Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Burial Ground

Too be honest I shouldn’t have to write but a few words to not only convince you this film is good, but that you should run out and buy it now.  Those words are “Zombie Breast Feeding Scene!”  yes you read that correctly.  I must say that is not something you see in many films, actually in any the more I think about it.

Burial Ground aka Zombie 3 aka Nights of Terror aka The Zombie Dead is a combination zombie exploitation film from Italy.  It gained some notoriety back in the 80s when it was released on VHS and received 13min of cuts in the UK and was branded a “Video Nasty”  I can see that brand, not only for Zombie Breast feeding, but nudity, extreme gore, violence, sexuality, incest, you name it.  As this is 2016 and some of it is shocking image watching it in the 80’s

Burial Ground is the story of a scientist who was experimenting with an old crypt beneath his mansion.  During his studies he ends up unleashing a curse causing all the corpses to reanimate.  After they dispatch of him they begin rising up and turning their attention on the 3 couples he has invited to stay at his mansion.  They all fit the ear, swingers, young frisky couples so to speak.  One of them, a very attractive mother has a creepy son, that I could not tell if his was mentally challenged, or just a mommas boy.  What’s really creepy is he reminds me of someone my wife knows.  They walk around the mansion having sex, taking pictures and making out outside until all the zombies start rising up from the ground.

Now even though they move slow they are not the typical film zombie.  They use items to break open doors, and weapons on occasion to kill the couples in very graphic ways.  Everyone decides to take shelter inside, downstairs in a very Night of the Living Dead style hideout when the huge zombie siege begins.

The zombies look slightly dated when compared to today's, but these are all old school practical effects, and they still hold up well to this day.  The kills scenes are also all done in practical make up and work very effectively.  The kill to the maid by scythe and the smashing of one’s head stand out the most to me.

Severin Films has done an outstanding job scanning the original 35mm print on this film to 2K.  The audio and video quality are outstanding especially considering the obscurity of this film as of late.  It’s got a nice amount of extras as well.

   Villa Parisi - Legacy of Terror: Featurette on the historic house location
Peter Still Lives: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark
Just for the Money: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli
The Smell Of Death: Interviews with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and Actress Mariangela Giordano
Deleted/ Extended Scenes/ Shots
Theatrical Trailer

The film still packs quiet the punch and for those who have never seen it is well worth a watch.  If you’re a fan and own one of the DVD release from years back do yourself a favor and pick up this Blu-ray edition

Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!

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