Monday, May 17, 2010

Dead and Buried - Needle in the Eye

If you're an old school horror fan, Dead and Buried is a must watch. You could categorize Gary Sherman's horror masterpiece as a "small town with a secret" film or just simply a "zombie" movie. Either way, Dead and Buried is a classic that has largely been ignored and forgotten by horror fans.

Plenty of great kills, but the most brutal death in the movie is a two-parter. In the opening scene our victim is minding his own business until he is seduced by a beautiful, mysterious girl on the beach. Just as he thinks he's about to get lucky, a handful of townsfolk savagely beat and burn him alive.

But it ain't over yet, the poor bastard survives! As our burn victim rests peacefully in the hospital with a full body cast, he gets a visit by a familiar face. The same mysterious girl from the beach, now disguised as a nurse, has come to finish what she started with a giant hypodermic needle, Lucio Fulci style! Thank you Stan Winston.

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1 comment:

FilmFather said... just took me back to being a traumatized 12-year-old, seeing Dead & Buried on HBO for the first time. That needle scene stuck with me (no pun intended) for days.

The scene that made me jump 3 feet in the air was when the sheriff and company go to the crime scene where the photographer is supposedly dead inside the flipped car. With the camera on the photog's burned head, a hand reaches in off-screen to touch the body, and when the hand is inches away, the photographer screams at the top of his lungs. Come to think of it, I probably did, too!