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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A0WIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,473 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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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.

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.

Customer Reviews

A great plot with good acting.
Midnight Hour
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.
Steven W. Hill
Great cult classic horror movie.
Toby L. Weaklend

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Savary on 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 By Robert S. Clay Jr. on 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 By Steven W. Hill on 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 By M.B. on September 23, 2011
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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I Bury the Living is one of many classic films that prove you don't need big money, big names, and big effects to achieve suspense or completely capture your audience's attention. I found the premise of this film quite intriguing, and the pace plays out just right as we descend further into the realm of the surreal as our protagonist inches closer and closer to possible insanity. It's unfortunate that all that commitment and effort was significantly offset by the ending. Personally, I thought the conclusion fell flat on its face. It's like going to Disneyworld, only to find a great big hole in the ground when you get there; you could squeeze the state of Texas through the plot hole at the end. I was all set to give this film five stars, and now I feel as if I'm being rather generous in giving it four.

The setup's rather simple. Robert Kraft (Richard Boone) is this year's chairman of the Cemetery Committee in town, which means it's now his responsibility to oversee the paperwork down at the Immortal Hills Cemetery. When someone buys a plot, you stick a white pin on the designated spot on the big cemetery plot map; when someone dies, you replace the white pin with a black pin. Doesn't really sound like a recipe for disaster, does it? When a couple of newlyweds show up wanting reservations for the hereafter, in go the white pins - then, when the couple dies soon thereafter, Bob is creeped out to find two black pins where the white pins should have been. He decides to pick a white pin at random, replace it with a black pin, and see what happens. Sure enough, that fellow falls over dead. Experimenting seems to be really popular in this little town, so a quick succession of pin replacements - and deaths - follows.
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