Sunday, 14 June 2015



FILM 1332: DEAD & BURIED


TRIVIA: During filming Gary Sherman purposely avoided letting the color red be visible in any scene, so the sight of blood during the murder sequences would be all the more shocking. Sherman even went as far as to have the tail lights of cars replaced with purple lights, instead of the normal red.

This was actor Jack Albertson's final theatrical film (although he filmed another made-for-TV movie the same year he died). In poor health and suffering from cancer all through filming, Albertson passed away a few months after this movie's release. He nonetheless lived long enough to see it at its world premier in Hollywood, in which he attended in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank and mask.

Due to child labor laws, the filmmakers could not get permission to use the boys who played Jamie at night. Because the kids' entire part took place at night, a huge tent was constructed that completely covered the family car and the haunted house, making it look like it was nighttime underneath it. To properly ventilate inside the tent so that the cast and crew could breathe, fans were set up. But they made so much noise that the live sound that was recorded during filming was unusable. So all of these scenes had to be dubbed by the actors in post-production. This is why Nancy Locke's mouth is frequently moving when she's not talking.


Stan Winston's special effects went beyond creating gore for the film. The figure in the full body cast lying in George LeMoyne's hospital bed was a mechanical dummy built by Winston. The life-like detail and elaborate movements the dummy was rigged to make gives the appearance that its a real person and makes the infamous needle-eye stab all the more startling.

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