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Dead & Buried (Blu-ray)

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Dead & Buried Blu-ray (click here for larger image!)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Lisa Blount, Robert Englund

Directed by Gary A. Sherman

Distributed by Blue Underground


It’s good to see some obscure classics making the jump to high definition. Gary Sherman’s cult favorite Dead & Buried is a most welcome addition to the ever growing catalog of horror classics becoming available, and Blue Underground has done a worthy job of bringing the film out again for a new audience. The only trouble? There’s nothing really new to be found here for them to sink their teeth into. Before we get into all that, though, let’s take a look at the flick’s plot, shall we?

Potter’s Bluff on its surface seems to be nothing more than your average, everyday coastal town. However, unlike in other small towns, transients are very welcome. Welcome to be killed that is. Yet, that’s not all. Soon after these wandering folks disappear, they end up resurfacing a bit later as members of the community. Sheriff Dan Gillis (Farentino) quickly notices something is horribly amiss in his usually idyllic environment and sets out to solve these mounting mysteries once and for all.

What follows is a decent sized body count, some great F/X, and a truly intense and creepy experience. Dead & Buried is a movie that defies conventions. What matters in this movie is not who is doing the killing, but why the murders are being committed. If you haven’t seen this flick yet, I simply cannot recommend it enough. They just don’t make them like this anymore. Really good spooky stuff!

Dead & Buried Blu-ray (click here for larger image!)In terms of video quality, yes, the movie is in 1080p; and yes, this is the best it has ever looked. But honestly? In terms of hi-def viewing it’s just a passable experience. Then again we must keep in mind that this flick is a product of its time. There’s plenty of noise along with speckles throughout the film, and the interior shots weren’t lit very well to begin with so don’t expect anything to be leaping off the screen at you detail-wise. Still, what is here, especially Winston’s effects, translates fairly well.

There are two audio tracks present — a DTS-HD MA mix and a Dolby TrueHD mix. Both are comparable and neither takes the cake in terms of quality. As with the video, there’s nothing to write home about here. It simply gets the job done.

The special features present, while quite good, have all been ported over from the DVD release and are presented here in standard definition. There are three commentary tracks: one with director Gary A. Sherman, one with co-writer/co-producer Ron Shusett and actress Linda Turley, and finally the last with cinematographer Steve Poster. Young filmmakers out there looking to garner some tips should definitely check out Poster’s track as it’s not only the most enjoyable, but it’s also the most technically savvy. Usually I don’t dig on detail-oriented commentaries, but this was one of the best I’ve heard.

There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes that run about fifteen minutes each and two trailers. No surprises here, but again, just like the film itself, each is totally worth a watch.

This Blu-ray edition of Dead & Buried from a next generation viewing standpoint is nothing you’ll be singing the praises of. The movie, however, is top notch! If you’ve got the tech and have never bought this film, then go for it! If you already own the DVD version, consider yourself sitting pretty. A double dip is recommended for fanatics only.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with director Gary A. Sherman
  • Audio commentary with co-writer/co-producer Ron Shusett and actress Linda Turley
  • Audio commentary with cinematographer Steve Poster
  • Stan Winston’s Dead & Buried EFX featurette
  • Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror featurette
  • Dead & Buried. Dan O’Bannon: Crafting Fear featurette
  • Trailers

    Film:

    4 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 1/2 out of 5

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    American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review

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    Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

    Directed by Colin Bemis


    Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

    The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

    As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

    Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

    Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

    In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

    On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

    In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

    Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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    Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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    Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)

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    We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

    In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

    Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

    If you like what you hear, please consider joining our Patreon subscribers. For less than the cost of a beer, you get bonus content, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and you get to help us continue doing what we love.

    The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramTwitch, and YouTube.

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    Totem Review – It’s Not Always A Bad Thing To Look Up From The Bottom Level, If You Like That View

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    Starring Kerris Dorsey, James Tupper, Ahna O’Reilly

    Directed by Marcel Sarmiento


    Following the untimely death of a family’s matriarchal figure, a young woman finds out that managing to hold all of the pieces in place becomes increasingly more difficult when otherworldly infiltrators make their presence felt. We’re going to have to work our way up this Totem, as

    17 year old Kellie is the leading lady of the home following the passing of her mother Lexy, and with a needy father and tiny tot of a baby sister, she still keeps things in working order, regardless of the rather large hole that’s been left in the dynamic due to the death. Kellie’s dad after a while decides to ask his lady-friend to move in with the family, so that everyone can move onto a more peaceful existence…yeah, because those types of instances always seem to work seamlessly. As fate would have it, Kellie’s sense of pride is now taking a beating with the new woman in the mix, and her little sister’s new “visitor” is even more disturbed by this intruder – only question is, exactly who is this supernatural pal of sorts? Is it the spirit of their dead mother standing by to keep watch over the family, or is it something that’s found its way to this group, and has much more evil intentions at hand?

    What works here is the context of something innately malicious that has found its way into the home – there are only a couple moments that come off as unsettling, but the notion of having to weave through more than half the film acting as a sullen-teen drama is rather painful. The presentation of the “broken family” is one that’s been done to death, and with better results overall, and that’s not to say that the movie is a complete loss, it just takes far too much weeding through at times stale performances and even more stagnant pacing to get to a moderately decent late-stage conclusion to the film. Under the direction of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), I’d truly hoped for something a bit more along the lines of a disturbing project such as that one, but the only thing disturbing was the time I’d invested in checking this one out. My best advice is to tune into the Lifetime channel if you want a sulky teen-melodrama with a tinge of horror, or you could simply jump into this one and work your way up…but it’s a LONG way to the top.

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    Sulky, moody, and ridden with teen-angst buried in the middle of a supernatural mystery – SOUNDS like a decent premise, doesn’t it?

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