Dead and buried

After the gruesome murder of a photographer, mysteriously burnt alived, Dan Gillis, the sheriff of the town of Potter's Bluff investigates, seconded by forensic examiner William G. Dobbs.

An unjustly little known small master of genre cinema, director Gary Sherman (Poltergeist 3, Death Line) joins with Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, the talents writers of Alien and Total Recall to sign this macabre and relentless tale. This film also saw the beginnings of two more talented luminaries of fantasy films, the young Stan Winston on special effects (Terminator, The Thing, Predator) and on the camera photographer Steven Poster (Donnie Darko). A gem !

Jean-Pierre Dionnet

The most horrible horror film in the world ? Maybe. Back in the days of Metal Hurlant, I often ran into Dan O'Bannon who told me he wanted to write a film more terrifying than the EC comic books... And he succeeded with this film directed by Gary Sherman, whose first feature film Death Line was already very scary.

O'Bannon co-wrote the first Carpenter movie, Dark Star (1974), then spent five years working on Jodorowski's Dune before writing the script for Alien. He then achieved success as a scriptwriter with Blue Thunder and directed two outstanding films : Return of the Dead that didn't receive the success it deserved and The Resurrected, an excellent Lovecraftian film that flopped, before his death after a long illness.

We're in a little Californian town on the seaside where living is easy, or rather dying is easy, and in the horriblest way possible.

You think we must be mad, desperate, manipulated? No, no way.

Dead and buried. 1981. Color. 92mn. Original version with French subtitles. USA. Horror.
Direction: Gary Sherman. Production: Robert Fentress, Richard R. St. Johns, Ronald Shusett. Screenplay: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett. Editing: Alan Balsam. Photography: Steven Poster. With: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield.
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