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-> ''The earth shall tremble....''
-> ''graves shall open....''
-> ''they shall come among the living''
-> ''as messengers of death and there shall be''
-> ''the [[RougeAnglesOfSatin nights of terror]]....''
----> '''"Prophecy of the Black Spider"'''

''Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror'' (1981) is a ZombieApocalypse movie from Italian horror and {{giallo}} director Andrea Bianchi. It's best known for its exceptionally bizarre, tool-using zombies, and Peter Bark. Mostly for Peter Bark.

The movie begins with the good Professor Ayres making an unspoken but profound discovery during the study of an [[SacredLanguage Etruscan]] [[AncientTomb cave]], which prompts him to hack away at the cave wall with a pickaxe. Then some zombies show up out of nowhere. [[TheQuisling He tells them that he's their friend]], but it doesn't work: they tear him apart and eat his flesh.

Meanwhile, three young couples arrive at the Professor's country mansion, one of which has a [[DawsonCasting child named Michael]] (played by the legendary Peter Bark). After a night of softcore sex, the couples wander around the grounds, taking photographs, and [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse wondering where Professor Ayres has gone]]. Inside the house, light bulbs start exploding for no reason at all except to shock the servants. Zombies then start rising from some very shallow graves and attack. The characters barricade themselves inside the mansion, but to no avail--the zombies locate the tool shed, and eventually break through the doors with a battering ram. [[ParentalIncest Oh, and also, Michael tries to seduce his mother.]]

[[NonindicativeName Despite the title,]] the entire movie takes place over a single night.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AncientTomb: Professor Aryes begins the movie by chipping away at the wall in one of these. It doesn't go well for him.
* BearTrap: There's one in the garden. For some reason.
* BoomHeadshot: At one point, a character declares that shooting the zombies in the head is the only way to kill them, although how he came upon this information is not explained. He shoots a few with a shotgun, says they only have two shells left, and the shotgun and tactic are both quickly forgotten.
* CreepyChild: Michael is most certainly one of these. He would be even if he wasn't played by Peter Bark.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The film's UK title is ''The Zombie Dead''.
* EvilSmellsBad: "Mother, this cloth... it smells of death!"
* EyeScream: The very slow eye gouge is a staple of the Italian zombie flick. One zombie smashes through a second-story window, grabs one of the women by the hair, and slowly pulls her eye into a shard of glass. [[SpecialEffectsFailure Then the camera cuts, and the shard of glass is jammed into the side of her head.]] After this, it cuts to the zombie, who stiffly falls backwards from the window sill. End scene.
* ItCanThink: The zombies are capable of tool use, dressing up in disguises, and throwing spikes with amazing precision.
* KillItWithFire: Michael points to some cans of paint and says "Mama, set it on fire!" The plan works. It's just too bad they forget about it by the next scene.
* TheLoad: The girl who manages to step in the bear trap does little more than scream, limp, and get carried around. Yes, the bear trap in the garden.
* NonindicativeName: Besides the title of the movie, there's the ending quote, written at the top of this page, that appears on the screen just before the end titles. Who is the Black Spider? What is its "profecy"? Does this have anything to do with the zombies? The audience may never know.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Played straight, until the zombie Peter Bark shows up.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: These are a bit of a mashup. They presumably rose as the result of a curse, because the Professor was making too much racket, or possibly because the plot required them to. They also eat the flesh of the living. Zombification usually spreads after someone is bitten by a zombie, although having shards of glass jammed into one's face seems to do the trick, too. Oh, and the zombies can use tools, and know how to put on disguises. A shot to the head, fire, and in one case, ''strangulation'', will kill them, depending on the scene.
* ParentalIncest: Young Michael ''really'' loves his mother.
* SinisterScythe: The zombies use a scythe to ''very slowly'' decapitate some poor maid. They do this after pinning her a window frame by throwing an iron spike through her hand.
* TooDumbToLive: When the survivors are surrounded on all sides by tool-using, flesh-eating zombies, [[GenreBlindness one character suggests that the zombies might just want something in the house instead of them.]] His solution to their predicament is to ''open the doors and let them in.'' Not that it matters, as the zombies know how to use a battering ram.
* WorldOfHam: Most of the cast is prone to serious over-acting.
* ZombieApocalypse: Sort of. Given that the victims of the zombies become zombies themselves, it can be assumed that this is the direction events would likely progress.
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