BURIAL GROUND, or THE NIGHTS OF TERROR as it is sometimes known, was written by Piero Regnoli and directed by Andrea Bianchi. This film from 1981 is another of my all time favorite zombie movies. I actually think the Zombie effects here are some of the best put on film, although I have heard others refer to these Zombies as some of the worst looking. I will let you decide on your own. I think they are great because they look just like I would imagine a Zombie to look like after years and years in the ground. Dull, Gray/Brown, Muddy, Dried out faces. These are perfect Zombies to me. They even ooze what looks to be just brown muddy water when you shoot them! PERFECT!
Anyway, the plot is simple:
Professor Ayres discovers a secret in an ancient stone and when he opens a crypt, he revives zombies that kill him. He had invited three couples to visit him in his manor to reveal his discovery. However, they never get around to meeting the professor. Out of the blue, the zombies attack them and they seek shelter in the mansion. The creatures put the manor under siege and the couples have to protect themselves while trying to survive to the horde of zombies.
One thing that makes this movie so strange is the casting of 26 year old Peter Bark. Peter was an Italian actor that had a condition that made him small and look younger than he was. He plays the 12 year old Michael and he has a somewhat strange and disturbing attachment to his mother. You will see what I mean if you watch this film. Check out the trailer and let me know your thoughts on this film!
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for BURIAL GROUND