I Bury the Living (1958)

I BURY THE LIVING (1958)
Article #224 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 10-26-2001
Posting date: 3-11-2002

A businessman takes over as manager of a local cemetery. A map is used to keep track of the lots in the cemetery, white pins being used for unoccupied graves, black for graves that are now full. When he places black pins in some newly purchased plots instead of white by mistake, he is horrified to find that the people who reserved the graves die the next day. He grows to believe he has the power to cause death in this manner.

This is one of the best horror films to which I have to award the DS Rubber Brick Award for its ending; up to that point, it is a fascinating and gripping movie. I love the use of visuals in the movie; after a while, the map looks like two malevolent eyes staring out at you. The wonderful performances by Richard Boone and the various character actors adds to the terror of this movie. But the sad truth is that the movie is merely a dud firecracker with a long fuse; it builds the tension to the point where you’re waiting for the explosion, and it fizzles out. I recommend the first three quarters of this movie.

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