“I’ve done far worse than kill you. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on… hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet… buried alive. Buried alive.” – Khan Noonien Singh

As “buried alive” goes, James Kirk had it pretty good – lots of space, food, and oxygen. Today on Caustic Soda we’ll take a look at the far more gruesome examples of being… (whispers over the communicator) buried alive.

Music: “Diggin’ Up the World” by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets off their album “Great Old Ones” (c) 2010

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Videos

Movies

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Toren: 10/10
Kevin:10/10
Joe: 10/10

Kill Bill 2
Toren: 5/10
Kevin: 7/10
Joe: 7/10

The Prestige
Toren: 7/10
Kevin: 8/10
Joe: 7/10

Casino
Toren: 8/10
Kevin: 8/10

Blood Simple
Toren: 8/10
Kevin:8/10

The Mummy
Toren: 4/10
Kevin: 6/10
Joe: 6/10

Pit and the Pendulum 1961 Vincent Price, Barbara Steele
Toren: 6/10

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  • banks!

    I’m not sure how you guys missed this one but how about the film ‘Buried Alive’ with Jennifer Jason Leigh?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099188/

    Also, I recall this story from earlier in the year about a Turkish girl getting buried alive so I went and found you a link…

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/761525–woman-buried-alive-to-save-family-reputation

  • banks!

    I’m not sure how you guys missed this one but how about the film ‘Buried Alive’ with Jennifer Jason Leigh?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099188/

    Also, I recall this story from earlier in the year about a Turkish girl getting buried alive so I went and found you a link…

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/761525–woman-buried-alive-to-save-family-reputation

  • Eric Poulton

    There was also the classic walled-in story Edgar Allen Poe’s Cask of Amontillado. Poe loved him some immurement.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cask_of_Amontillado

  • Joel

    Something the ‘escape from a coffin’ process overlooks is this: it is rare (at least in American, where in most states there are a variety of laws preventing it) for a coffin, wooden or otherwise, to be placed directly into the ground. Generally, the coffin itself is placed within a concrete container (sometimes called a vault) before the entire thing is covered in dirt. My understanding this is in part to prevent the terrible embalming chemicals from leaving into the surrounding soil over time (also, because the vault is air/water tight, it increases the length of preservation of the corpse).

  • Joel

    Something the ‘escape from a coffin’ process overlooks is this: it is rare (at least in American, where in most states there are a variety of laws preventing it) for a coffin, wooden or otherwise, to be placed directly into the ground. Generally, the coffin itself is placed within a concrete container (sometimes called a vault) before the entire thing is covered in dirt. My understanding this is in part to prevent the terrible embalming chemicals from leaving into the surrounding soil over time (also, because the vault is air/water tight, it increases the length of preservation of the corpse).

  • marlo

    When Joe stopped whispering “buried alive” part way through the podcast, I kept on doing it all on my own.

    WRATH OF KHAN REFERENCES = WIN. ALWAYS.

  • Trevor

    Check out CSI Season 5 Episodes 24/25 (this was in 2005) directed by Quentin Tarantino where ‘Nick Stokes’ get buried alive. Very intense!

  • Trevor

    Check out CSI Season 5 Episodes 24/25 (this was in 2005) directed by Quentin Tarantino where ‘Nick Stokes’ get buried alive. Very intense!

  • Derek

    Awesome music on this one, guys. Oh, and I think there have been a couple of buried alive incidents on Bones too.

  • Chew

    In the news… dit dit dah dit dah dit dit… Zombie Woman Climbs from Casket Six Days after She Died

  • Katie

    You guys left out the movie Buried that came out in 2010 with Ryan Reynolds. I watched it and honestly couldn’t finish it because it was so intense it freaked me out, and that’s saying something. Below is the IMDB page link.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462758/

  • Katie

    You guys left out the movie Buried that came out in 2010 with Ryan Reynolds. I watched it and honestly couldn’t finish it because it was so intense it freaked me out, and that’s saying something. Below is the IMDB page link.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462758/

    • Toren

      I don’t think we left it out so much as it hadn’t come out by the time we recorded. But it’s a good suggestion to watch and mention in a Follow Ups episode. Good sleuthing!

      • Katie

        I couldn’t find an actual release date on IMDB, it just said 2010. But you’re welcome anyway. 🙂

  • Jen

    Have you seen “Interview with the Vampire” with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kristen Dunst? Brad Pitt’s character is locked in a coffin, put somewhere upside down in the catacombs, and bricked in. Does that count as being both buried alive AND immured? (Loved the book and movie by the way)

  • Nate

    I think the one buried alive scene that has always haunted me most is the avalanche scene in “Alive”, where the snow packs the fuselage of the airplane that is pointed up the mountain while all the survivors were asleep inside of it.

    Talk about a snow job.

  • Nate

    I think the one buried alive scene that has always haunted me most is the avalanche scene in “Alive”, where the snow packs the fuselage of the airplane that is pointed up the mountain while all the survivors were asleep inside of it.

    Talk about a snow job.

  • TOm

    The Serpent and the Rainbow, hell the tagline was “Don’t let them bury me! I’m not dead!”

    • Generaleesimo

      We talked about this movie quite a bit in the ZOMBIES episode, if you’d care to check that one out….

  • Taylor

    The 1946 radio series “Murder at Midnight” had an episode that dealt with multiple occurrences of being buried alive, titled “The Line is Dead”. It is episode #21 on this page (26 minutes). https://archive.org/details/MuderAtMidnight

    It’s one of my favorite in the series, if you enjoy old timey radio, give it a listen.

  • Chelle

    The Pit and the Pendulum was the scariest movie I ever saw as a child I, too, watched that and House of Usher back to back, after The Raven and one other (thank you, Science Center of Iowa for the Vincent Price marathon night. Did wonderful things to mold me at age seven…) Since P&P, whenever I hear the phrase “iron maiden”, I do not think of rock and roll, I think of torture.
    Still two of my favorite movies to this day.