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Death Bed: The Bed That Eats [DVD] [1977]

Release Date:04/27/2004
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.

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    Special Features

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


    Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
    Decades worth of innocent travelers fall prey to a demonic and hungry piece of furniture in this long-lost cult film, which was completed in 1977, but not released until a quarter-century later. In a tiny stone castle in the woods, the ghost of a flouncy artist (Dave Marsh/voice of Patrick Spence-Thomas) remains trapped inside the walls and witnesses the strange goings-on that give the film its title. It seems that the magnificent canopy bed that dominates the decor is actually the resting place of a demon who built it to seduce a lovely maiden back in 1897. Their unnatural congress having killed the poor girl, her monstrous Casanova became one with his creation and proceeded to snack on anybody who chanced across his rustic retreat. As the ghost watches, horrified, additional victims fall prey to the pernicious pallet. But the reign of terror may finally be over when the bed receives a visit from a pair of young siblings (Rosa Luxemburg and William Russ). The lone film by writer/director George Barry, Death Bed did not find distribution until 25 years after its 1977 completion -- and then only thanks to an Internet review of a bootleg copy. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats received its U.S. premiere at the San Francisco International Horror Festival February 15, 2003. A mural of the titular abomination by noted occultist Austin Osman Spare figures prominently in the film's plot. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Julie Ritter - Suzan
    • William Russ
      William Russ - Sharon's Brother
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      Linda Bond - The Resurrected
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      Rosa Luxemburg - Sharon

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