CANNON MONTH 2: Edgar Allan Poe’s Buried Alive (1990)

21st Century Film Corporation put out several Edgar Allan Poe films and why not? They’re all well-known names from a well-regarded horror author and best of all, you don’t have to pay to use them. All four 21st Century Poe movies were produced by Harry Alan Towers and having him teamed up with Menahem Golan is like when the X-Men and Teen Titans united to fight Dark Phoenix and Darkseid.

New teacher Janet Pendleton (Karen Witter, Playboy‘s March 1982 Playmate of the Month) has come to Ravenscroft Reform School, which also has head doctor Gary Julian (Robert Vaughn) and Doctor Schaeffer (Donald Pleasence in a really bad wig and worse accent) in the faculty, so certainly nothing bad can happen, like a Reagan-masked killer walling young women into the basement, right?

You don’t remember that time when Poe wrote about guys in Reagan masks?

How about when he had a girl using a mixer to curl her hair and scalp herself?

Arnold Vosloo from The Mummy plays a cop, Ginger Allen plays the worst of the bad girls, Nia Long plays Fingers who gives her friends switchblades, Gary’s father is John Carradine in his last role and guys from the all boys’ school head down to the dungeon to party with the girls and that’s how murder happens.

Director Gerard Kikoine also made Edge of Sanity and Master of Dragonard Hill — as well as plenty of adult films and editing Jess Franco’s Countess Perverse and Lorna the Exorcist — while writers Jake Chesi and Stuart Lee have only this movie to their credit. Most of the music from Frederic Talgorn is taken from Edge of Sanity. The song “Love Bites” from Ninja 3: The Domination is also in this which makes me wonder if Menahem also got the rights to a bunch of music when he left Cannon.

You can watch this on Tubi.

When this movie was over, I thought to myself, “How has Vinegar Syndrome not released this?” Within an hour, it was in their new releases. Get it now!

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