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Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
     

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

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Director: George Barry,

Cast: Demene Hall, Julie Ritter, William Russ

 

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Over 25 years after it was completed, the rediscovered classic of dreamlike weirdness Death Bed: The Bed That Eats has finally been given an official release thanks to director George Barry and the Cult Epics label. With a new 16 mm transfer and a slightly hissy stereo signal, the disc's look and sound are a perfect fit for the flick and completely acceptable

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Over 25 years after it was completed, the rediscovered classic of dreamlike weirdness Death Bed: The Bed That Eats has finally been given an official release thanks to director George Barry and the Cult Epics label. With a new 16 mm transfer and a slightly hissy stereo signal, the disc's look and sound are a perfect fit for the flick and completely acceptable given the age and rarity of the original film elements. Special features on the DVD include a five-minute introduction by the director, where he discusses the film's early days through the infamous bootleg and eventually to its rediscovery after he read a review from a website. Even more of this unbelievable story can be gleamed from the four-page liner notes, written by Stephen Thrower (author or Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci). For anyone who's ever heard of the legend of Death Bed (or were tricked by Danny Draven's 2002 erotic stinker of virtually the same name), now is as perfect time as any to jump in and discover this strange oddity for yourself.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Idiosyncratic even for a cult film that languished in obscurity for more than two decades, this baroque tale of terror works best as an absurdist comedy -- a curiosity worth seeing just for the puzzlement it invokes. If it was meant to be funny, then it's one of the most deadpan satires in cinematic history. If not, well, who cares? It's a head-scratchingly ridiculous good time. From the coquettish narration (by Patrick Spence-Thomas) to the zombie-like acting of its default protagonists (Rosa Luxemburg and William Russ), everything is off just enough to suggest that the picture was conceived, if not filmed, during a controlled-substance free-for-all. Then there's the bed itself: a gigantic set-piece that seems to expand until it rules the entire picture. There's no suspense here, really, just languid set-ups in-between scenes of unsuspecting sleepers sinking into the luxurious mire of the mattress and into the viscous, urine-like digestive fluids that seems to exist outside of time and space -- a primordial muck. Characters disappear out of the frame and then bob back into it as skeletons, provoking guffaws at the inventiveness of the low-budget production design. Just when it seems that the film can't get any stranger, we're treated to an extended sequence in which one lucky character escapes the bed's pillowy embrace only to have his hands turn into bones that slowly disintegrate as he watches, transfixed as if by a lava lamp. The fiery, poorly filmed finale provides the only sour note, for pyrotechnics are an anti-climax to everything that's gone before. Otherwise, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats is a major classic in the what-were-they-thinking school of horror.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
UPC:
0881190002094
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cult Epics
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
45,932

Special Features

New transfer from original 16 mm print; Four-page liner notes; Video introduction by the director; Unrated, uncensored version

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Breakfast [7:06]
2. Picnic Gone Sour [4:34]
3. Bed's Dream [2:19]
4. Lunch [8:25]
5. Hunger Voyeur [2:43]
6. Suzan's Dream [7:30]
7. Things Past [9:44]
8. Bed's Birth [6:50]
9. Dinner [12:33]
10. Helping Hands [7:58]
11. The Just Dessert [6:17]
12. Credits [1:17]

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