One day, a photographer from St. Louis goes to a beach located in a small town called Potter's Bluff. He takes some pictures until he runs into a sexy blonde who calls herself Lisa. He takes some pictures of her until she unbuttons her blouse, saying do you want me. He comes closer until a group of people beat him up and put him in a net. The weirdest part is that the people have cameras and take pictures of him. Before they set him on fire, one the people say, "Welcome to Potter's Bluff," a line you will hear throughout the film.
During the night, a car is spotted on fire. The police arrived to investigate, including the head sheriff. Also involved is a mortician, played by the late Jack Albertson, who playes one of the weirdest people you will ever meet on screen. The sheriff, played by James Farentino, spots what seems to be a corpse in the car. His suspicion is that the corpse was already burnt before the car was lit on fire. As one the people touch the corpse, the corpse just all of a sudden screams. It turns out that the corpse was the photographer, who was burnt in the first scene of the movie. As the sheriff investigates the crime, local people turn up murdered by the same group who burnt the photographer, who dies in a horrific scene you got to see to believe. While the sheriff investigates the other crimes, it turns out that his wife is starting to get interested in witchcraft. Also, a local hotel manager tells the sheriff that his wife knew the photographer. The sheriff starts to look into the murders until a horrible secret comes out involving him, his wife, and the mortician.
Dead and Buried was a good film, but I didn't get the real reason behind the plot. The plot did not really explain the reasons why people were killed and the reason behind the weirdness of the town, which is the reason why I gave it 4 stars. Other than that, Blue Underground has done a wonderful job of reviving this lost film.
Another fact to bring up was that Jack Albertson was dying of cancer the same time he played this roll. A possible theory was that he knew he did not have much time to live and that taking this roll was kind of ironic, given that this film dealt with death. But, this was a roll that was a perfect sendoff to this actor who was good on TV as well as on film.
Again, another good job by Blue Underground. Check out the extras including three audio commentaries, an interview with Robert Englund, who portrayed one of the characters before he became Freddy Kreuger, a look at Stan Winston's early EFX, and more.
Directed by Gary A. Sherman (Deathline, Poltergeist 3, Vice Squad) made an effected genuinely fantasy horror film with a sense of humour. This film was a miss at the Box Office in 1981. The film also stars:Melody Anderson (Flash Gordon), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street Series) and Oscar-Winner:Lisa Blount (An Officer and an Gentleman). Also Barry Corbin and Micheal Patiki appears in bit parts. The film features One of the First theatrical Make-Up Effects work by Oscar-Winner:Stan Winston (The Terminator Series). One of the Best Scenes in the movie is the Infamous Controversial Hypodermic Needle in the Eyeball Scene is a Classic. Since this is a Limited Edition, I have number 7629 out of 50000.
DVD Features are Good, including Three Commentaries Tracks by the Narrator for Blue Underground:David Gregory for all Three Tracks with the Filmmakers:Director-Sherman, Co-Screenwriter:Ronald Shusett, Shusett`s Wife:Linda Turley and Cinematographer:Steve Poster. The First Track Director:Sherman shares his Stories with Gregory about that he missed his Original Cut, which now it doesn`t exist. The Second Track Co-Screenwriter:Shusett and his wife:Turley shares stories with Gregory about Shusett`s Experiences as a Writer-Writting Popular Movies like Alien, Total Recall & Minority Report and Shusett`s wife mentions some of the errors in the film and the good times, she had on the set with her husband. The Third Track Cinematographer:Poster takes about the lighting, camerawork and locations of the film with Gregory. DVD Features also has Theatrical Trailers, Poster & Still Gallery, Three Featurettes with Stan Winston, Robert Englund and Co-Screenwriter:Dan O`Bannon & Steve Poster`s Location Stills. DVD has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an fine Digitally Remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Expanded Surround Sound (Also in DTS 6.1 Expanded Surround Sound). This is a Nicely Done Horror Film, which is certainly One of the Best Horror Fantasy Movies from the early 80`s. Written by Ronald Shusett and Dan O`Bannon (Alien, Bleeders, Total Recall). From a Story by Jeff Millar & Alex Stern. Grade:A-.