Drive-In Discs, Vol. 3: I Bury the Living/The Hand
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fun...Richard Boone loved making this film, shot in the LA cemetery, all on location. He said this was his favorite film of his. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Crystal Blue
Richard Boone (1917-1981) was an extremely popular television star during the 1950s and 1960s, particularly known for the role of Paladin in the series HAVE GUN—WILL TRAVEL. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
An interesting take on job security -"how to keep the job you love ".Published 21 months ago by Karen L. Graham
I enjoyed this very 50's cult movie for a few reasons. The atmosphere is just creepy and fun, the way the main character actually shares his concerns with everyone around him... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Spookymulder86
With wild happenings and eerie effects this one is sure to please you. Richard Boone, TVs Have Gun Will Travel does a great job in this mystery + horror movie. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Midnight Hour