Last year, between the two of us, we watched an average of 317 movies.
This year our goal is to top that by watching at least one a day.
And as an extra special torture, we've decided to write about all of them.

26 March 2008

I Bury the Living, dir. Albert Band (1958)

NIKKI says:
The artwork for this film makes it look way scarier than it is. All the art I've seen gives me the impression this film could be shelved alongside Attack of the Eye Creatures or something like that -- something with creepy crawly gruesomeness as its drawcard.

This isn't really like that at all. In fact, there are few scares or frights, and nothing drips or glugs. It's basically about a guy who discovers he has the power to kill without ever leaving his office. The local constabulary think he's mental and go about trying to prove just that and end up causing their own deaths. It's all very weird, and, to be honest, it's a great idea that isn't really taken far enough. I expected Boone to start wiping folks out who gave him the shits because the way he kills people leaves absolutely no evidence whatsoever.

Instead, he doesn't like this new power and tries to fix it. His killing method involves sticking pins in a map, and you have to wonder why he didn't just tear up the map. But anyway... Turns out something else might be at work, and the one scary moment in the film comes when a creepy guy creeps up on Boone while he's on the phone. That was a bit chilling.

Otherwise, this is really just a fun little movie that's not as serious as it could have been. It's definitely entertaining, though, to watch these archaic police practices that go on and pretty much allow Boone to legally cull his town's population.


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