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I Bury the Living(1958)

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  • Great Psychological Thriller(1958)

    • nshepard
    • 10/27/12

    Robert Kraft(Richard Boone) is the defacto cemtery manager at Immortal Hills. Strange things happen after Boones appointment when some future tenants die , but did inserting the black pins into the cemetry plot board do it ? Boone thinks so after more deaths occur. Albert Band directs but was overruled on the ending. Still pretty good story. 4.5 stars out of 5. Creepy music,mood lighting , atmospheric, terrific performance by Boone.

  • I Bury the Living (1958)

    • James Higgins
    • 7/14/10

    Solid "B" horror flick, well acted, especially by Richard Boone. Genuinely creepy and it has an interesting story, a clever and original plot. The director and cast rise well above the budget. It's like a feature film version of a Twilight Zone story. Well photographed.

  • Great Until the End...

    • Steve Smyth
    • 7/19/07

    Stephen King summed up this movie pretty well in his book about horror films and books, "Danse Macabre;""Once upon a time there was a cemetery caretaker who discovered that if he put black pins into the vacant plots on his cemetery map, the people who owned those plots would die. But when he took out the black pins and put in white pins, do you know what happened? The movie turned into a big pile of s**t! Wasn't that funny?"This could have been one of the greatest horror films of the fifties, perhaps of all time. Director Albert Band and his company of durables set you up for what you just KNOW is gonna be the ending, and then, for no other reason I can tell than they were nervous about the whole thing, pull the rug right out from under you.I doubt this was the screenwriter's or director's decision. You cannot write a film that is as straightforward, that is so simple and elegant in its narrative and then come to such a grinding halt as this without some kind of intervention from the "higher-ups." There has to be a "real" ending hidden in a vault somewhere, like there was for the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Right?My ratings are based solely on the ending. Everything up the last reel is taught and wonderful. So, add two to each criterion as if the real ending existed.

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