Buried Alive (1990 theatrical film)

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. This film is considered to be Nia Long’s acting debut.

Buried Alive
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGerard Kikoine
Produced byHarry Alan Towers[1]
Written byEdgar Allan Poe
Jake Chesi
Stuart Lee
StarringRobert Vaughn
John Carradine
Donald Pleasence
Music byFrederic Talgorn
CinematographyGerard Loubeau
Edited byGilbert Kikoine
Release date
  • October 3, 1990 (1990-10-03)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
South Africa
Budget$12 million


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.



Buried Alive was John Carradine's final film, who died in 1988.[1]


As with the other three Harry Alan Towers productions inspired by Poe, Buried Alive was released direct-to-video in the United States.[1]

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".[1] 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."[1] 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."[1]



  1. Prouty 1994: "No page number in the book. Review is dated "January 14, 1991""


  • Prouty, Howard H., ed. (1994). Variety Television Reviews 1923-1992. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN 0-8240-3796-0.

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