Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Burial Ground aka The Nights Of Terror aka Notti Del Terrore (1981)

4 / 5
Tagline: When the moon turns red, the dead shall rise!
Directed by: Andrea Bianchi
Written By: Piero Regnoli
Actors Include: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli
Genre: Horror
Length: 85 minutes
Banned: Germany
Country: Italy

So you want to make a zombie picture on no money, but still have it be hilariously entertaining? You could take some lessons from Andrea Bianchi. The zombies in the film are clearly wearing rubber masks...well some are, every zombie seems to have made their own costumes. One zombie is clearly wearing a Boris Karloff style Frankenstein mask duddied up with baby powder and some fake hair. In one scene where the zombies are using a giant log to burst in a door, one guy isn't even wearing make-up...he just tries to hide between the other zombies in the shots. The effects are just a small thing to mention here for the ineptitude of the filmmaking is insane. For example, at the end credits, the spell the word "Nights"'s part of the title!!! Seconds later we see the credit for "continuity"...that person should have been so fired. The zombies in this movie aside from being silly looking seem to walk instead of zombie swagger and they are extremely organized. They use weapons, and even manage to murder someone on the second floor using a giant sickle... Still the best part of the film is about a Mother and her young boy Michael. The dubbing has Michael with a hilariously high pitched silly pretend child voice, and the poor actor who is playing Michael may be the most unfortunate looking child actor I've ever seen. (he could be the dude on the box for the original "Hills Have Eyes" when he grows up for pete sake). Anyhow the reason that story is so amusing is because there is some weird incest thing going on there. Micheal is obsessed with Mom's boobs and well it's pretty darned hilarious later on, but I shall not spoil that one for you. Really this is ridiculous, parts are boring but then we are treated to such bizarre stuff that it doesn't seem to matter. If you do like "good" films in the old fashion sense avoid this like the plague. Still they do throw in some amusing cheap effects and they try to include a lot of gore (they must have sprung for a bucket of pig's organs) and as I mentioned earlier, it's hilarious. Definitely not for everyone, but the few who enjoy it will be on the floor laughing.

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