The world of horror has delivered some of the strangest films over the years, but throughout the 70’s may have been the strangest time of them all. A lot of them have now gained cult status for various reasons, but none have been as elusive as Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. As if the strange title and concept weren’t enough to want to see this film, it was made in 1977, but didn’t receive an actual release until 2003, which makes it even more intriguing. Now Cult Epics is bringing this lost horror classic to Blu-ray for the first time.
Death Bed tells the story of a large, black, four-poster bed, possessed by a demon that is passed from owner to owner. The Demon was a tree, who became a breeze and seemingly fell in love with a woman he blew past. The demon then took human form and conjured up a bed. While he was making love with the woman she died and his eyes bled onto the bed, causing it to become possessed. Those who come into contact with the bed are frequently consumed by it. The bed demonstrates a malevolent intelligence as well as some psychokinetic and limited telepathic abilities to manipulate dreams. If the title of this film seems a bit familiar, it should as Patton Oswalt did an entire comedy routine about it. While this synopsis seems pretty simple to follow, it’s not so much when you see the actual film. This is by far the strangest film ever to come from this genre, but not due to gore or graphic nature, but more from the story itself. While watching this film it is a bit hard to figure out what is going on throughout the entire thing other than that the bed is eating people and things. These scenes are actually pretty well done in a clever strange way, especially for the time period it was made. The cast do an ok job, but seem to have no sense of urgency or real fear during the whole movie. Clearly there was a more artistic approach that the director was taking for this movie that both helped and hurt the film. While the strangeness alone made for an interesting viewing experience, the artsy aspect seems to take away any terror or horror from the overall concept. While these statements may sound negative, they actually make this film that much more enjoyable for its utter bizarre nature. There is a simple confusion to it all that accompanied with the insane subject that makes it a really great film.
You will be hard pressed to turn this movie off once it starts as it is so out there and strange that it will entertain you on some level even if you don’t want it too. It may also require multiple viewings just to figure out what is going on. If you like strange films then this is the film for you. If for no other reason than its long time in limbo and hard to find nature, this is surely one that horror fans need to add to their collection. This Blu-ray not only features a new HD transfer of this hard to find cult classic, it also features commentaries, behind the scenes and more making this unique film experience all the better.
This is a must own for any hardcore fan of classic horror cinema so be sure to grab yours when Death Bed: The Bed That Eats hits Blu-ray on June 3rd from Cult Epics. For more information head over to www.cultepics.com