Dead & Buried (1981)

Dead & Buried (1981)

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Sheriff Dan Gillis has a nice life with his wife, the teacher Janet Gillis, in the small coastal and friendly town of Potter’s Bluff. When visitors are mysterious killed in the town, Sheriff Gillis investigates the cases carefully and finds that dead people are reanimating and coming back to life. Dan finds a book of witchcraft and voodoo in his wife’s drawer and he suspects that she might be practicing black magic. Dan meets the coroner-mortician William G. Dobbs and learns the dreadful and surprising secret.

Dead & Buried is a 1981 science fiction horror film directed by Gary Sherman, starring Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, and James Farentino. The film focuses on a small town wherein a few tourists are murdered, but their corpses begin to reanimate. With a screenplay written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, the movie was initially banned as a “video nasty” in the UK in the early 1980s, but was later acquitted of obscenity charges and removed from the Director of Public Prosecutions’ list.

While the film made less money at the box office, it has received praise from critics regarding Stan Winston’s special effects, and Albertson’s role. Aside from the film subsequently novelized by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, the film has obtained a cult following in the years since its release. In a 1983 interview with Starburst promoting Blue Thunder, O’Bannon disowned the film (he claimed that Shusett written by himself but needed O’Bannon’s name on the project, and promised he would make some changes; on seeing the finished film O’Bannon realised that Shusett had done nothing of the sort, but it was too late for him to take his name off the credits).

Dead & Buried Movie Poster (1981)

Dead & Buried (1981)

Directed by: Gary Sherman
Starring: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield, Nancy Locke, Lisa Blount, Robert Englund, Christopher Allport
Screenplay by: Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon
Cinematography by: Steven Poster
Film Editing by: Alan Balsam
Set Decoration by: Dennis Barton, Cloudia Rebar
Art Direction by: Joe Aubel, William Sandell
Music by: Joe Renzetti
Distributed by: AVCO Embassy Pictures
Release Date: May 29, 1981