BURIED ALIVE (1990) Reviews and Blu-ray and DVD release news

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Buried Alive, the 1990 made-for-TV horror-thriller, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD newly remastered in 2K by Kino Lorber on January 12th 2021. The package includes a slipcover with new artwork by Vince Evans plus special features:

New Audio commentary by journalist Bryan Reesman
New Interview with actor William Atherton


Buried Alive is a 1990 American horror thriller television film directed by Frank Darabont (Tales from the Crypt TV series, The Mist; The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) from a screenplay written by Mark Patrick Carducci (Neon Maniacs; Pumpkinhead), based on a story by David A. Davies.

A sequel followed in 1997, titled Buried Alive II, starring Ally Sheedy and Stephen Caffrey. The sequel followed a similar plot, switching the genders of the leading characters.


Tim Matheson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Eyes of a Stranger; The Hitcher; Single White Female), William Atherton (Ghostbusters; Grim Prairie Tales; The Girl Next Door) and Hoyt Axton (Gremlins; Retribution; King Cobra), Wayne Grace (Scanner CopLord of Illusions), Donald Hotton (Deadly LessonsFreeway Maniac; The Runestone), Brian Libby (Silent Rage; Chiller; The First Power).


Clint Goodman is a successful contractor who has built his comfortable house and his construction company in his hometown through hard work. He loves his wife Joanna, but she is very resentful to him most of the time, they have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby. Clint’s best friend is Sheriff Sam Eberly and every now and then they spend the night fishing in the lake.

Unknown to Clint, Joanna has been having an affair with the local doctor Cortland van Owen. The lovers’ plot to kill Clint and sell his company and his house, then move to Beverly Hills to buy a clinic. Cortland gives poison to Joanna, which is taken from a rare poisonous tropical fish. She is hesitant at first to go along with the idea but changes her mind; when they are having dinner she spikes Clint’s wine with the poison. Clint has a heart attack and dies.


When the coroner asks if an autopsy should be done, Cort refuses. While Clint is at the morgue he shows signs of life and just before he is to be embalmed, Joanna gives him a quick and cheap funeral instead, skipping the embalming process. Clint is put in a cheap water-damaged coffin, varnished to look like new. After his funeral, Joanna and Cortland celebrate. During a stormy night, Clint, who has surprisingly survived the dosage, wakes up buried alive, and succeeds in escaping his grave…

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“Although the plot of Buried Alive is fairly predictable, the film benefits immensely from some inventive direction from Darabont, while a capable cast of familiar faces including Matheson, Leigh, Atherton and country singer Hoyt Axton also helps to elevate it above your typical TV movie standards.” Flickering Myth


” …it’s aiming to blend elements of noir, zombie horrors, and the revenge thriller, which it does fine, to a degree. The only downside of all this is that it ends up feeling like a bit from Tales from the Crypt, (something Darabont went on to work on a couple of times) [….] All in all, this is a weird one.” Love Horror


” … what really sells the film are its performances, especially the brittle bitch Jennifer Jason Leigh creates for Joanna. She’s completely believable as a wealth-obsessed leech, whose garish lipstick and bombshell blonde hair perfectly exemplify her shallowness. The actress envelopes herself into the character, who is truly detestable […] Matheson crafts an equally believable character, and he’s so likable that I often wondered how exactly this polar opposite couple had ended up together.’ e-Film


Cast and characters:

Tim Matheson … Clint Goodman
Jennifer Jason Leigh … Joanna Goodman
William Atherton … Cortland ‘Cort’ van Owen
Hoyt Axton … Sheriff Sam Eberly
Jay Gerber … Quintan
Wayne Grace … Bill Scorby
Donald Hotton … Reynolds
Brian Libby … Earl
Peg Shirley … Helen Eberley
David Youse … Billy
Milt Hamerman … Coroner
Michael Keep … Foreman
Jan Merlin … Attorney
James Scally … Priest
Dale Swann … Fire Captain
Dale Morris … (uncredited)
John R. Woodward … Pickup Driver (uncredited)

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

93 minutes
Audio: Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.33: 1

Film Facts:

The film’s working title was Till Death Do Us Part.

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