GenreThriller, Horror NetworkUSA Network CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 3, 1990 WriterEdgar Allan Poe (story), Jake Chesi (screenplay), Stuart Lee (screenplay) CastRobert Vaughn (Dr. Gary Julian), Donald Pleasence (Dr. Schaeffer), Karen Lorre (Janet Pendleton), John Carradine (Jacob Julian), Ginger Lynn Allen (Debbie), Nia Long (Fingers) Similar moviesBuried Alive and Buried Alive II are part of the same movie series
Buried Alive is a 1990 film, directed by Gerard Kikoine and based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. It stars Donald Pleasence and John Carradine in his final performance.
At the Ravenscroft Institute, an all-girl school for juvenile delinquents, several girls find themselves going missing as they are assaulted by a man in a Richard Nixon mask, who drags them to the basement of the school and immures them into darken chambers to die a slow and agonizing death by way of entombment. A new teacher arrives at the school and becomes a target of the killer.
Robert Vaughn as Gary Julian
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Schaeffer
Karen Witter as Janet
John Carradine as Jacob
Ginger Lynn Allen as Debbie (as Ginger Allen)
Nia Long as Fingers
Arnold Vosloo as Ken Wade
Buried Alive was John Carradine's final film.
As with the other three Harry Alan Towers productions inspired by Poe, Buried Alive was released direct-to-video in the United States.
On March 15, 2011, MGM released the film on DVD-R format through its MGM Limited Edition program.
In a contemporary review, Variety described the film as browsing through several themes of Edgar Allan Poe with "dull results". The review noted the historical footnote of the film being the final film featuring Carradine, but noted that it disappoints as "there's only a few seconds of blurry Carradine footage." The review noted that audiences may be disappointed that Karen Witter remains clothed throughout the film, while noting that former porn actress Ginger Lynn "has one of her best mainstream jobs as a tough-talking inmate who proves to be an excellent screamer."