Favorite Movie Quote: "You look just like a little wh*re, but I like that"
To date, Burial Ground is perhaps the strangest yet sleaziest camp fest I've ever come across although I'll gladly admit I've found a few doozies in my time.
I actually saw this one when I was only 10 years old at a local theater during Halloween in 1985. Hard to believe this film ever made it to my local town let alone the mall cinema even if it was nearly five years after the film's initial release. Even stranger than the odd subject matter or the film's premise was the mere fact Burial Ground was released uncut to the best of my recollection at the mall of all places. Who would've thunk? I can bet money you wouldn't catch anything remotely as graphic or freaky in your local multiplex today.
In the latter eighties, Vestron Video released what I considered back then to be a decent print of the film & I used to rent this one quite often much to the dismay of my parents or grandparents. Despite it's reputation for being somewhat of a sleazy cheese fest, it's still one of the better examples we have readily available in the zombie genre. After all, 28 Days Later is not really a zombie flick. Burial Ground, on the other hand, is very much a living dead film in the tradition of greats made by Fulci or Romero.
Burial Ground has earned it's solid reputation & cult following if for no other than the ultra-gruesome special effects which are awesome. (Mind you, I don't throw that word around too often but there are always exceptions to every given rule.) Fortunately, no CGI effects here but plenty of good old fashioned blood and guts to satisfy the stone craving for a gore hound. Even better, the zombies are some of the ugliest motherf*ckers ever seen in any zombie film. Yes, even Fulci's staple classic Zombie isn't nearly as revolting or sickening as Bianchi's cast of flesh eaters. The worm-infested zombies are nothing less than sheer artistic brilliance & should be the foundation for which all other films are judged.
Sadly, Bianchi's film suffers from lack of characterization. We don't really know much about any of our characters & most of us probably could care less about them honestly. We have a very lustful if not attractive milf (that's mother I'd like to f*ck in case you're wondering) & her adoring son played by a 30 year midget Peter Bark. If one can imagine this, son is madly in love with dear mommy & makes it totally clear in several scenes throughout the film. The other characters are fleshed out much less (no pun intended) & serve no other purpose than to be eaten by these ugly bast*rds that have just risen from their earthly homes.
Aside from the lack of characterization & credible plot line, Burial Ground is B-movie fun all around for true horror lovers. Although the atmosphere & visually impressive sets would suggest something more or perhaps the trappings of a classier horror flick, viewers will find it increasingly difficult to indulge themselves completely in the film's attractive landscapes for the dialog is completely laughable at it's best. Make no mistake, this is a B film through & through.
It would be easy to attack the film & literally shred it pieces as most critics would but where is the fun in that? We need films like these as they are the perfect escape from realism & they go great with beer. I daresay most of us won't care for baked ziti or pizza while watching Burial Ground with the buds.
As much I might hate to admit it, I love this film! I just can't decide whether it's a guilty pleasure of mine or if it's some kind of treasure. All I can say is that I'm extremely fortunate to have found the film on DVD in recent years & it will inevitably get much rotation in my player for many years to come. The DVD is nearly a pristine view of a zombie classic & the extras are just phenomenal. If you are one of the weirdos like myself who holds onto the VHS tape until a quality DVD finds it's way to the general masses, you can let go of that tape atlast. Shriek Show did one effin' amazing job here. Cheers!
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Burial Ground: Nights of Terror (Le Notti del terrore) is an Italian grindhouse zombie movie directed by Andrea Bianchi with cult status, primarily due to its incredibly low production values and the casting of a middle aged dwarf as a child in an incestuous relationship with his mother. It is one of a substantially large amount of films that were released as Zombie 3 with one of its alternate titles.