dead and buriedBlue Underground
1981
R

“You can try to kill me, Dan.  But you can’t.  You can only make me dead.”

Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed, then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when those slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town.  Now the local sheriff and an eccentric mortician must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well…and no one is ever really Dead & Buried.

Dead & Buried is a movie title I came across in one of my Zombie Movie books, giving this a pretty good review.  So, having noticed it on the streaming, I decided to give the thing a go, despite having not heard of the movie outside of that book.

And I must say, this was an instance where I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining this movie was.  No, it’s not perfect by any means: The pacing is rather slow-burn, the budget was a bit on the anemic side, and the zombies aren’t of the traditional type that most are used to (the flesh eating variety, maybe more of the black-magic voodoo type).  But, there is a very palpable sense of dread and an oppressive atmosphere throughout that really sets things from the beginning that I find favorable in horror movies like this.  As I said, this has more of a slow-burn pacing, which I think works towards the movie’s favor, but anyone more familiar with modern horror movies will get bored pretty quick.  There are some very effective squirm-educing shots, especially one involving a needle and an eyeball.  And the way the mystery unfolds still won’t prepare you for the twist at the end of this flick.  Oh, and did I mention, this movie features a pre-Nightmare Robert Englund?  Well, it does.

Overall, Dead & Buried is a very decent early 1980s supernatural flick involving weird townsfolk and stuff.  Highly recommend a viewing some stormy night.