Exclusive: Stan Winston’s Famous Monsters Day Three: Celebrate the Cult Classic Dead & Buried

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To get all you fiends in the Halloween spirit, Dread Central partnered with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts to bring you Seven Days of Stan Winston’s Famous Monsters, our exclusive series profiling the creations of one of the most influential monster men of his or any generation.

Today we have something truly special for you cult movie fans out there- a behind-the-scenes look at Dead & Buried. Released in 1981, the film that was once dubbed a “Video Nasty” by the UK, was directed by Gary Sherman from a screenplay co-written by Ronald Shusett and Dan O’Bannon.

Exclusive: Stan Winston's Famous Monsters Day Three- Celebrate the Cult Classic Dead & Buried!

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For the uninitiated out there, the film follows a series of mysterious murders plaguing a small New England town named Potter’s Bluff, and as the local sheriff begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together, he stumbles upon a dark and disturbing secret that reveals a larger and more gruesome plan at work than just some random killings. Some of the best parts of Dead & Buried (besides the wicked cool effects work) are the reveals to the story so we’ll keep the details short and sweet so that we don’t ruin all the fun.

And while it’s certainly not one of the more high-profile projects on his resume, Dead & Buried remains one of Winston’s earliest triumphs in his distinguished career considering that most of the controversy surrounding the flick was due to the realistically graphic nature of the material, Winston’s onscreen creations being a huge aspect of that controversy.

Below we have an exclusive look at some of Winston’s creations for Dead & Buried including the sculpture and lifecasting work created by the iconic special effects master himself. Check out the stills in our gallery courtesy of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, and if you’ve never checked out Dead & Buried before, do yourself a favor and remedy that STAT!

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  • DavidFullam

    Great FX, acting, and atmosphere. But the head ache inducing, confused script wrecks it.