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A bed possessed by a demon spirit consumes its users alive. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Demene Hall ... Diane

William Russ ... Sharon's Brother (as Rusty Russ)
Julie Ritter ... Suzan
Linda Bond ... The Resurrected
Patrick Spence-Thomas ... Voice of the Artist
Rosa Luxemburg ... Sharon
Dave Marsh ... Artist
Ed Oldani ... Victim
Dessa Stone ... First Female Victim
Marshall Tate ... Side Order
Samir Eid ... Gangster
Fred Abdenour ... Gangster
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Jock Brandis ... Priest
Demene E. Hall (as Demene Hall)
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Directed by
George Barry 
 
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George Barry 

Produced by
George Barry .... producer
Maureen Petrucci .... co-producer
Jim Williams .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ossian Brown 
Mike McCoy 
Stephen Thrower 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Fresco 
 
Film Editing by
Ron Medico 
 
Art Direction by
Maureen Petrucci 
 
Set Decoration by
Maureen Petrucci 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Parker .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tom Sherry .... sound
Patrick Spence-Thomas .... sound mixer
Jim Viola .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jock Brandis .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jock Brandis .... gaffer
Bob Gallant .... assistant camera
Robert Handley .... additional cinematographer
Clyde Stringer .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Dave Wedlake .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Robert Andrews .... production assistant
Darcy Barry .... director: introduction
Sean Barry .... intern
Howard Davis .... production assistant
David Kupczak .... introduction editor
Les Wears .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Daniel Craddock .... special thanks
Shahid Gulamali .... special thanks
Jean-Claude Michel .... special thanks
Stephen Thrower .... special thanks
 

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USA:77 min | USA:80 min (DVD version)
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Filming was begun in 1972. An answer print was struck in 1977, but the film was not released until 2003.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Obscure masterpiece, 18 February 2011
Author: Tromafreak from Tallahassee, Florida

Never has the words "hidden gem" been so accurate. Bad movie lovers might search all over for the next hidden obscurity, sometimes coming up short with stuff like Weasels rip my flesh, but other times, luck will prevail and you might end up with something like Death Bed, then hopefully realizing it's not a bad movie at all, it just has a bad title, and not even a bad title, but a humorous one that might throw you off, but Somehow Death Bed obviously still fits into the "bad" category, and there just ain't no way around that. With a vibe that's somber and empty, Death Bed is a true masterpiece of low-budget horror, reserved only for those fortunate enough to appreciate such a dark shadow of a vision.

Death Bed involves an incoherent, yet intriguing relationship between a demon in the bed and the sympathetic ghost trapped in the portrait, who only wishes he could spare someone from the awful fate of being devoured by the yellow suds. Although not all that scary, considering it's about a killer bed, Death Bed possesses the qualities that make for successful horror. A dark, desolate vibe, confusion, an eerie, subtle score and that dream quality that this masterpiece almost flaunts. Such a quality, or vibe usually seems unintentional. Not only is it intentional, but from what I've read, Death Bed is based on an actual dream, George Barry, the director, successfully transferred dream to film, only a genius could accomplish such a task.

Old mansions make for good quality horror, as do portraits. Not sure what to make of the killer bed with its killer yellow liquid. A bizarre dream, indeed. Also, this isn't quite the brand of B-horror I was expecting, considering the cheesy title and all. Before viewing this Gothic gem, I expected something more like Class Reunion Massacre. Now thats a bad movie, if you've seen it, you know what I'm saying. After considering all of the above, I feel like Death Bed deserves eight stars, but the mysterious charm of this one lingers long after the arrival of the internet era, which counts for something. 9/10

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