Dead and Buried (1981)
Chosen by Lauren Parker who had this to say about it: 'Dead and Buried is just a great film I think everyone should see as it's not that well known. It has amazing gore effects and just has something about it I can't quite place my finger on.'
The second of three horror films lent to me by Lauren (knowing that I am a big wimp - I'm sure she is trying to give me a heart attack) and an interesting but flawed mini gem.
Opening slowly but strikingly, it immediately sets up an intriguing mystery that turns out to be a cross between Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and a zombie film.
With a couple of stronger performances (especially the lead James Farentino who comes close to Troll 2 levels in expressing his disbelief whilst watching a home movie) and a more coherent ending (i'm not sure anything really made any sense, but certainly not the timeline of events) we may have had a real hidden classic.
As it is, it's well worth catching, with some creepy atmospherics, some good gore (though a man's face being injected with acid is not so great) and unusual take on zombie cliches.