I haven’t watched it with any of the audio commentaries so I don’t know how they are like. The second this has some nice features I contains 3 videos/interviews each about 15 minutes . The first one is an interview with Stan Winston who did the makeup effects. He talks a bit about his history with makeup effects and how some of the effects on Dead & Buried are done. The second is an interview with Robert Englund were he talks about his role in this film and the film itself. The third video is an interview with Dan O’Bannon who did the screen play, he talks how the movie came about and his thoughts about it. The disc also contains 2 trailers and 1 teaser. And also biographies of some of the cast & crew. Also there are 2 still galleries, one with pictures from the film and the other one with pictures from the film’s locations. The extras were all new extras and I think are a great addition. The DVD also comes with a 2 page booklet with some insights on the film. You can see that Anchor Bay has a lot of love for this movie.
To me this movie is just an absolute classic and a must have for any horror movie fan out there. Although it’s more of mixture of thriller and horror actually. I you haven’t seen it go watch it NOW!! I you want to buy the DVD buy this one, NOW!!!! ;)