Friday, June 20, 2014

DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS personifies experimental weirdness

Director: George Barry

Cast: Dave Marsh, Patrick Spence-Thomas, Rosa Luxemburg, Linda Bond, Demene Hall

Cult Epics / All Region / Unrated / 1.33:1 Fullscreen / DTS-HD 5.1 Surround, DTS-HD 2.0 Stereo / 80 minutes

Extras: Introduction By Stephen Thrower, Author Of Nightmare USA (2013) / Introduction By George Barry (2003) / Audio Commentary By George Barry And Stephen Thrower / Nightmare USA - A Conversation Between Stephen Thrower And George Barry On Horror Films Of The 1970s And 1980s / Behind-The-Scenes Of Death Bed In Detroit (2013) / Original Death Bed Credit Music Track (1977)


A Victorian-era looking bed stands in a desolate room, in a deserted home, located in a vacated town. A man is trapped behind a painting of The Bed in the same room. He is forced to watch as the bed satiates its voracious hunger by eating anything and everything that unfortunately lies upon it. You see, The Bed is cursed by the blood of a demon who was jilted by his love. The man behind the painting was an artist who was The Bed's first victim who the bed resurrected so he could paint a picture of the piece of furniture and to live out his days watching the bed take the lives of innocent people. What or who will stop the demonic bed's lifetime of hellish hunger?

Most of the dialogue of Death Bed: The Bed That Eats is the thoughts of "the artist" and the various victims of The Bed. The story is told very much like a demented fairy tale. While it is indeed a horror movie complete with gore and nubile nudity, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats is just as much a 1970s curio of experimental, low-budget filmmaking. Every bit of the movie is cheesy and laughable but you just want to keep watching it to see what the hell happens next. The bed eats its victims by sucking them down into a sea of yellow acidic liquid that eats away the flesh down to the bone, and all the while you hear a crunching, munching sound. What? And it doesn't just eat people, it eats anything; teddy bears, books, even Pepto Bismol!

Cinesploitation contributor Alan Spencer wrote this film up last year via the Cult Epics DVD and this quote sums up Death Bed: The Bed That Eats nicely, "This movie is pretentious at times, but it's also something I've never ever seen before and won't experience again." According to his review, the DVD picture quality was "dark and grainy" which Cult Epics seems to have fixed with their new HD transfer from the old surviving materials, the 16mm print. It is by no means a perfect print but it looks pretty solid for such an obscure title and just 16mm materials. The Blu-ray also offers a crap-load of new and interesting supplemental material featuring commentary, introductions and a conversation with director George Barry and Stephen Thrower. This release is definitely worth the upgrade for this '70s oddity.

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