I Bury the Living – USA, 1958 – reviews

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‘The most spine-chilling cry that ever froze the blood!…’

I Bury the Living is a 1958 American horror film co-produced and directed by Albert Band (Zoltan, Hound of Dracula; Ghoulies II; Doctor Mordrid), father of Charles Band, from a screenplay by co-producer Louis Garfinkle.

Main cast:

Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer and Howard Smith.

On April 25, 2017, the film is released on Blu-ray by Scream Factory.


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Robert Kraft (Richard Boone) is the newly appointed chairman of a committee that oversees a large cemetery. The caretaker, Andy MacKee (Theodore Bikel), keeps a map in the cemetery office displaying the grounds and each grave site. Filled graves are marked by black pins and unoccupied but sold graves are marked with white pins.


New to the position and unobservant, Kraft accidentally places a pair of black pins where they don’t belong, only to discover later that the young couple who had bought the grave sites in question died in an automobile accident soon afterwards. He come to believe that he tragically marked them for death…


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Reviews [click links to read more]:

I Bury the Living comports itself in the same manner as the very best episodes of the original Twilight Zone, and begins with just the sort of off-kilter premise that made that show so memorable when it was at the top of its game. But unlike The Twilight ZoneI Bury the Living never takes a preachy or sentimental tone, even for a minute.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting


“A neat idea carries the film through two-thirds of its length but any horrific effect is dissipated by an unsatisfactory denouement.” Alan Frank, The Horror Film Handbook

“Superior tombstone mood … although the film is marred by a cop-out ending.” John Stanley, Creature Features

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” … it kind of reminds me of something like The Monkey’s Paw in the sense that Robert’s seemingly harmless actions have deadly results. It’s just a good, spooky little tale with a naturally creepy setting in the cemetery. Much of the action takes place there, and it sets the mood well.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!

“Still – the ending does not sink the movie, it just deflates it. As a whole, I Bury the Living is an eerie, raw experience that will haunt you in the darkness.” David Elroy Goldweber, Claws & Saucers

I BURY THE LIVING, Richard Boone, 1958
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Cast and characters:

  • Richard Boone as Robert Kraft
  • Theodore Bikel as Andy McKee
  • Peggy Maurer as Ann Craig
  • Howard Smith as George Kraft
  • Herbert Anderson as Jess Jessup
  • Robert Osterloh as Lt. Clayborne
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