Bored of the same old zombie film? Have you over watched Night of the Living Day or 28 Days Later? How about a film that has sex, questionable mother-son relations and zombie monks?
Then you need to watch Burial Ground.
Burial Ground is Andrea Bianchi’s 80’s taboo-breaking zombie film that has moments that would make Lucio Fulchi blush.
The plot is hard to put into words. Basically, things happen.
Burial Ground opens with a professor in an ancient crypt and the undead soon awake and are hungry for human flesh.
We then see a bunch of socialites arrive for a good time but are going to get more than they bargained for – there is no way out for the profecy (not my poor spelling but how it is spelt in the film) of the Black Spider.
It states, “The earth shall tremble, the graves shall open, they shall come upon the living as messengers of death and there shall be the nigths [sic] of terror”.
Storytelling lacking, the onslaught of violence and visual styling of the zombies more than make up for it.
We have the characters all lined up for the zombies to take out with deaths including scythe decapitation, entails ripped out, and even a nipple bitten clean off.
All of them are glorious and all zombie enthusiasts will love them.
But before the violence can commence, we’re entertained by some strange sex scenes…
If you’re not a gore hound, there’s still lots to enjoy.
As mentioned, the plot is paper thin, but the direction is good.
Burial Ground is not as stylish as a Lucio Fulchi film, but this has almost a Guerilla feel.
The zombie make-up is a masterpiece and made better by the fact that the make-up varies.
For those of you that aren’t used to dubbing, it can be a little off-putting.
For those of you used to it, it becomes part of the charm. Too many zombie films try to recreate Night of the Living Dead and fail.
This film doesn’t even try, and that’s the joy of it.
The cast are a mixt of adult film stars and B-film veterans, which sets the tone.Some characters are prone to overacting and there are several scenes that are too long. One of the downsides is most of the characters are forgettable. All except Michael (Peter Bark).
Michael is the Italian cousin of Isaac from The Children of the Corn.
His creepiness is heightened by the fact that he is a 25-year-old playing a 12-year-old. And he’s a dwarf with a dodgy hairpiece.
Michael loves his mother, way too much. When he kisses her and slides his hand up her dress, you visualise Norman Bates saying, “That is too much love for your mother!”.
The sexual tension between them is why they used an adult actor instead of a child. That and there’s a whole lot of nudity going on!
One of the delights of Burial Ground is the soundtrack created by Elsio Mancuso and Berto Pisano, a synth inspiration that is head and shoulders above a lot of soundtracks of that era.
Burial Ground is no masterpiece, but it’s an excellent example of Italian zombie film fare. It’s something to fall back on once you’ve seen all the Lucio Fulchi zombie films, even if the film is mindless.
If you like your zombie films to have a metaphor, then this isn’t for you, but its slasher styling is something to enjoy.
If you enjoy Italian gore and zombie films, then check this out.
Just don’t get buried in the plot.
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