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Potters Bluff, Rhode Island. may seem to be a sleepy little town. At least for the casual visitor and the local sheriff, Daniel Gillis. However, all of a sudden, there are a lot of strange murders where strangers or people passing through are killed by mobs of townspeople. Only Sheriff Gillis has no clue to what's going on. Fortunately, the town has an excellent undertaker, William G. Dobbs, who is happy to take care of this sudden death-wave which is good for his business. Gillis soon discovers clues that lead to many of the local inhabitants involved in the killings, including his own wife Janet.
The writers of alien... ...bring a new terror to earth.
Title: Dead & Buried
Release Date: May 29, 1981
Runtime: 94 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Buried.com Rating: 7.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: R
James Farentino ...Sheriff Dan Gillis
Melody Anderson ...Janet Gillis
Jack Albertson ...William G. Dobbs
Dennis Redfield ...Ron
Nancy Locke ...Linda (as Nancy Locke Hauser)
Lisa Blount ...Girl on the Beach / Lisa
Robert Englund ...Harry
Bill Quinn ...Ernie
Michael Currie ...Herman
Christopher Allport ...George Le Moyne / Freddie
Joseph G. Medalis ...Doctor (as Joe Medalis)
Macon McCalman ...Ben
Lisa Marie ...Hitchhiker
Estelle Omens ...Betty
Barry Corbin ...Phil
Linda Shusett ...Waitress (as Linda Turley)
Ed Bakey ...Fisherman
Glenn Morshower ...Jimmy
Robert Boler ...Mr. Haskell
Michael Pataki ...Sam
Jill Fosse ...Nurse
Mark Courtney ...Jamie
Michael Courtney ...Jamie
Renee McDonell ...Girl #1
Dottie Catching ...Lady Car Passenger
Colby Smith ...Female Stranger
Judy Ashton ...Joyce
Tony Cecere ...Townsperson
Bill Couch ...Townsperson
Bill Couch Jr. ...Townsperson
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Michael I. Rachmil
Richard R. St. Johns
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- The writers of alien... ...bring a new terror to earth.
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- It will take your breath away... all of it.
- Dobbs: You can try to kill me, Dan. But you can't. You can only make me dead.
Dan Gillis: How do you do it? How did you bring them back to life? Dobbs: Call it black magic. Call it a medical breakthrough. I'll take my secret to the grave.
Janet Gillis: Dan, I'm dead! Please bury me!
[last lines] Dobbs: Come Dan, let me fix those for you!
Dan Gillis: Betty and her toys. There's nobody else to talk to on that damn police channel and she can't call me by my name. That's TV cop shows, Harry. That's what does it. Harry: Do you think the county would let me have this rig for salvage? Dan Gillis: Anyhow, she said that he was on his way. Harry: Okay, no hurry. The fellow in there is a definite goner. Get a good gander that that face, Danny?
- Director Sherman originally intended this movie to be a dark comedy
Due to child labor laws, the filmmakers could not get permission to use the boys who played Jamie at night. Because the kids' entire part took place at night, a huge tent was constructed that completely covered the family car and the haunted house, making it look like it was nighttime underneath it. To properly ventilate inside the tent so that the cast and crew could breathe, fans were set up. But they made so much noise that the live sound that was recorded during filming was unusable. So all of these scenes had to be dubbed by the actors in post-production. This is why Nancy Locke's mouth is frequently moving when she's not talking.
The film suffered a lot of interference from PSO International, the third financer who bought out the second financer, Aspen (who in turn had bought Guinness, the original financer). PSO wanted to emphasize gore over comedy, the latter of which Gary Sherman's directors' cut had concentrated on. As a result, numerous scenes were cut or shortened, and two scenes of graphic violence were tacked on at PSO's request: the killing of the drunk fisherman (Ed Bakey) and the acid death of Doc (Joe Medalis). The death of the fisherman (which was originally an off-screen kill in the first cut) was done by Stan Winston, but they could not get Winston back to off the doctor (which was not in the first cut at all, as he was supposed to be dead already), so another FX team was used on that one sub-par effect.
The effects team who created the "dissolving head" effect for Doc's murder mentioned in an interview that the director had originally told them that he wanted to do the scene in one unbroken shot, meaning they had to build a head that was both convincing and also would "melt" the way they wanted it to. They lamented the fact that, while they did the best they could with what they had, the director ended up using a cutaway shot anyway, which would have given them the opportunity to make the scene much more realistic.
Melody Anderson's reactions to being shot were very authentic. One of the squibs set to explode under her dress actually flew upward very close to her ear and gave her a scare, it also caused her to lose hearing in her right ear for a few moments.
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