Film Review: BURIAL GROUND (1981)

Film Review: BURIAL GROUND (1981)

Nov 28, 2016

IMDb: Burial Ground (1981)
Directed by Andrea Bianchi
Stars: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli

Severin Films continues to put out some of the greatest horror films of all time. One of their most recent releases is Andrea Bianchi’s BURIAL GROUND, a fun filled zombie film that is probably one of the weirdest zombie films you have ever seen. Here is the basic plot from the Severin Films website: For his only foray into the zombie genre, psychosexual sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi (MALABIMBA: THE MALICIOUS WHORE) unleashes enough flesh-ripping, gut-chomping and depraved oedipal mayhem to set insane new standards in Italian horror

Mariangela Giordano (of SATAN’S BABY DOLL and MALABIMBA fame) stars in the splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by horny houseguests, undead Etruscans and the unusual relationship between a mother (Giordano) and her mega-creepy young son (disturbingly portrayed by diminutive adult actor Pietro Barzocchini) that will trigger perhaps the most jaw-dropping scenes in grindhouse history. Severin Films is improbably proud to present the definitive version of this gorehound/sex-fiend favorite, now packed with all-new Extras and featuring a 2k scan and restoration from a film element recently discovered beneath the floorboards of a Trastevere church rectory.

This is one of my favorite zombie films of all time…top 5 for sure. It has a very simple plot that is easy to follow, leaving you with nothing to do other than sit back and enjoy the zombie carnage. There is plenty of that to enjoy here for sure! This movie has some great looking zombies in my opinion. Now some are pretty goofy looking, but overall I think they are very well done. You can see quite a few homages to other zombie movies in this film, especially Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE, ANTHROPOPHAGUS, and TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD. There may be others, but those were the main ones that stood out to me. In fact, one of the zombies was a direct homage to the main zombie from Fulci’s ZOMBIE, with the worms in the eye sockets. Very well done effect in Fulci’s film and in this one.

BURIAL GROUND is a perfect 85 minutes long. The movie doesn’t have hardly any slow points and remains entertaining through the entire running time. As I stated above, this is quite a weird zombie movie, as one of the subplots involves the character of young Michael (played by adult Pietro Barzocchini) and his obsession with his Mom. You’ll see when watching this film why an adult was required for some of those scenes!

BURIAL GROUND is a must see for any zombie fan. It is available now from Severin Films and contains the following special features:

  • New restored 2k scan with full shot by shot color correction
  • English and Italian Language Audio Tracks
  • Villa Parisi – Legacy of Terror: Featurette on the historic house location
  • Peter Still Lives: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark
  • Just for the Money: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli
  • The Smell Of Death: Interviews with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and Actress Mariangela Giordano
  • Deleted/ Extended Scenes/ Shots
  • Theatrical Trailer