Hav­ing a ’ mare

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 1981 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD

Di­rec­tor An­drea Bianchi

Cast Karin Well, Gian­luigi Ch­i­rizzi,

Si­mone Mat­ti­oli, An­tonella Anti­nori

Not both­ered if a film has no plot? Don’t care for char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion, logic, sane di­a­logue, de­cent act­ing, proper pac­ing or va­ri­ety of ac­tion? Then Burial Ground is for you!

This gory Ital­ian hor­ror, also known as The Nights Of Ter­ror, makes Night Of The Liv­ing Dead look like Me­mento. A group of so­cialites are at­tacked by the un­dead in and around a man­sion. And that’s all the story – hon­est!

That may sound flip­pant but there is a gen­uine ar­gu­ment in favour of this film – that it plays out as a bad dream would, and that the un­re­lent­ing tide of ter­ror is ef­fec­tive on a vis­ceral level. That its ig­nor­ing of filmic con­ven­tions is de­lib­er­ate and con­trib­utes to its raw power. Maybe…

What’s un­de­ni­able is that the zom­bie masks and make- up are ex­cel­lent, and wisps of bizarre sleaze waft up now and then to give it a unique charge: if you ever wanted to see a dwarf ac­tor pre­tend­ing to be a boy who fan­cies his mother bite her breast off af­ter be­ing turned into a zom­bie, this is your movie.

Ex­tras Com­men­tary fea­tur­ing hor­ror ex­perts John Martin and Calum Wad­dell; an in­ter­view with au­thor Mikel Coven about the films of An­drea Bianchi; deleted scenes; trailer; a “grind­house” ver­sion from an un­re­stored 35mm print; book­let. Rus­sell Lewin

The young boy is played by Pi­etro Bar­zoc­chini ( cred­ited as Peter Bark), who was around 25 at the time of film­ing!

Last Of The Sum­mer Wine re­ally did go on too long.

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