I Bury the Living (1958)

Richard Boone stars in this movie about a guy whose life seems to be going out of control when he is put in charge of a cemetery and starts to think that without meaning to he might have the power to control life and death by putting different kinds of pins into a map. This is a pretty offbeat movie and is an early example of independent movies. That being said it demonstrates how wild a movie not made by a major company could actually be.

There is a lot to appreciate about this movie because it has the wild imagination of Ed Wood only with pretty much everything else being a lot better. The budget can afford more things and makes the movie look pretty good. There are a couple of great scenes such as the main character running through a cemetery and since most of this movie is based around the cemetery map there are also quite a few scenes centered around the map and Boone’s interaction with the map. At certain points it almost seems like the map has taken a life of its own and is controlling things with some kind of telepathy. How ever this movie has a good mystery with an ambiguous ending that leaves us all wondering whether it was actually the map or maybe something else that did all of the killing in this movie.

Published by cinemashrew

I am a writer and avid movie watcher (used to be music listener but I got bored of that).

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