Indian tombs have long been associated with stories of random people who trip over them and ultimately cause haunted and paranormal activity. This trope has been widely used in horror films with stories about indigenous spirits that haunt and curse those who have disturbed them. This topic has been overused and is factually wrong, but it hasn’t stopped Hollywood from returning to this topic again and again. At other times, the tomb is not visited, but still plays an important role in history. Here are ten fictional films about Indian graves.
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0 Pet Sematary (1989)
In the 1989 horror film Pet Sematary, based on Stephen King’s book, the Pet Sematary was a Native American burial ground used by the tribe known as Micmacs. The old burial site is next to what is now an animal cemetery, which is now cursed. Everything that is buried in the cemetery comes back to life and devastates the city and its people. This trope was seen in several horror films in the 80s.
In the film, a cat named Church is killed and buried in ancient Indian tombs. The church is alive again, but this time much more evil. The cat smells worse than ever, tears mice and birds violently and is no longer as lively as previously known. A young child is also killed and buried by the father in the Indian cemetery, hoping to bring his son back to life. His wish came true when the child rose from the grave, but like the church, the child was different than before. Spectators quickly learn that sometimes dead is better.
9 Scalps (1983)
Scalps was just another horror film from the 1980s that used an Indian burial site as the film’s focus. Six archaeological students travel to the California desert to collaborate on an excavation despite being warned not to leave. When the group begins digging in an ancient Indian tomb, they unleash an evil spirit called Black Claw.
The film was made on a budget of around $ 15,000 and showed Black Claw searching for revenge across the city. The evil spirit owned one of the group members and started slaughtering them individually. The low-budget film contains several slow scenes in which characters are scalped, which gives the film’s name a meaning.
8th Identity (2003)
The Pet Sematary contained burials on ancient Indian soil. Scalps was about people digging at tombs, but Identity has a building built on top of old tombs. In this 2003 film, ten strangers are stranded together in a small hotel during a rainstorm. Heavy rain flooded the streets in both directions and forced the group to spend the night in the hotel.
An unidentified murder slowly begins to kill everyone in the hotel. The group of strangers discovers that the motel’s brochure describes how the motel is located next to the place where Indians were buried and they begin to believe that the supernatural could cause the murders. The psychological slasher film is based on Agatha Christie’s book And Then There Were None, but you have to be careful whether the Indian tombs actually play a role in the murders.
7 Poltergeist (1982)
A family home in Poltergeist is haunted by a variety of spirits. The ghosts in this 1982 film appear to be family-friendly at first, as they playfully move various objects around the house. The spook changes quickly from amusing to demonic for the family as the spirits begin to terrorize them. The supernatural energy reaches a peak when the ghosts “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
The Poltergeist conspiracy is often attributed to the Indian tomb, but this is a common mistake my many people made. An episode of Family Guy, Petergeist, even parodied the film when the main character Peter Griffin discovered an Indian burial site in his back yard. There was a cemetery in Poltergeist, but it wasn’t an old tribal grave. Regardless of whether there is a connection to the graves or not, the film will always be tied to the overused horror of the 1980s.
6 The Shining (1980)
Jack Nicholson plays in the psychological horror film The Shining, which is based on Stephen King’s book of the same name. The film, staged and produced by Stanley Kubrik, is about a family who encounters an uncanny presence during their stay in a hotel. The father, played by Nicholson, is influenced by violence, while his son has physical abilities that allow him to see terrible views of the past and the future.
The film’s Overlook Hotel was built on the site of a Native American tomb, and Nicholson interviewed the position of the winter guard in the hotel. He quickly learns of the hotel’s scary reputation, but still accepts the position after being impressed by the hotel. The Shining is a staple of pop culture and is widely regarded as one of the most influential films ever made. The film is one of the most popular films in which the local burial site is used.
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5 Monster Wolf (2010)
Monsterwolf combines fantasy and horror to create the low-budget film for television. The film didn’t get any great reviews or ratings, but the predictability and poor acting are entertaining for some horror fans. The science fiction film is about a group of oil company workers who find new land to drill. Her work releases a wolf-like creature that devastates people and the city.
They’ve probably figured it out by now, but the land they’re drilling from is actually an ancient Indian tomb, and the spiritual wolf only protects the land from those who threaten it. The bad oil workers are destroyed by the wolf and can only be stopped by the last surviving Native Americans. The plot fits exactly with other Indian traditions and legends, but the story of the monster wolf creates a new element for an old story.
4th Little Big Man (1970)
Many of the films on this list fall under the genres of horror, science fiction, or fantasy, but Little Big Man is full of drama, adventure, and comedy. The 1970 film is about the story of Jack Crabb, who is currently old in the film, but tells the story of how he was brought up by Native Americans. Native Americans are portrayed compassionately in the film, while the US cavalry is viewed as the villains.
Jack tells the story of how he was looked after by Old Lodge Skins, a tribal leader, since he was a boy of ten. After saving another child’s life, Jack earned the name “Little Big Man” because he was small but also very brave. Later in the film, he tells the story of how he accompanied Old Lodge Skins on an Indian burial mound. Old Lodge Skins said it was a good day to die and went to his place on the tomb. It started to rain and it turned out that he was still alive and said, “Well, sometimes the magic works. Sometimes not. ” 
3rd Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
Trying to understand the storyline of Silent Hill: Revelation can be more confusing than algebra, but the movie is fun for fans of crummy horror films and fans of the Silent Hill video game franchise. According to Revelation, Silent Hill was originally a West Virginia prison colony built on stolen Indian soil. It was known as “The Place of the Silent Spirits”.
The film is about Heather Mason, who is drawn to an alternative reality in the city of Silent Hill. She thinks she is on the run with her father, who murdered a man for self-defense. On the eve of her 18th birthday, she discovers that her father actually protected her from an evil cult called the Order of Valtiel. As soon as she learns who she really is, she falls into the demonic world of Silent Hill with little hope of escaping.
2nd The Amityville Horror (1979)
Amityville Horror, released in 1979, is about a couple moving into a big house with a terrible story. The house chases her in a strange way, which eventually makes her move away. The story was based on the true accounts of the Lutz family, who claimed that they were experiencing supernatural things at home, ranging from strange visions to physical transformations.
The connection to an Indian tomb results from the book by Lutz, which claims that the house was built on old tombs. They said the house was built on a plumbing-like site where sick and dying Indians died horribly. The Lutz family’s facts have been questioned, and there may be no connection whatsoever to a Native American tomb. True or not, the film has always been associated with the trope because it frightened millions of viewers.
1 The new daughter (2009)
Spanish screenwriter Luis Berdejo made his directorial debut with the horror film The New Daughter. The film is based on the John Connolly short story of the same name. The film is about a recently divorced writer who moves with his two children to an old house in South Carolina. On the first night after moving into the new home, the daughter hears strange noises outside her bedroom window.
When exploring the property the next day, the children discover that their new home is next to an Indian burial mound. The father then learns that his new home in the city is famous for the disappearance of a woman who previously lived there. Then he returns home and finds his daughter’s cat mutilated. The family is constantly haunted by the supernatural throughout the film, as the ancient Indian burial mound plays an important role in the film’s outcome.
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