Try to find the Full Moon double feature DVD
B-Movie Nightmares | Sparks, NV United States | 03/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The double feature DVD has both Deathbed and Castle Freak, so it's worth searching for. The only possible disadvantage I can see is both movies are shown in fullscreen. However, the Castle Freak single movie disc is a fullscreen version also, so unless you really need a widescreen version of Deathbed or must have extras like commentary, etc. why not get two movies on one inexpensive disc.In my opinion Castle Freak is a tad overrated, but it's still well worth checking out. I think the frenzy over this movie has to do with the fact that it's Stuart (Re-Animator) Gordon directing Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, both of whom were the main actors from Re-Animator. They play a couple with a blind daughter who move into a spooky castle with 150 rooms (sorry, but it doesn't look big enough from the outside). The freak in question is a deformed, scarred, ancient human with a taste for blood. He is accidentally released from his place of captivity and proceeds to run amok in the castle. Excellent FX here, namely the freak makeup and the gore scenes. I thought the story ran out of steam by the end, which was somewhat disappointing. It wasn't bad, it's just that there were some really twisted scenes early on that made me expect a little bit more of a payoff at the end. After watching Re-Animator so many times it's hard for me to watch Jeffrey Combs in another role, especially without glasses. It makes me want to yell "West! You forgot your specs!" He's still pretty nerdy and amusing in this movie, though, especially the scene where he and the daughter search for the castle for "booty." I know it means treasure, but when Combs says it it's downright hilarious.Deathbed was a pleasant surprise. It's low budget, the acting is hit & miss, but it actually gave me the creeps a few times. Karen, a children's book illustrator and Jerry, her photographer boyfriend move into a huge Hollywood loft. At night she starts hearing noises from behind a boarded-up door and decides to investigate. The apartment manager helps her tear the door down, which reveals a hidden room upstairs with an old-fashioned iron bed. They clean up the bed and move it downstairs, then the fun begins. Basically it's a "haunted bed" story. While in the bed Karen finds herself possessed by the spirit of a woman who was killed in the bed years ago. This improves Karen and Jerry's sex life, but, of course, eventually leads to trouble.I liked this movie because of the little details and plot twists. The sketches Karen does while under the influence of the woman's ghost are downright scary; they reminded me of the old EC horror comics like "Tales from the Crypt," "Vault of Horror," etc. Plus you get Dukey Flyswatter in a supporting role--I remember him as the singer from the L.A. horror/rock band Haunted Garage. There's not very much blood in the movie until the last few minutes. Then you get an extremely gory, over-the-top scene as a payoff.Don't expect miracles from these two films--they're not masterpieces but both are good, solid horror movies. I would think for the relatively cheap price any horror fan would be pleased."
Wow, this movie sucks.
Puzzle box | Kuwait | 05/30/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"A young couple decide to rent an appartment in hollywood when they settle in they discover that inside a locked room which is opened by the landlord has an old bed and matress, the bed seems to be possesed by an evil spirit. If you find the idea of a possesed bed to be intresting then you'll probably like this film, otherwise I found the film to be rather anoying and dull. Most of the time nothing happens except for the ending which has a badly executed gore scene. The only reason why I watched this piece of crap in the first place was because of Stauart Gordon who produced it I thought it was going to be a decent horror film. The film was shot on digital video and was directed by Danny Draven and was released on the full moon label allthough I cannot recomend this crap to anyone so I suggest that you avoid it."
What ever happened to Barbara Crampton?
Music lover in Omaha | Omaha, Ne | 08/20/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"In Movieland, some people are just born for certain parts. This was a Jeffrey Combs/Barbara Crampton movie if there ever was one. All it lacked was Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. This was not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination unless you are satisfied with the sexy blonde in the black underwear on the bed for a photo session. She was sexy but not sympathetic. The ending was ...well, what were they doing? The heroine was bashing in the skull of a person who obviously was no where near her from the angle of the camera shot and where she was swinging. Anyway, the movie was pretty bad. So bad in fact, I immediately again watched Reanimator and From Beyond, both with Jeffrey and Barbara, then I watched Death Bed again...I hate to admit it...I might watch it a third time. Oh, and Joe Estavez...Talk about unintentionally hilarious!!!."