Movie Review: Dead & Buried (1981)

Dead & Buried - Berk ReviewsDead & Buried is a 1981 science fiction/ horror film directed by Gary Sherman (Poltergeist III). I give this movie the rating: Must See Film.

Dead & Buried is a crazy, sci-fi horror film!

I have an awful sense of time but I think it was about two-ish years ago that I first came across this movie on Netflix. I enjoyed it very much but couldn’t really remember much about the storyline or what about it had actually piqued my interest.

Dead & Buried - Berk ReviewsI recently went looking for it in their lineup and much to my chagrin it had been removed. I have tried to cut down on the physical copies I purchase because I get tired of owning so much stuff but I thought this would be one I wouldn’t mind owning. So, Off to Amazon I went.

Dan Gillis (James Farentino) is sheriff of the seemingly quiet, small coastal town of Potter’s Bluff. All of a sudden people passing through start turning up dead. The sheriff is absolutely baffled when murders start happening daily. Even more eerie is when the dead are reanimated and become residents of Potter’s Bluff.

Dead & Buried - Berk ReviewsDobbs is the local mortician/coroner. He is eccentric and obsessed with his craft. He painstakingly works to cosmetically restore the deceased to their living splendor. There are a couple of scenes in the movie he gets angry that there will not be an open casket viewing so show off his skill.

I was pretty impressed by the cast! Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger!) plays Harry. Dobbs is acted by Jack Albertson. You may remember him as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Bill Quinn (Twilight Zone: The Movie and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds) is Ernie.

I loved the inventive storyline. It refrained from copping out and turning into your run of the mill zombie flick. Between the great building of atmosphere and the fun cast, I think this is a movie any horror fan should see!

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