Who knows what the filmmakers were thinking while making this, but this is a zombie film of recognizable influences that is still unlike any other zombie film by a long shot. The zombie makeup from Mauro Gavazzi is overdone to the point of being excessive, but the result is still very cool and also quite nauseating to look at. There is a lot of attention to detail for most of the zombies, such as maggots, murky green blood, and wormy eyes, and the smell of death can be sensed right from the viewer’s TV screen every time there is a close-up of one of these flesh eaters.
BURIAL GROUND feels Influenced by Fulci’s ZOMBI 2 as well as Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with that familiar scenario of a band of humans locking themselves inside an architecture as the living dead outside desperately try to get in. When I watch it, I often find myself chuckling at the sight of the walking dead but also a bit ‘creeped out’ and a little scared.
The first 20 minutes includes a fair share of softcore love scenes as well as some rolling around on the villa grounds makin’ out as the vacationing couples enjoy the country side. The initial non-zombie ‘sexy-time’ action that takes place while the walking corpses slowly make their way to the mansion is not unfamiliar territory for Bianchi, who helmed directorial duties for the sleazy EXORCIST influenced MALABIMBA and the subpar giallo STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER. The women of BURIAL GROUND are terrific, especially the ravishing Mariangela Giordano, and the men could easily pass for swinging '80s porn stars. When the zombies finally arrive to the villa, it is nonstop fun and craziness or better yet luridness until the end.
The death of the house maid is a very inventive, dark, and extremely grim sequence involving a decapitation with a scythe from the second story of the villa. When another character stumbles upon the body hanging out the window he acts appalled, but he then decides to throw the rest of her to the zombies outside as if it’s best she not go to waste.
By the later portion of the film, the zombie close-ups start to feel slightly monotonous. In order to break up this feeling, the film introduces something entirely different that was subtly hinted at earlier on and that’s the disturbing relationship between the young boy, Michael, and his mother Evelyn, Giordano. Certain filming laws in Italy forbade the use of a child actor for this sort of thing and so Evelyn’s son was played by then 25 year old Peter Bark. Michael’s attraction and passes to his mother may’ve been an unnecessary addition to the film, but it nonetheless contributed big time to its memorability.
The soundtrack is not remarkable on its own, but works for BURIAL GROUND with my favorite theme consisting of unnatural sounding bloops and bleeps set over a surreal music piece that ends up being both melodic and dissonant, giving a haunting ambiance to the zombie plagued villa in the country side.
The special effects from Gino De Rossi (not to be confused with Giannetto De Rossi) consists of excessive visuals of organ tearing and chomping that are likely to ruin a few lunches for some, and I love it. The immensely satisfying ending, which appears to take place on a different movie set still under construction, has to be seen to be believed.
The characters act dumb, but this isn’t surprising since dumb characters are needed to make the situation interesting. The way everyone opts to run back into the villa in order to get away from the zombies and trapping themselves inside might have been the film’s own way of satirizing NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
BURIAL GROUND is extremely entertaining, sleazy, and recommended to any zombie movie fan, good or bad. It sucks, but I love it and so have several people I’ve shown it to, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you’d likely be doing yourself a favor checking it out. It is available on Blu-ray disc.
I’d like to say thank you to Autumnforest of Ghost Hunting Theories for coordinating this Blogger Zombie Walk. It was a lot of fun preparing for it. The following links will lead you to the other participants in the Zombie Walk, so be sure to stop and visit every one of these other sites today.
Above the Norm: Bizarre Arizona
Little Gothic Horrors
Katy Bennett Horror Writer and Poet
Words and Music
Red Shoes Chronicles
The Wolf's Eyes
My Day in a Sentence
Pixie's Horror Galore
The Misadventures of HalloweeNut
The California Blogging Massacre
Horror Shock Lolipop
No Really, You Can Eat It
Art By Living Dead Girl Nicole
Two Gory Chicks
A Dust Bunny in the Wind
A Ghoul's Best Friend
Zombies Are Magic
Cherry Neko Saves the World
The Haunted Rose
The Rotting Zombie
Out of the Shadows
Anchors and Roses
Paranormal Researchers Group
Whispering Pines History
Lovely Miss Megs
Sean Thomas Fisher's Blogwash
Rise and Fight
Stump Town Horror
LoliClown's Little Blog of Horror
Zombies Can't Love
Books and Beyond
The Grave Bandits
Lazy Daisy Life
Pretty in Fiction