Every movie reviewed in our first book, BLEEDING SKULL! A 1980s TRASH-HORROR ODYSSEY (Headpress, 2013). Grab a copy here.
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…
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…
So, this is my fifth review of Andrea Bianchis trashy masterpiece on Letterboxd. What else can I write about it that I haven't written before?
1. 88 Films bluray looks great. It has never looked this good before.
2. We need to start a campaign to change the spelling of the word Night to Nigth. Because if the Profecy of the black spider says it is spelled like that, then we should all spell it like that. And profecy is not spelled prophecy.
3. I have nothing else to say. Go watch Burial ground.
Time to wait for Severins bluray now.
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…
Next Film on my "Cinematic Trip To Italy"
Riddled with many clichés, hilarious dubbing, music from another planet and countless WTF-Moments.
I had a pretty good time with this movie, not because of suspense or gore (which was plenty, I have to say) but because of the campiness.
And Martin of course. Who does not like a 26 year old little person, dressed up like a kid, dubbed by 30 year old guy with the voice of a 15 year old. And he also has an oedipus complex...never seen that before.
AKA LE NOTTI DEL TERRORE, NIGHTS OF TERROR, ZOMBI HORROR, THE ZOMBIE DEAD, ZOMBIE 3. Just call this the one with Italian zombie nipple confusion.
Schlockiger als Andrea Bianchis DIE RÜCKKEHR DER ZOMBIES wird's nicht. Maximaler Schmuddelfaktor, bröselige Untote und dabei keinerlei Plot. Macht Laune.
Great zombie makeup and features one of the most unique mother/son relationships ever committed to film.
Good dumb Italian zombie fun that's slightly overlong.
Don't even get me started about the whole Oedipus thing, that shit's just outright weird...
Bark-ing (see what I did there?) Hahahaha!
Burial Ground ranks (so far) among the best of the Italian zombie movies of the late 70s and early 80s. My expectations were low, but Burial Ground features menacing zombies, gruesome scenes and a kid, played by a midget adult Peter Bark (Pietro Barzocchini), who lusts after his mother and gets to suck her nipples. Also, there is no real plot, but in a movie like this, who needs it? The zombie films with chemical plants causing zombie mutation are far inferior to this anyway.
Damn, these are some dope zombies.
This has everything I want in a zombie film. Awesome zombies, good kills and cool locations. It also throws in an amazing incestuous man child to seal the deal. Why didn't that guy become a bigger star? He could've been Harry Potter or Mutt Williams.
”This cloth, it smells of death…”
- Michael (Peter Bark)
There is something almost meditative about the slow emergence of the rustic monk zombies in Andrea Bianchi’s zombie sleaze epic Burial Ground. As the ambient synth score drones on they really do take an age to get going, but once they do it’s well worth the wait. Clay faced grotesques with skulls dripping real maggots and mud for blood, these are some of my favourite ever zombies along with the abominations in Fulci’s Zombie
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