Buried Alive (1989)

South Africa, 1989
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

A South African horror film directed by Gerard Kikoine.

Plot Summary

The head of a school for delinquent girls is murdering the girls he believes have let him down to keep up the school’s high record of achievement.


Directed by: Gerard Kikoine
© MCMLXXXIX [1989] Breton Film Productions Ltd.
Executive Producer: Avi Lerner
Produced by: Harry Alan Towers
Associate Producer: John H. Stodel
Screenplay by: Jake Clesi, Stuart Lee
Director of Photography: Gerard Loubeau
Film Editor: Gérard Kikoïne
Music by: Frederic Talgorn
Sound Mixer: Ian Pople
Chief Make-up: Cleone Johnson
Chief Hair Stylist: Dave Murat
Prosthetic Make-up: Scott Wheeler, Bill Butler
Special Effects Coordinator: Greg Pitts
Production Designer: Leonardo Coen Calgi
Casting: Jane Warren

Robert Vaughn (Gary)
Donald Pleasence (Dr Schaeffer)
Karen Witter (Janet)
John Carradine (Jacob)
Nia Long (Fingers)
Bill Butler (Tim)
Ginger Allen [aka Ginger Lynn] (Debbie)
Janine Denison (Schiro)
Arnold Vosloo (Ken Wade)
Ashley Hayden (Boze)
Stefa Popic (Amy)
Hayley Dorsky (Sue-Sue)
Roslynn Farrell (Tina)
Dee Dee Eybers (Yvonne)
Isabel Kastrikis (rita)
Sharlene Benn (Roxy)
Blanche Frolich (Miss Rye)
Lynne White (Doris Raeburn)
Christine Le Brocq (April)
John Bruce (Duke)

Alternative Titles

Bosszú a sírból – Hungary
Edgar Allan Poe’s Buried Alive – Netherlands (video)
Elävänä haudattu – Finland (video)
Emparedada – Spain
L’emmuré vivant – France (television)
Enterrado Vivo – Brazil
Enterrado vivo – Mexico
Enterrados Vivos – Portugal
Levande begravd – Sweden (video)
Levende Begravet – Norway (video)
Lost Girls – West Germany
Pogrzebani zywcem – Poland
Sepolti vivi – Italy
Sepultado vivo – Venezuela
Todesschrei im Mädchenpensionat – Germany (television)
Погребани живи
– Bulgaria
エドガー・アラン・ポー 早すぎた埋葬
– Japan



  • Cinefantastique vol.21 no.5 (April 1991) p.54 – review (by David Wilt)
  • Fangoria no.209 (January 2002) p.13 – article (Skeletons in the closet: Nia Long in Buried Alive by Steven Puchalski)
  • Southern Screen and Stage Annual January 1990 p.5 – credits


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.444 – credits, review
  • Harry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian by Dave Mann pp.132-136, 142, 143, 147
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.66 – credits
  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver pp.364-367 – credits, review
  • The Poe Cinema: A Critical Filmography by Don G. Smith pp.237-241 – credits, review