31 Horror Films #28 Dead and Buried 1981 Dir. Gary Sherman

Last year I did a series of daily micro blogs going through the history of horror films by year. This was meant to give people an example of the high points of the genre. This year I'll be doing the same thing, but going off the beaten path to provide some films you may not have heard of. These films may not be up your alley, but they're all interesting.

Dead and Buried 1981 Dir. Gary Sherman

Start to finish, Dead and Buried plays like a feature length E.C. horror comic, but in the best possible way. The film features shades of Poe and Lovecraft and from the opening sequence where a photographer is beaten, tied to a stake and set on fire, the film methodically chugs along with stretches of Agatha Christie-like investigation punctuated by moment like this one. It's this mix of mystery and harsh terror that make this movie so special. Dead and Buried toes the line between the "cozy catastrophe" genre and serious horror like few films I've seen.

Dead and Buried follows Sheriff Dan Gillis, as he tries to piece together why tourists are dying in his small new England town. Meanwhile, Gillis' wife has some mysterious nocturnal activities of her own. Aided by the town coroner, Dobbs, Gillis follows a trail of daily murders before realizing that it's the very townspeople he serves and protects that are the killers…but why? I can't explain any more than that without ruining the film. If you like mystery mixed with shocking horror, Dead and Buried should be your cup of tea.

Watch the Trailer HERE

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