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Death Bed: The Bed That Eats [Blu-ray] [1977] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JXZ90EA
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Death bed The bed that eats.

Out in the middle of nowheresville USA there is a crumbling old country estate. On that estate is an outbuilding, in which lies a four poster bed that isn't what it appears to be. The bed is possessed by a hungry demon and will eat anything that comes by its way. On the wall of this building is a black ink pen drawing by Beardsley (Aubrey Beardsley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) the artists tormented soul lies trapped behind the painting forced to witness the beds hunger!

If Death Bed sounds f*****g nuts, then the experience of watching it does not disappoint. The one and only film from George Barry, shot on the cheap just outside of Detroit, Death Bed has all the Hallmarks of a first time director. Every mistake imaginable is present in one form or another including stilted dialogue, bizarre and occasionally ludicrous effects and a disjointed narrative that reverts back and forth in time and flips back and forth with various voice overs to represent the characters individual thoughts.

Certainly then the film is something of a mess. But, its a curiously odd and compelling little mess. The flaws and rough edges to the film give it an odd dreamlike quality and the strange humor to the film makes it possibly a rare example of an absurdist horror film. The film has some bizarre and genuinely eccentric sequences, including the shots of both food and people enveloped in yellow acid in the beds 'stomach'.

It's these qualities that has allowed the film to survive all these years. Never officially distributed, the film existed in a strange hinterland of dodgy VHS bootlegs. Thankfully the film has now been unearthed and given a proper release by Cult Epics on region free blu-ray with a decent set of extras.
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`Death Bed' is an absolutely unique piece of super-low budget American `70s horror. Thankfully, that's one of my favourite genres of cinema (`Messiah of Evil' and `Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural' spring to mind as particular stand-outs insofar as relative contemporaries of this film go) so I enjoyed this enormously, despite its clear, obvious and quite forgivable flaws. Never officially released until this DVD came out (it took director and creator George Barry, who based it on a dream he'd had, 5 years to finish it only to fail in attaining any kind of distribution, during attempts at which a UK company shamelessly pirated the film!), the time has come for this strange, eccentric, loveable piece of cinema to gain its audience. It may not be a huge audience, but it is certainly deserving of recognition.

The plot, such as it is, concerns a demonic four poster bed that consumes anyone who foolishly uses it as a place of repose. Narrating our little tale in a decidedly deadpan manner is the ghost of Victorian artist Aubrey Beardsley (!), trapped inside one of his own paintings, near to the bed. Beardsley reveals some of the bed's sordid and frequently extremely comic history in flashback, whilst in the present day, the starving piece of baroque furniture proceeds to consume anyone it can, generating gouts of acidic mustard-coloured froth and dragging hapless topless women within its honey-toned liquid interior, in a kind of sedentary rampage. Frankly, if the sheer bizarreness of this paragraph hasn't won you over yet, this is probably not the film for you. But the blackly comic tone really makes this a one of a kind production, at times strangely reminiscent of a more bloody, nightmarish take on Monty Python-esque humour.
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........and, it eats people...and there you go. You know that's not how I do things, Anyway I can't say I liked this movie, but then again, I can't say I didn't like it either. I'm more fascinated by the fact that this movie was made at all. In fact, I'm more fascinated by the fact that they started shooting in 1972 and took 5 years to finish filming. At no point did George Barry decide that this little gem wasn't worth finishing, even though after it didn't get distribution he promptly forgot about it.

You'll come to fine out that a demon falls in lust with a girl, but when she dies from his attentions, he grieves and his blood falls on a bed, turning it into a hungry creature that digests anything placed on it. The bed can make flowers grow out of a skull, lock doors, drag bodies around, make munching sounds and pour pepto-bismol out of a bottle. The bed has a pool of digestive juices with blood that can swallow anything without soiling the sheets and it can bring an artist back as a ghost, paint his fingernails black and imprison him behind a painting. A reasonably good premise, some intelligent and clever moments, good fix for the seven dollar budget, but the AWFUL narration, the gigantic lapses in continuity, the lack of explanation or identification of characters...nonetheless this is one of those pix that was so miserable yet well-intentioned that it was great.

But I sat there revising the film in my head and hoping that Craven or Carpenter or even Roth would see this DVD and decide to re-do it with real money and real actors and a real script. Still, if you love lousy horror movies (and you're in the lousy horror movie section) this is a great way to kill a bag of popcorn with a couple of friends.
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