Kiss Daddy Goodbye [DVD] [1981]

This admirably odd little horror film -- which features an intriguing cast and a truly bizarre premise -- gets an upgraded presentation on DVD in this edition from SRS Cinema. Kiss Daddy Goodbye has been given a letterboxed, non-anamorphic transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1:78:1; the transfer appears to have been taken from a video source (it opens with a "Monterey Home Video" logo) and the image is a bit soft, but the color balance is accurate and the source materials are fairly clean if not spotless. The audio has been mastered in PCM Stereo, and sounds good if not quite exceptional. The film's dialogue is in English, with no optional subtitles or multiple language options. Bonus features on this release include an optional commentary track featuring director Patrick Regan and producer Alain Silver, as well as a short gallery of production photos. Kiss Daddy Goodbye doesn't look great on this DVD, but it looks good enough for most genre fans, and the commentary offers some welcome background on this overlooked oddity.
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Special Features

  • Uncut movie
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery


Kiss Daddy Goodbye
Two unusual children have a unique solution to the problem of living without a father in this offbeat horror vehicle. Tom Blanchard (Fabian Forte) is the new deputy in a small town along the California coast, and during his first day on duty he gets to know Nora Dennis (Marilyn Burns), who works with the local board of education. Among Nora's chores is looking in on Professor Nicholas (Bill Randa, aka Will Rand), an eccentric widower who home schools his two children, Beth (Nell Regan) and Michael (Patrick Regan III), but when Nora is unable to get in touch with Nicholas, she wonders if something is afoot. Nora's suspicions are well founded -- a handful of renegade bikers invaded the Professor's property, and one killed him during an argument. However, we soon discover why Nicholas was raising his children on his own -- Beth and Michael possess telekinetic abilities, and are able to use their powers along with spells from their late dad's books on the occult to re-animate father's corpse and make him do their bidding. Director Patrick Regan cast his children Nell and Patrick III as the telekinetic youngsters in what proved to be their only screen roles. Kiss Daddy Goodbye has also been released as Caution, Children At Play, The Vengeful Dead and Revenge Of The Zombie. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marilyn Burns
    Marilyn Burns
  • Image coming soon
    Jon Cedar
  • Fabian
  • Marvin Miller
    Marvin Miller
  • Image coming soon
    Chester Grimes
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