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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week ...



Yoinked from Wiki with the end picked away from 1000misspenthours.com ...


"I Bury the Living was a 1958 horror film directed by famed B-movie director Albert Band, father of Charles Band, and starring Richard Boone and Theodore Bikel.


Robert Kraft (Richard Boone) is the newly appointed chairman of a committee that oversees a colossal cemetery. The cemetery is so large that a map is kept in the cemetery office displaying the grounds and each gravesite. 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 gravesites in question died in an automobile accident soon afterwards. Under repeated tries, he finds that every time he places a black pin over an unoccupied grave, someone dies. Kraft slips into deep guilt and depression and believes he is cursed, while the cemetery caretaker (Theodore Bikel in a heavy Scots accent) knows more than he's telling.




Don’t get your hopes up, though. Screenwriter Louis Garfinkle reaches down into the big trunk marked “Bait and Switch” at this point, and pulls out a real whopper.


Not since The Beast with Five Fingers had a horror film gone out on a more annoying note. The parallel between that movie and I Bury the Living is made even stronger by the fact that both pictures, up until their disastrous final reels, are among the finest that their eras have to offer. 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 Zone, I Bury the Living never takes a preachy or sentimental tone, even for a minute. Albert Band’s direction is exceptionally crisp for a 50’s film, with nearly as much drive and energy as the rest of United Artists’ 1958 lineup combined. The cast is strong in an understated way, and benefits from including nobody whom I particularly recognize— and wonder of wonders, the Cartoon Scotsman isn’t unendurably annoying. Finally, I Bury the Living is well served by a highly distinctive score which draws just the right amount of attention to itself. You’re always aware of it, and of its lack of meaningful similarity to any other horror movie music you can remember, but it never distracts you from the action unfolding above it.


If only it weren’t for that stupid, stupid ending …"


Steve's Snacks Of The Week:


Coffee

Pills

Breathing Treament

Anything Else I Can Find 'Cuz We Have No Food


... and here's the opening of the film. Well, it does look spooky enough. I just really hope that this supposed horrible ass ending doesn't upset me.




I might go into DOUBLE FEATURE mode later, so stay tuned.


Here's what I've seen so far ...


December 7th: Godzilla VS Mecha-Godzilla

December 14th: Godzilla VS Mothra

December 21st: Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster

December 28th: Lord of the Rings (Rifftrack edition)

January 4th: Godzilla VS The Sea Monster

January 11th: Series 7 (The Contenders)

January 18th: House of Wax

January 25th: Police Story 3

February 1st: Left Behind the Movie

February 15th: Godzilla VS Megalon

February 22nd: Jesus Christ Superstar

March 1st (part 1): Duck Soup

March 1st (part 2): Godzilla Final Wars

March 8th (part 1): Godzilla VS The Smog Monster

March 8th (part 2): The Three Caballeros

March 15th: Sonny Chiba's "The Street Fighter"

1 comment:

Reverend Steve said...

Yeah. Great movie, crappy ending, but apart from the ending WHAT A GREAT ASS MOVIE!!!