Buried Alive (1990)

Buried Alive (1990)
6.5
  • 4013
  • PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release year: 1990 ()
  • Running time: 93 min
  • Original Title: Buried Alive
  • Voted: 4013

Clint is an every day working man whose wife Joanna is having an affair with a doctor. They plot to kill him and get the insurance money. Only trouble the drug overdose they give him doesn't kill him. Lucky for Clint he's buried in a cheap wooden box and he unburies himself. Just remember, Hell hath no fury like a man buried alive!

#PersonCharacters
1Tim MathesonClint Goodman
2Jennifer Jason LeighJoanna Goodman
3William AthertonCortland 'Cort' van Owen
4Hoyt AxtonSheriff Sam Eberly
  • I love it. by 10

    This is a simply scary film, and one that I have watched for years. Tim Matheson does a great job in his role as Clint Goodman, as a man who takes revenge on his cheating wife and her lover. He reprises his role in the sequel, and he is still great in that one too (even though he dies saving Ally Sheedy's character, which I HATED!). Jennifer Jason Leigh is good enough as Joanna, but I do think they could have gotten someone better. William Atherton is famous for playing the baddie (or at the very least, an annoying person), and he is perfect in this role. It's a shame we don't see any of these guys as much anymore. There is nothing fancy about this movie, and that is why it's so good. I highly recommend this to those who love a good chill but hate slasher flicks, as it is a great story with great actors. Period.

  • If you park logic at the door it's not a bad movie ......... by 6

    'Buried Alive" is one of those films that has some different ideas, but problems arise in transposing those ideas to the screen. While the performances by Tim Matheson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, William Atherton, and Hoyt Axton are totally acceptable, there is a gnawing distraction called lack of logic, that permeates the film. The shallow burial, and the amazing carpentry work, to name just a couple things that are bothersome. Nevertheless, if you suspend disbelief, the movie maintains interest, and the ending is very satisfying. Sometimes it's worth sacrificing logic in the name of entertainment. ........................ - MERK

  • Love is ? "Die! Damn you! Die!" by 6

    The plot of this film actually would make a wondrously extravagant "Love is ?" cartoon! You know, the drawing of that cute little naked couple holding hands and looking into each other's eyes with a text underneath stating: "Love is ? poisoning him with Japanese fish fluids, refusing to pay extra for his embalming and burying him in a rotten coffin barely two feet under the ground!" This modest and well-directed early 90's made-for-TV thriller guarantees decent suspense and entertainment as long as you don't set your expectations too high. The plot, which is absolutely unrelated to the similarly themed Edgar Allen Poe story, is full of far-fetched and utterly implausible story elements and you better don't contemplate about it too much, but it's definitely compelling enough to keep you on the edge of your seat for an hour and a half. Hard-working family man Clint Goodman *thinks* he has a good marriage going on, but his spoiled wife Joanna is actually sleeping with her doctor and planning to run off to California with him. They need money first, though, and so they conceive a plan to kill Clint and sell his profitable business to a frequent bidder. Their plan kind of backfires, because tropical fish-poison is a worthless murder weapon, and Clint literally crawls back among the living. He wisely decides that killing his wife and her lover with a shotgun is "too easy" – and right he is – and prepares an inescapable death trap of his own. The implausible part of "Buried Alive" is how sloppy the murder scheme is. Here you have a formula for murder that you could actually get away with, but it almost seems as if they want everything to fail. You make sure the last words your husband is supposed to hear aren't "Die! Damn you! Die", you pay for the embalming because it means extra security he's dead and you make sure everybody in town witnesses a proper funeral with an expensive coffin! Other than the occasionally lacking plot, "Buried Alive" does contain a surprisingly large amount of intense fright-moments, superb acting performances and tight direction from Frank Darabont (acclaimed director of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile") in his long-feature debut. Tim Matheson is good, but the always very sexy Jennifer Jason Leigh is terrific as the battle-ax wife and William Atherton is simply brilliant as the sleazy scumbag lover. Since this is a TV-movie, we unfortunately don't get to see a lot of gore. Certain moments are reasonably icky, like the image of Clint's scratched-open fingertips and a sink full of hydrogen peroxide, but Darabont merely keeps the emphasis on atmosphere

    Moral of the story: don't use poisoned fish if you want to kill someone! Homer Simpson didn't die after eating the allegedly poisoned dish of sushi, either.

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, enough said! by 7

    I seen this movie on a late night one night. It was kind of predictable at first but then it had some twists. There was some notable actors like Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Matheson, and the Hoyt Axton guy! I didn't know they had a sequel to it until after it was over, the channel I was watching, showed the sequel. Unfortunately, it was already to late when the first movie was over. I really liked Leigh's character having an affair with the Doctor who tries to get her husband but he returns later on in the film! My favorite character in this movie would be the guy doing the autopsy. I forget his name but I thought he was good. He made the movie pick up some!

  • A good movie - almost. by 7

    Watched this recently in the middle of the night. Some movies are just so bad that they are easy to turn off, or help you fall asleep from boredom. This isn't one of them. The acting is good to excellent, and a good part of the story is acceptable, for the genre. It creates tension, and empathy with the characters. But there are so many glaringly ridiculous scenes! Example: a man with a bad heart digging up a coffin in the pouring rain with a simple shovel - would stop at the rim - not continue to excavate till he can walk around the entire coffin! There are tons more, but I wouldn't want to spoil it. Better screenwriting, and critical assessment could have elevated the final product to a level worthy of the better components.

#PersonCrew
1Jacques Haitkincinematographer
2Michel Colombiercomposer
3Frank Darabontdirector
4Niki Marvinproducer
5David A. Davieswriter
6Mark Patrick Carducciwriter