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Buried Alive II

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Buried Alive II
Buried Alive II 1997 Film Cover.jpg
VHS cover
Written byWalter Klenhard
Directed byTim Matheson
StarringAlly Sheedy
Stephen Caffrey
Tracey Needham
Theme music composerMichel Colombier
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerNiki Marvin
ProducerJohn V. Stuckmeyer
Production locationsWilmington, North Carolina
CinematographyJacques Haitkin
EditorVirginia Katz
Running time97 min.
Production companiesNiki Marvin Productions
USA Pictures
Universal Television
DistributorUSA Network
Original networkUSA Network
Picture formatColor
Original releaseJune 18, 1997 (1997-06-18)
Preceded byBuried Alive (1990)

Buried Alive II is a horror/thriller television film, a sequel to the 1990 film, Buried Alive. It starred Ally Sheedy, Stephen Caffrey and Tracey Needham. It was directed by Tim Matheson, who also reprised his character from the previous film, Clint Goodman.[1] It first aired on June 18, 1997 on the USA Network.[2]


The film stars Ally Sheedy as Laura Riskin, Stephen Caffrey as Randy Riskin and Tracey Needham as Roxanne. Others in the film include Tim Matheson reprising his role as Clint Goodman, Brian Libby reprising his role as Earl the Embalmer, Clifton Daniel as Walter and Tommy Hinkley as Sheriff Jim Puller. The film was produced by Niki Marvin who also produced the original film.

Buried Alive II has a similar plot to Buried Alive, with the gender of the main characters reversed.


10 years have passed since the events of the first movie. Clint Goodman has been living a solitary life elsewhere under the assumed name Michael Haden, while everyone in the original town believes he was dead. Despite the survival of his murder, he now suffers from serious health issues due to the effects of the toxin and his near-death experience.

When his old friend Sheriff Sam Eberly passes away, Clint decides to come back and attend the funeral. Sam's niece Laura Riskin, who knew Clint a long time ago, notices him, but he quickly leaves before she can approach him.

Laura then finds out that she’s inherited some stock worth $250,000, which her uncle Sam bought and left to her. She wants to start a family with the money, but her husband Randy, who hates his life in the small town, wants to buy a yacht instead and leave there for good. Laura doesn't sympathize with him.

Unknown to Laura, Randy is having an affair with the local vixen Roxanne. He promises Roxanne to dump Laura as soon as he finds a way to leave with her, but she can't wait. Randy knows what happened to Clint and decides to do the same thing to Laura. Meanwhile, Laura corners Clint, who tells her to forget him because he is just like a wanted man, and after hearing of her marriage troubles, advises her to leave Randy before she ends up regretting it like he did with Joanna.

Laura decides to forgive Randy, believing he has changed. When they go out for dinner that evening, he slips the toxin into her wine. Laura soon gets into a cardiac arrest and seemingly dies after consuming the spiked wine, realizing as she collapses that Randy has poisoned her. When the doctor asks Randy if he wants an autopsy, he declines. The case doesn't raise the police's suspicion because Laura's family has a history of heart failure.

Clint has a heart attack after reading about Laura's death in the newspaper. At the hospital, he asks how Laura died, but the doctor only tells him that her funeral is being prepared. He wants to go there, but the doctor refuses to let him leave.

At the morgue, as Laura is about to be embalmed, the machine malfunctions. As a result, the staff doesn't embalm her, although Randy had requested her body to be embalmed twice.

After Laura's funeral, Clint approaches Randy and warns him that Laura may not be dead, with Randy questioning who Clint is. That night, after having a nightmare about his own past escape from the grave, Clint digs Laura up and believes that she is dead. His exertions on top of his already weakened condition cause a fatal heart attack, and he finally dies. Laura wakes up and escapes her grave. She puts Clint's body in her coffin and buries it.

She goes home to find Randy and Roxanne in bed together. Devastated, she intends to kill them with a spear gun. However, when she hears that Randy wants to have children with Roxanne, something he refused to do with her, she changes her mind, plotting a better revenge.

Over the next few days, Randy notices strange things in his home, including finding Laura's wedding ring, which had supposedly been buried with her. He has his wife's grave exhumed to make sure she is dead, but the authorities find Clint's body instead. Upon learning that the dead person is Clint, they then exhume Clint's grave, and find the remains of Joanna and Cortland, along with the money they got from selling Clint's business. Suspecting that Laura is still alive, Randy hastily buys a yacht, and he and Roxanne prepare to leave town. As they are packing their luggage, Laura traps them both inside a tool shed by blocking the door with Randy's truck. She attaches a hose to the exhaust pipe and feeds it through the vent, knocking the two unconscious with the fumes.

Randy and Roxanne wake up on board the yacht with all doors locked and sealed shut with screws. Roxanne sees Laura peering down through a skylight just before she blocks it off. Randy tries to save himself by blaming Roxanne, causing Roxanne to fire a flare gun at him. When the yacht tilts, Randy realizes that Laura intends to sink it and bury them alive at the sea. With the water pouring in through the open bilges, he tries to shut off the bilge valve, but she has broken it off. Reaching a storage room, they find a set of funeral clothes and a lifebuoy that says "R.I.P. Randy and Roxanne" painted on it. Laura asks Randy why he tried to kill her, then blocks off the last vent and leaves in a motorized dinghy, pausing to look back and watch as the yacht disappears beneath the surface.

The next day, Laura visits Clint's grave, thanking him for his help. She then leaves the town with Clint's dog Duke to start a new life. The last shot pans down through the water down to the seabed, where Randy and Roxanne hopelessly scream for help inside the sunken yacht.


Reception gave the film two out of five stars and summed the film up by stating "Entertaining in its own 'they liked it once, they'll love it twice' fashion."[3]

The Video Graveyard gave the film two out of five stars and wrote "Ho-hum sequel basically steps into the same plot mold as the original only with the sexes reversed as Ally Sheedy finds herself the victim of a murder plot by husband Stephen Caffrey and his lover Tracey Needham only for her death to be mistaken after which she returns from her grave and extracts revenge. While familiarity with the original is a plus this is only a mild thriller that panders to its television limitations and suffers from having too much in common with the first one. Not nearly as gripping with Matheson's involvement weak and revenge that's too little, too late. Pretty tedious with Caffery and Needham eventually slipping into bad acting territory during the finale. Brian Libby reprises his comic relief role as the town's embalmer."[4]

Both the Video Movie Guide 2002 (Ballantine Books)[5] and The Video Source Book (Performing Arts) gave the film a rating of 2.5 stars out of five.[6]

Home media release

The film's video premiere was in the summer/autumn of 1997 for America, the UK, Hungary and Portugal.[2] The film made its premiere in Finland on August 11, 2005, via Mainostelevisio (MTV3).[7]

Since its release, the film remained only available in America on out-of-print VHS, distributed by Universal Home Video on March 10, 1998.[8] A VHS was also released in the Netherlands via Universal Pictures Benelux.[7] In mid-2011, the film was released on DVD in the UK via Boulevard Entertainment.[9]


  1. ^ "Buried Alive - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllMovie. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
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  3. ^ "Buried Alive II - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllMovie. 1997-02-04. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  4. ^ "Buried Alive II". The Video Graveyard. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  5. ^ Martin, Mick; Porter, Marsha (2001). Video movie guide 2002. ISBN 9780345421005. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  6. ^ Craddock, James M.; (Firm), Thomson Gale (2008). The Video Source Book: A Guide to Programs Currently Available on Video in ... ISBN 9781414401003. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
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  8. ^ Buried Alive II [VHS]: Shawnette Baity, Stephen Caffrey, Ron Dortch, Keith Flippen, Tommy Hinkley, Lonnie Horsey, Jeff Johnston, Brian Libby, Elaine Nalee, Tracey Needham, Eric Paisley, Mike Pniewski, Ruth Reid, Ally Sheedy, Gray Sibley, Troy Simmons, Gina Stewart, Robert C. Treveiler, Rick Warner: Movies & TV. ISBN 0783221789.
  9. ^ "Buried Alive 2 [DVD]: Ally Sheedy, Tim Matheson: Film & TV". Retrieved 2012-06-09.

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