The Nights of Terror (1981)

aka Burial Ground, Le notti del terrore
Article 4373 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-21-2013
Directed by Andrea Bianchi
Featuring Karin Well, Gianluigi Chrizzi, Simone Mattioli
Country: Italy
What it is: Chow time for corpses

An archaeologist releases hordes of hungry walking dead men from a crypt. A group of people in a nearby manor try to keep from being their meals.

What can you say about a movie that takes as little care with its plot development, dialogue and character development as this one does? Well, considering this is an Italian zombie movie of the eighties, you can probably safely conclude that every character is disposable enough that barely anyone will be left alive at the end of the movie. Granted, it’s hard to build up much suspense when you’re given little reason to care for any of the characters, but let’s face it, this movie isn’t going for suspense; it’s going for gross-out. In short, you’re going to get lots of blood, maggots, worms, and entrails. The closest the movie ever comes to doing anything original with the idea is to throw in a tasteless incest subplot, the purpose of which is to set up an appalling shock scene that is more than a little predictable. I’m sure the movie has its defenders, but I’m afraid I find very little to recommend here.

Oh, and by the way. Whoever wrote the quote that ends the movie should be aware that the word “prophecy” has a “ph” instead of an ‘f’, and that “night” is not spelled “nigth”.


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