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John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 02/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
A professor whom is studying a ancient crypt near a cemetery accidently opens evil from beyond the grave on a burial ground. The curse unleashes the dead to rise up from their grave to devour the living for their cannibalistic needs, lucky for the undead, their main course will be a group of socialites having a weekend in a large mansion.
Somewhat entertaining but gruesome supernatural Italian horror thriller with some flaws such as the phoney looking zombies themselves with the acting, but the gore is definitely nasty even the infamous breastfeeding scene that you'll never forget.
The DVD has a better transfer than the dark and danky Vestron VHS version with great sound, the extras aren't too shabby such as the interview with the director & actress, original trailer to the movie with trailers to other Shreik Show presentations and a neat poster-and-still gallery.
This movie is recommended to gorehounds, zombie movie fans and horror lovers everywhere but those who are squeamish should stay away.
Also recommended: "Night of the Living Dead" ( 1968 and 1990), "Dawn of the Dead" ( 1978 and 2004), "Day of the Dead", "Demons", " Resident Evil 1 & 2", " The Evil Dead", "House By The Cemetery", "Zombie", "City of the Living Dead ( a.k.a. The Gates of Hell)", " Re-Animator", "Dead Heat ( 1988)", " Hell of the Living Dead ( a.k.a. night of the Zombies)", " Zombi 3", "Zombi 4: After Life", " Blood Diner", "Maniac" ( 1980), "Suspiria", "Tenebre", "Phenomena", " Pet Semetery", " Evil Dead II", " The Haunting ( 1963)", "The Others", " Cannibal Ferox", "Cannibal Holocaust", " The Return of the Living Dead trilogy", " The New York Ripper", "House on The Edge of the Park", "Versus", "Freddy Vs. Jason", "House of the Dead", "House ( 1986)", and "The Beyond"."
Unabashed gore classic
Matthew King | Toronto, Canada | 03/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Burial Ground is absolutely one of the best entries in the glut of Italian zombie/cannibal films to have been released in the late 70's and early 80's. A fine example of so bad it's great and an absolute party pleaser too. The plot is bare bones simple: A prologue shows an archaeology professor accidentally reviving the dead while on a research field trip. Fast forward a while later. A bunch of guests receive an invitation from this professor to spend a few days of rest and relaxation at his mansion. To their great surprise, they arrive at the mansion with no professor in sight. What they do encounter however are tons (and I do mean tons) of the walking undead praying for their flesh. The thing I like the most about Burial Ground is the pacing. The initial 20 minutes are somewhat slow but after that we're talking slam bam pacing that never lets go, something you would not get from say, a Lucio Fulci flick. I'm a big fan of Fulci's films but in between zombie attacks things move at a snail's pace. Burial Ground however is as fast as a roller-coaster with innumerable zombie attack scenes and especially creative scenes of gore (although the shard of glass in the eye is definitely in homage to Fulci's Zombie). The zombies look cheap and are super slow but one thing they're not is stupid. How many zombie films do we see where the ghouls use scythes, pitchforks and axes as weapons and even collectively gather to use a battery ram to force their way in? In many ways, these zombies act way more logically than their human victims. I guess the professor did a fine job of tutoring them. Sure this movie is ridiculous but most zombie films are anyway. There's so much to laugh about in this film. The acting? Please. All of the actors are dubbed anyways and are never given any decent opportunity to show off their ability. The dubbing is atrocious in the worst way. It's one thing when the lips are not in synch with the translator but quite another when the voice comes out as an echoey sound from a different room! One thing that's a winner is the transfer which is surprisingly clear. Due to this quality transfer the film never appears to be as old as it is except for the clothing the actors are wearing of course. I wish more zombie movies were this unabashedly over-the-top. Tons of gore, tons of nudity, breakneck pacing, a few scenes of incest thrown in for good measure and that's Burial Ground for you. Even though the film is laughable and ultra cheesy, director Andrea Bianchi is still somehow able to instill a genuine sense of terror throughout. There's no happy go lucky ending here folks. Great movie, great transfer, great extras. A must own film for fans of the genre."
Bruial Ground - DVD OF TERROR!!!
Sean | Lakeland, Fl. | 10/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What's this month's pick re-relase of heavily edited Euro-horror flicks now transfered uncut to DVD? Why it's none other than "Burial Ground - Nights Of Terror". I've known about this flick for quite a while now. My local video rental store had the old US version of it so I just waited patiently for it to be re-released on DVD, and sure enough it did. I purchased it, took it home, popped it into my DVD player and sat back with a bowl of popcorn waiting for the laughing to commence. Nothing but pure Eurohorror ... grade A right here. This flick is so damn cheesy, I can't praise it enough for entertaining me. The Zombies though are some of the creepiest looking zombies I've seen since Lucio Fulci's "Zombie". In fact they looke like a mix of Lucio Fucli's zombie and the ones from the movie "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie". Much kudos to that! The story is basically this professor who looks like Rick Rubin, whose mansion is located on an ancient burial ground for some unknown reason, unseals an underground ruin and stumbles upon this ancient curse of walking corpses. They eat him, and they all start to walk towards the surface which seems to take them forever when it took the professor to go underground for 1 minute. I guess time has no effect when you're a zombie...Above ground, some sap-happy rich upperclass socialities and collegues of the professor arrives at his mansion and prepare to spend the night. Well we all know what happens; Everybody seem to get frisky and want to automatically have sex in the mansion. There is one couple that has a "son"(which I dare not call him because it's an actual midget wearing a ridiculous toupee) who seems to be so incestuous that throught the whole movie he tries to make to knock-up his own mother. One scene where his mother just saved him from being eaten by zombies he tries to sexually molest her and ends up getting slapped in the face and running off screaming "What's wrong? I'm your son!". This is not really your average zombie flick. I haven't seen one that touches upon the subject of incest as this one has, so I give this film much credit for that. One the more amusing side of the gem, there's one zombie death scene where the maid of the professor's mansions is looking outside on the second level. A zombie is hiding behind a bush and throws what seems to be a railroad spike and pins her had into the wall. The zombies grab this ugly-looking scythe and slowly decapitates her with it. Then the zombies go out of their way to find a toolshed, start chopping down doors, and even use a battering ram??? Yep, you know the kinda. Zombie that can walk and chew bubblegum at the same time. Other than all of the shennanigans this film holds, the dialouge has to be the most amusing: Here's some examples of it:"You look just like a little whore - but I like that"
"You're getting a raise out of me and it has nothing to do with money"
"Whatever it is, it's not human - It's a walking corpse!"
"Stay back, I'm your friend" (said to a zombie I might add)The music score alone will quench the thirst for Goblin fans. Also the music score sounds somewhat similar to the classic Sci-Fi movie "Blade Runner".The extras are very nice too:
- The original US theatrical trailer (still in it's murky 35mm glory)
- Interviews with director Andrea Bianchi and actress Mariangela Giordano
- Still and Poster Gallery
- Trailers for "Zombie Holocaust", "Spasmo", and 2 other obscure Eruo-trash cinema flicks."Burial Ground - Nights Of Terror" has earned itself a warm snuggly spot in my DVD collection along my Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarentino, and other assorted horror flicks."
More Irresistible Zombie Trash
ACS | ARIZONA USA | 05/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why, but I just love zombie movies. I buy every one I can get my hands on. Watch enough of them, though, and you start to figure out that there are only two plots. One is where humans bring the zombies to life, either intentionally or unintentionally, through evil scientific experiments or toxic chemical spills. If you've ever seen Zombie, Hell of the Living Dead, Zombie Holocaust, or Nightmare City, you know what I'm talking about. The other is where someone unwittingly summons or awakens the dead, as in The Evil Dead, City of the Living Dead, House by the Cemetery, The Beyond and this film, Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror.Here, an archeologist goes poking around in an ancient Etruscan tomb. After banging his hammer on one of the walls a few times, suddenly the place is lousy with hungry, flesh-eating zombies. Are we ever told why this harmless tapping has opened the floodgates of Hell? Nope. But hey, what do you expect? This is a zombie flick, not Fellini. After the zombies are awakened, they spend the rest of the movie just kind of wandering around and making their victims' lives miserable. I say "miserable" because they only attack when their victims are having sex (Friday the 13th anyone?). Like any zombie movie, there's the usual gore and gut-munching once the zombies catch up with their prey (and they do). Nothing special in that department. Maybe the only thing different about these zombies is their ability to use rakes and other garden tools to bust through windows and doors. These guys are pretty handy. They even figure out how to use a battering ram. Go figure.The film's most notorious scene occurs near the end, when "little" Michael (played by twentysomething actor Peter Bark) decides to make a move on his own mother (Mariangela Giordano). Thankfully, mom shoots him down, though not before allowing him to bare one of her breasts and put his hand up her skirt. Later, when the boy becomes a zombie himself (you saw that coming, right?), he lives out his incestuous fantasies in a most peculiar way. I won't spoil that for you here, but trust me, you'll have to see it to believe it. All in all, Burial Ground is a pretty decent zombie flick. The movie itself deserves 2 1/2 stars. The many fine extras on this Shriek Show DVD, which include interviews with Giordano and producer Gabriele Crisanti, bump it up another half star. Buy the DVD. It's a zombie movie, how can you resist?Three out of five stars."
Quick, Everybody Back To The Villa!!
Holly Apollyon | The Overlook Hotel | 11/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Only in a European zombie movie would you ever hear these words: "The zombies are coming, quick, everybody back to the villa!" Good God this is one of the best bad movies ever. It begins with this scientist that looks like Rasputin the Mad Monk, digging around in a cavern. A zombie, that looks alot like a rotten potato with a side of earthworms and nightcrawlers, just sort of appears, and the scientist is like, "Wait, I'm your friend." This gripping, horrifying scene sets the tone for the whole movie.What you have is a group of people, drawn together for reasons absolutely unknown, to a villa. Then, it's a matter if seeing if they can stop fornicating long enough to get up and run from the zombies. The zombies all look like potatoes garnished with worms. They have crooked, oversized teeth, wear burlap sacks, and they stagger around like they've been drinking turpentine cocktails. Why are they here? Who knows? Do the zombies know? Let's ask...Zombie: ...Okay, I guess not. At one point, a woman runs from a zombie and steps into a steel-toothed bear trap set in the courtyard for no apparent reason, and she complains about the PAIN, the PAIN, oh God the PAIN, until the end of the movie. At one point, one of the couples is cavorting beside a flower bed, and like, there's a zombie buried in there too. Here's a key scene: The slouch that owns the villa, or whatever, sends the MAID to go secure the grounds. She reaches out of a window to close a shutter, and one of the zombies, with maybe one good eye obscured by worms, is adept enough to knife-toss a railroad spike, pinning the maid's hand to the shutter. Mmm hmm, yeah. I won't even go into one of the disturbing relationships that takes place among two of the people trapped in the villa. Trust me, after that one you'll be ready to see the rotten potato zombies again. The "Nights of Terror" only turns out to be one night of terror, after which the last scatter of survivors hotfoots it enlist the aid of a local group of monks that just happen to be potato-and-worm zombies too, baby! But, the zombies have shown themselves to be skilled at railroad spike throwing, scythe beheading, and basic carpentry. The movie ends with the zombies trying to shove a guy's face into a table saw. It's an emotional, tear-jerking conclusion to a profoundly sensitive feel-good movie."