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4.0 out of 5 stars "I died for you, Doc. Now why shouldn't you return the favour?", 31 July 2009
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This review is from: Deathdream [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Deathdream (AKA Dead Of Night, The Night Andy Came Home) is a great little intelligent horror film.
Whilst George Romero was scrabbling around for another good idea to follow on from his seminal, brutal and scathing Night Of The Living Dead, Bob Clark seized the opportunity to amplify the sense of disillusionment and nihilism of Romero's masterpiece with this tale of an ordinary boy who comes back from Vietnam to his family profoundly altered. You see, Andy's dead and has become a murderous ghoul who needs to inject human blood to stave off the inevitable necrosis and preserve his boyish good looks.
His arrival as a monosyllabic shadow of his former self perplexes his family (who had been told he was dead), then leads to a total disintegration of their relationships with each other.
Deathdream plays with themes of the effect of Vietnam on combatants, the generational strife their trauma created with older Americans who didn't distinguish Nam from WW2 and Korea, the drug addiction some returning GI's succumbed to and a ghastly Oedipal power struggle between Andy's overprotective mother and more distant father.
A great cast plays out this melodrama with conviction, and it's all wrapped in a delicious horror coating with Andy slowly becoming more menacing (at one point he strangles the family dog in front of some neighborhood kids) homicidal and zombielike (great make up effects by Tom Savini in his first film outing.)
A real gem, it feels harsh to only give 4 stars, but I'm doing so in recognition of the fact that grainy low budget early 70's Nam allegories aren't going to appeal to everyone.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2010 23:21:26 BDT
Doc, please could you divulge if this is a Region 0 release, or is the product info right for once

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2010 19:01:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Sep 2010 19:02:15 BDT
Doc Benway says:
Hi Jonathon, just checked for you and it's Region 0 NTSC, as most Blue Underground releases seem to be. I don't know why Amazon seem to always list them as Region 1. Not unlocked your player then?

Posted on 25 May 2012 11:04:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2012 11:11:14 BDT
Big Mike says:
Good review, but the "dog being strangled" is a spoiler for those, who unlike myself, may not have seen the film before it was released on video or on DVD!! :)

Posted on 17 Sep 2014 23:02:12 BDT
Jaffa says:
Anyone had any playback problems with this release? I tried playing on a dedicated Region 1 player, but the thing wouldn't even load.....and neither would its replacement. Could have been a bad batch but i've given up on this purchase for now.
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