Burial Ground…It sounded like a zombie movie, and luckily it turned out to be one. This one was interesting because the people actually fought back…sometimes. Other times they tried to slap the zombies and hit them on the shoulder. But extra points are given for them recognizing that the zombies are slow.
I believe I went overboard on the screencaps, so the first 13 are from the first half hour of the movie, and the remaining 5 are from the last hour or so. So we start off with a mad scientist with a HUGE beard practicing voodoo or medicine or something geared towards raising the dead. This was originally for a legit purpose of extending life, but of course will just end up creating zombies that want to eat peoples gizzards. The scientist hears a noise and goes off to hit a hammer against a wall in the cave. Then the zombies approach and he shouts “But I am your friend”, but zombies have no friends, and they kill him.
Cut to the title screen and credits. People are arriving at the mansion that the scientist lived in. I was going to rewatch it to find out why they were there, but that was going to be painful, so I’m going to guess they were on vacation. For the next 10 minutes the movie turns into a soap opera. Not as bad as Zombie Lake, but we want zombies. But no zombies do we get until we see 20 scenes of this stupid kid who’s supposed to be 10 but obviously is in his 20’s. Then the dubbed voice they use is even more annoying. Not as annoying as “The House by the Cemetary” which takes the golden prize for ‘Kid we want killed off, but instead everyone else dies saving him” award. To make this even worse, he has an Oedipus Complex, which makes for some disturbing scenes later, that I won’t tell you about.
So later on, I guess even the director tired of having that kid speak, so the people start having picnics and writing on blue paper and taking pictures. Then the zombies finally start showing up. Our first victim is the annoying kid’s father. He’s in a barn with his wife when a zombie walks in. We give a brief moment of respect to the kid for warning him a few minutes earlier when he smells a rag and states that it “smells like death”. They disregard it as just an old rag, but then who’s laughing when they’re dead! So the zombie walks in and the father shouts “what do you want!” a few dozen times, but just gets pushed down into the corner and his guts are eaten. The kid gets out alive though…
Back to the annoying kid and his mother, who are in a cellar being cornered by zombies. The mother, who actually fights in this movie, throws some oil or paint or something onto the zombie and lights it up. Everyone runs back to the mansion and the butler lets them in. The zombies pound on the door but soon get bored and walk away.
With one down, another member decides to stray from the herd. She gets her hair pulled and dies. The zombies break, in people fight with machetes and heavy objects and defeat them for now. The cool guy in one of his not-so-cool moments chooses to let the zombies in since “they’re all so slow”. But first is the scene I’m not going to tell you about. Ok, it involves the kid getting slapped and then eaten by the women who’s hair was pulled. At the time I was overjoyed that he’d no longer be in the movie annoying me, but I see him becoming a cult figure in the near future.
The group meanwhile let the zombies in, find the mother and hide in a closet. The zombies walk up the stairs right past them. Somewhere the butler finds the original scientist and dies. The group find this scene and make a smarter decision by not sticking around. Night passes and the group falls asleep. At this point we still have: he mustache guy, the cool guy, the mother, and the aguilera look-a-like.
Now that it’s daylight, they escape to an old monastery, where the mustache guy catches a glimpse of a priest. He follows him into a room with other priests and asks for their help. But of course they’re all zombies, so they eat him. Hearing the screaming, the group go to see what’s up, and scream a lot then run away to a barn. Once there, they barricade the door and run up the stairs. At the top they find a zombie; the cool guy hits it with a candle stick and pushes it over the ledge. But it doesn’t end there. The kid is back! Here’s the other scene, I’m not going to tell you about. In fact I’m not going to tell you the rest of the movie.
Well, I have to keep some things a surprise. All in all, this movie had the gore, the bad acting, the stupid people, the zombies, very slow zombies, zombies that still win. It’s an Italian zombie movie, so you know it has to be good. Good luck finding it though. Ebay maybe? I dunno.