This cable-TV original is a demented twist on Poe's Premature Burial as hardworking construction company owner Tim Matheson is stuck in a marriage with miserable Jennifer Jason Leigh. Little does he know his wife and her doctor lover are scheming to kill him and sell his company for millions.
One night wifey injects him with some lethal poison from a rare tropical fish. They think he's dead and even bury him only for him to claw his way out of his shallow grave and extract his revenge.
Highly satisfying horror/thriller is loaded with decent suspense, great humour during the "embalming" scene and has lots of pleasing "just misses" moments and plot twists. Directed with style by Frank Darabont and well-acted by all this is one great time and even Matheson's zombie-like grave emergence is way cool.
This is Matheson's show and he's very convicing; he'd go on to direct the sequel. Made for cable.
Followed by a sequel.
Directed By: Frank Darabont.
Written By: Mark Patrick Carducci.
Starring: Tim Matheson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, William Atherton, Hoyt Axton.