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Drive-In Discs, Vol. 3: I Bury the Living/The Hand (1958)

Richard Boone , Theodore Bikel , Albert Band  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer, Howard Smith, Herbert Anderson
  • Directors: Albert Band
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ELITE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A0WIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,854 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Drive-In Discs, Vol. 3: I Bury the Living/The Hand" on IMDb

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From the Back Cover

Remember The Drive-In Theater? The stale popcorn, the warm soda, the steamy winshields? Well, let Drive-In Discs Collection recreate a night at the old drive- in. This multi-volume collectible DVD series is sure to bring back memories of those hot summer nights parked in front of the big screen. Each volume of this nostalgic series will include a complete double feature "horror show" plus the original drive-in extras that we all remember, such as cartoons, countdown clock, concession stand ads, coming attractions, intermission and More! Volume Two includes "The Wasp Woman" starring Susan Cabot, Fred Eisley and Barboura Morris, as well as "The Giant Gila Monster" starring Don Sullivan, Fred Graham and Lisa Simone.

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I BURY THE LIVING A newly appointed cemetery chairman discovers that by inserting a black pin into a wall-sized map of the cemetery, he can cause the deaths of that plot's owner. THE HAND During World War II, British soldiers are captured by the Japanese, tortured and their hands are cut off. Years later, a killer terrorizes London by cutting off the hands of his victims.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Classic, Not to Be Missed! August 9, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This one is a real puzzler, and I was caught off-guard at the end. It's surprisingly good for a low budget horror film, going for the brain rather than the jugular.
The film is a horror/psychological thriller. Richard Boone plays a man who is part of a trustee group. Part of the duties of the members is to take turns overseeing a private cemetery.
Boone finds a map in the cemetery office that shows the occupied and unoccupied plots marked with white or black pins.
Boone discovers that when he places a black pin in a plot that is unoccupied, the owner dies. Is Boone going mad, or does he really have the power to bury the living?
This is an entertaining film, very creative and stylized. Boone often said it was his personal favorite, and he was proud to have worked on the film.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pin me! March 12, 2003
Format:DVD
Bob Kraft (Richard Boone) believes there is a sinister relationship between a string of recent deaths and black pins in a map of cemetery plots. This movie is an intriguing blend of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock. Kraft, the innocent man caught in what appears to be a supernatural conundrum, suffers the torments of the damned. Each black pin he sticks in the map causes another person to die, or so he thinks. Boone is effective as a bewildered victim, caught in a web of mystery, a contrast to his tough guy roles. Take special notice of the large map on the wall of the caretaker's cottage. It is the mute monster of our story. White pins mean that the plot is sold, but not yet occupied. Black pins mean that the dear departed has, well, departed. Switching the pins before death appears to hasten the process. Hence, the mystery. The roads of the map twist, turn, and curve until they resemble a disjointed human face that sneers at the puny man. Kraft alerts the police that he is responsible for the recent deaths, but the cops are skeptical. The deceased people expired from natural causes. Classic TV fans will recognize Herbert Anderson (Henry Mitchell of "Dennis the Menace") as an owlish reporter. This little thriller is a classic horror gem. The presentation is low budget, but the result is superior. Ownership is a definite must. ;-)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite obscure movies June 7, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I BURY THE LIVING stars Richard Boone as a new cemetery caretaker who believes the cemetery plot map has ... special properties. The map shows all the plots, with a black pin indicating the plot is occupied and a white pin indicating the plot is reserved. Boone accidentally puts in black pins when a young couple make their plot arrangements, and the couple's subsequent tragic death seriously shakes him. He begins to obsess about the map, and eventually wonders what will happen if he replaces a black pin with a white one...
A fairly average story (admittedly rather "Twilight Zone" in style) is lifted immeasurably by the incredibly creative and imaginative cinematography and production design. As the map and its powers loom larger and larger in Boone's mind, so too does the map itself grow in size, eventually dominating the caretaker's office like a giant cyclopean seeing-eye. The imagery presented in the film is unforgettable.
I almost hesitate to mention the slightly disappointing ending because (A) it's really not THAT disappointing, and (B) it's so much fun getting there. This new release marks the first time the movie's been available in an VHS-SP edition (earlier video editions have been a fair VHS-EP copy and an excellent laserdisc). Now that it's readily available in a good edition for a small amount of money, you owe it to your collection and to your B-movie-loving self to see this overlooked gem!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Movies Version is THE BEST VERSION. September 23, 2011
By M.B.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For those of you seeking out this movie, you have learned or will learn that there are numerous and varied releases of I Bury The Living. Most releases are cheap versions that have a picture quality that's so bad you just want to throw away the disc or VHS because the quality is that bad. Well I'm here to help you. There are two versions worth seeking out. The best one is the one that [MGM Midnight movies] put out in 2001. It is as clear as a bell and sound is perfect! Its in fullscreen only, and should be because that's how it was shown at the theater back in 1957. It says that right on the cover art. Another worthy version is on a DVD set put out by Elite Entertainment called Drive-In Discs Volume Three. That version looks great too, and somehow they rendered it in widescreen, and it does look good in widescreen. That Elite set also comes with another movie called [The Hand]. I'm sure something is chopped off the widescreen version, but its not really noticeable. Be sure to fully question the sellers of these movies. Make sure they are one of these two versions i mentioned above. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's JUST a map! April 25, 2010
By Nats
Format:DVD
you will likely not see this film on anyone else's list of favorites.
It is an excellent example of how "minimalist" style can have a profound effect on our subconscious.
No actual violence is shown on screen. There are no make-up effects or zombies lumbering around. Everything is "suggested".
Indeed, nothing that can be shown on screen is ever as scary as what we imagine.
This film takes advantage of that and uses black and white film (which by its own nature, has an "unreal" quality), lighting and camera angle to create a feeling of mounting dread in an expressionistic style.

This approach requires strong acting performance for it to work, and Richard Boone delivers it well.
Our tormented hero's decent into utter despair is highlighted by his own distorted sence of space and reality. The room seems to be getting larger; the creepy cemetery map seems to appear larger and begins to almost glow with a life of its own.
When he finally has the revelation of replacing the all the black pins with white, he runs through the graveyard only to find holes where the graves used to be. This, for me, is the creepiest part of the film.
He returns to the cemetery office to await whatever fate may bring.

We see no pan-cake make-up zombies, no point of view shots of them
creeping up on him, only a close-up shot of his anguished face.

Unfortunately, the film makers could not resist the temptation to provide an explanation for things which should have gone unexplained and left up to the imagination of the audience.

The rather ridicules ending almost spoils the film, almost.

So anyway, that's why this movie is in my top 20 best horror films ever made. It requires imagination, and a suspension of disbelief, but if you submit and allow your mind to flow along, it will creep the hell out of you.
Best viewed alone, late at night.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great premise
- rather spoiled by its lame ending. Hence the three stars. As shlock grade-B Eisenhower-era horror flics go, this was one of the better in conception, acting, and production... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. L. Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars A TITLE TO GET YOUR ATTENTION.
I BURY THE LIVING,A TITLE TO GET YOUR ATTENTION ,ALSO A GOOD MOVIE TO BOOT.RICHARD BOONE ,STARS AS ROBERT KRAFT A DEPARTMENT STORE OWNER WHO SERVES AS DIRECTOR OF THE LOCAL... Read more
Published 5 months ago by stephen 1
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
this is a great fantastic movie about a creapy cemetary, great actor is richard boone, well worth watching. a big thumbs up.
Published 9 months ago by Robert Carnes
1.0 out of 5 stars Nap Time
I had higher hopes for a movie described as "bone chilling". This was far from scary, not even mildly creepy. It didn't get interesting until the last 20 minutes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kim H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I'm a B horror and classic horror buff. But anyone who likes this movie is just trying to sound "alternatively cool".
Published 12 months ago by Kevin E. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Excellent acting and storyline. Lives a mysterious feeling behind when finished watching. Highly recommend if you are into older movies.
Published 13 months ago by jward
2.0 out of 5 stars i bore the living...
...or 1 lame star for no action; not exciting or entertaining enough at all. great dvd film quality though. at least i saw this once but now its going in the garbage. Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by John Lemoine
2.0 out of 5 stars Drab and Dull
With a title like "I Bury The Living", this certainly is not what I was expecting - this was basically like a longer, more drawn-out version of one of the less thrilling episodes... Read more
Published on June 8, 2011 by Joseph Brando
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for 50's B-movie mystery-thriller fans
I liked it but it's not in the same class as true 50's horror movies. In fact it's more a mystery-thriller than horror, given there are no creatures, no body-snatchers and no... Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Objective Subjective
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic
Great cult classic horror movie. I love it.
Made in 58' its a story about a man that is a caretaker for a cemetery. There is a map with two diffrent colored pins. Read more
Published on January 28, 2010 by Toby L. Weaklend
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