“Maps and pins can’t kill alone — the power of a human brain has to be behind it.”
The newly appointed chairman (Richard Boone) of a cemetery soon discovers that by pushing a black pin onto a plot on a map, he will cause the death of the plot’s owner — yet nobody believes him, and deaths continue to mount.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- “No One Believes Me!”
- Supernatural Powers
This low-budget horror flick — more akin to a Twilight Zone episode than a feature film — holds interest throughout its 75 minutes. Based on a remarkably simple premise, I Bury the Living remains unique because of its decision to show Boone as a tortured soul who no one will believe, rather than a gleeful madman who revels in his newfound power. Director Albert Band makes good, restrained use of camera tricks and extreme lighting to show Boone’s state of mind, and turns the cemetery map itself into a virtual piece of psychedelic art.
While critics are divided in their opinions of the film’s denouement (most hate it), these final five minutes fortunately do little to take away from the enjoyment of what’s come before.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Richard Boone as the troubled chairman
- Effective cinematography and camera tricks to reflect Boone’s degenerating state of mind
- The surprisingly creepy cemetery map
Yes, as a good show.