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The gates of hell have opened
Professor Ayres discovers a secret in an ancient stone and when he opens a crypt, he revives zombies that kill him. He had invited three couples to visit him in his manor to reveal his discovery. However, they never get around to meeting the professor. Out of the blue, the zombies attack them and they seek shelter in the mansion.
From the writer of the unofficial, Italian sequel to the 1970s Ozploitation film Patrick, Patrick Still Lives (Piero Regnoli), comes Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror, directed by Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude for Your Killer).
Coincidentally I'm wearing my Burial Ground shirt as I type this days after rewatching it. Now THIS is one of those movies with a devoted cult following and I'm proud to be among the ranks. The English dub is so damn quotable and the cast (okay, Peter Bark) are very memorable.
In wasting absolutely NO time on pesky things like plots, the gore starts instantaneously and doesn't stop until the credits roll. It's such a simple set up that you have to respect their audacity.…
Il notti del terrore aka Burial ground is my all time favorite go to movie when everything else fail, I watch it at least once a year, it has that level of comfort. I'm not even going to bother to write a review this time, just tell you a little story.
Everyone who has seen the movie knows the effigy that is Peter Bark, the adult male with the horrendous haircut that plays the incestous Michael. You'll never forget him once you've watched it. So, fourteen years ago I met my girlfriend Susanne, now the mother of my daughter. Her cousin sews clothes for a swedish fashion designer and started her trade in the late 2000:s by moving to Rome…
Burning zombies, awful dubbing, Michael, scantily dressed ladies, terrible dialogue, Michael, maggots, icky body fluids, zombies with tools, rampant canoodling, intestine munching, Michael, a completely nonsensical plot, incest, Michael, decapitation, climbing zombies, inappropriate breastfeeding, zombie monks, Michael.
As wonderful and skanky as the rubber-masked and latex encrusted zombies are, they pale into insignificance once you've met Michael! A man-child so weird and spooky that the term 'uncanny valley' just doesn't do him justice. He's at the bottom of an uncanny crevasse, deeper and darker than the Mariana Trench!
At the 30 minute mark, you're thinking "how the fuck can they keep up this pace for another hour?" but it just keeps on giving! Could this be the perfect Italian zombie…
Film #24 of my Band-tastic Halloween Season
There's nothing like a cheap Italian zombie movie and this one is brutal.
Some of the zombies look decent and some of them are fantastic. They're not mindless, bumbling creatures either. They use tools and weapons and generally fuck up everyone's day.
Speaking of fucked up, there's this dude named Peter Bark. He plays a little boy in the movie but he looks like a tiny little 30 year old and he kind of looks like Dario Argento which is even creepier. Turns out he was a creepy-looking little person and was actually 25 when the movie was filmed. I'm not even going to go into why he's such a notorious character but…
WARNING: THIS REVIEW SMELLS OF DEATH!!!
Bianchi’s notorious zombie shocker often plays second fiddle to the likes of the Italian ‘big boys’ of the genre, with Fulci’s Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and The House by the Cemetery stealing the hearts (and brains) of most horror fans. Add to this already impressive list the likes of Marino Girolami's Zombie Holocaust, Lenzi’s fun, radioactive zombie apocalypse vehicle Nightmare City, and even Mattei’s cheese-fest Zombie Creeping Flesh, and The Nights of Terror is oft forgotten, or relegated to B-Class status.
Filmed in 1981, riding on the wave of the post Dawn of the Dead zombie craze, and hopping straight onto the Fulci zombie band-wagon, Burial Ground is…
Although I'm proud that I lived through the era where the only way to see films like this was to buy bootleg VHS tapes, it's a bit annoying that my first encounters with the likes of Burial Ground were on cropped and badly degraded prints.
88 Films' loving restoration was announced about 18 months ago, and has been available to pre-order for almost as long, but it's finally here, and it looks great! (And Mikel Coven's rundown of the director's filmography in the extras is HILARIOUS!) I wish this how I'd seen it originally, as I'd always have known what an excellent zombie flick it is. My one reservation is that the subtitles are for some reason frequently stacked four…
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater, San Francisco - Terror Tuesdays
The new 2k restoration presented by Severin is the best proof I've seen so far that seeing a battered VHS copy or a magnificent HD transfer makes a world of difference on how one may appreciate a film. The simple narrative, which does not go beyond the depth of most story-driven porn films of the golden era, of course does not improve with the new HD transfer, but just about everything else does. The film, which is shot in the iconic Villa Parisi, home to many Italian horror films, looks absolutely stunning with beautiful, naturalistic, vibrant colors and unnatural excessive reds, as we are used to in films of this kind. The zombies with their decaying heads full of maggots…
If it wasn't for Michael the man-child I don't know if I would have been interested enough to finish the film.
A timeless trash masterpiece filled with zombies that look like BLIND DEAD cosplayers, terrible fashions, uncontrolled Oedipal urges, misspelled onscreen text, and gratuitous breast-chomping.
Severin films 2K scan and restoration from immaculate film element.
If it weren't for Michael the man-child, this movie would be pretty unbearable. It is very obviously trying to recreate the style and atmosphere of Fulci, but fails on every level. They obviously thought that just having mud caked zombies walking slowly was enough to entertain/scare people, and boy were they wrong. Only Michael's weird and trashy incestuous relationship with his Mother makes the film feel any different, or somewhat entertaining. If the film is worth anything, it's that it really highlights how much Fulci's style is unique and adds a lot to a film. On paper, this could be the same film as Zombi, but they play completely different. Fulci's filmmaking is on a whole different level.
Severin really did a great job restoring this film though, it looks amazing.
The zombie genre has a lot of jewels in its crown: the Romero films, Fulci’s Zombi and The Beyond, Braindead, Shaun of the Dead and (depending on where you stand on the running zombie debate) 28 Days Later and the [REC] movies. But as with any sub-genre overloaded by decades upon decades of derivative content, a lot of great movies inevitably slip through the cracks. In 1980, Andrea Bianchi directed a little Italian zombie flick called Burial Ground (aka The Nights of Terror, The Video Dead, Zombi 3). It barely received a theatrical release in the US, showing on only a handful of screens in 1985 before being dumped on VHS in the UK with so many cuts it was…
It's impossible to not love the beautiful cheese that is Burial Ground. Every time creepy ol Peter Bart pops up it just puts a smile on your cheese loving face. I also love that there's really no fluff in the movie. Within 15 minutes, the Undead are on the attack. No wasting time here. Then you get 80 minutes of gore and cheese. 2 of my favorite things. The new bluray from Severin is great. The best the movie has ever looked.
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