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Writer / director George Barry's "Death Bed: The Bed That Eats" is one of the strangest films you'll ever encounter. At first, it would seem that it could only generate laughter due to its outrageous premise, but it's quite possible to take it seriously, as a surreal work of art with touches of exploitation (namely, gore and nudity) thrown in.
The title pretty much lays it out for you: the title item of furniture has been possessed by a demon for many years, and claimed many victims, pulling them down into its yellow, frothy, hungry innards. One of the victims is an artist (Dave Marsh, voice-over by Patrick Spence- Thomas) whose spirit is now trapped behind one of his paintings and can't do a thing to warn anybody who stops by.
This film has got a real unearthly vibe and a European sensibility going for it. It creates its own universe, and occupies it to great effect. The viewer may keep watching out of a sense of sheer fascination. Granted, its acting is all on the amateurish side, but the low low budget does work in its favour, as such an element often does for such B pictures. None of the human characters are terribly interesting, certainly not as interesting as the bed itself, which does have a presence.
There are some very memorable moments, such as the extended sequence where Diane (Demene Hall) starts to get sucked into the bed, manages to emerge (albeit with legs now bloodied up and useless), and starts to crawl to freedom, only for...Well, I know it's best to let you discover it for yourself. When a young man (William Russ) loses both hands to the ravenous bed, he's oddly not too distraught but more amazed at the damage done.
"Death Bed: The Bed That Eats" is definitely the kind of thing you have to see for yourself. It HAS developed a following, if not a particularly large one, and that's not hard to understand. It's a true original.
Eight out of 10.
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