"In Buried Alive, I play a guy who is a groundskeeper, a Vietnam-veteran groundskeeper, at a lodge," says Bell. "And these college students come to this lodge. The lodge is owned by the father of one of the college students. This guy lives in a trailer in the property. He's a Vietnam veteran, kind of an odd fellow, kind of like a housepainter." Bell as an unhinged Vietnam vet? I can see that working.
While packing a visceral kick, the title Buried Alive doesn't win points for originality. The IMDB lists ten films by that name, most notably in my mind one truly nasty Italian gore flick from 1979, known in its native language as Buio Omega. No laughs to be had in that flick; take my word for it. But what's in a name? With Buried Alive shooting for a Halloween 2007 release, and with Saw IV presumably releasing around that same time, it looks like Bell's association with Halloween might one day rival Jimmy Stewart and It's a Wonderful Life's hold on Christmas.