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on March 12, 2009
Deathdream is a movie from either 1972 or 1974 depending on if you see the credits at the end of the movie or if you look at the product listing. Anyway, its a 70's movie. And its a gem from that era. The remastering on the dvd makes it look almost like the movie was made in the present day. The only way you can tell what time it was from was by the fashions and cars.
Deathdream is about a soldier returning home from the war. He actually gets killed during the war. But later we find out he is not really dead. Or is he? Once he is home we find out some strange things are going on with the soldier (Andy). He is not acting like a normal person. He is transforming into an evil entity. There is a murder that happened and Andy soon becomes a suspect.
This movie was ahead of its time. It dealt with an issue not typical in flicks back then. It is a horror movie but it was different from the norm. I loved seeing how evil Andy was becoming. Richard Backus turned in a good performance. He convinced me about what evil really is.
The make-up effects were done by a young Tom Savini. The movie was directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas).
The disk comes with two commentaries, a 12 minute vinette with Richard Backus (it is interesting to see how much he had aged in 30-plus years), a 10 minute segment with Tom Savini, & a few other features. They did an excellent job remastering the movie like I stated earlier.
Overall this is an interesting little film from the 70's and worth taking a look at.