Deathdream aka Dead of Night
DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono, Limited Edition
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SOMETHING UNSPEAKABLE HAS COME HOME
In this shattering variation on "The Monkey's Paw," grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award® nominees John Marley of THE GODFATHER and Lynn Carlin of FACES) refuse to accept the news that their son Andy (Richard Backus) has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well... or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (BLACK CHRISTMAS) and written by Alan Ormsby (DERANGED), DEATHDREAM was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.
DEATHDREAM was released under several different titles, including DEAD OF NIGHT, THE NIGHT WALK and THE NIGHT ANDY CAME HOME, and marked the grisly debut of gore effects legend Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD). Blue Underground is proud to present this acclaimed zombie shocker in a new 2K restoration from the 35mm negative in its most complete version ever, along with original and brand-new Extras exclusive to this release!
- Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director Bob Clark
- Audio Commentary #2 with Writer/Make-Up Artist (Uncredited) Alan Ormsby
- A Recollection With Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan Ormsby
- Notes For A Homecoming Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer
- Flying Down To Brooksville Interview with Production Manager John Bud Cardos
- Tom Savini: The Early Years
- Deathdreaming Interview with Star Richard Backus
- Alternate Opening Titles
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Galleries
- Alan Ormsby Student Film
- BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by critic Travis Crawford
"A Potent And Compelling Thriller!" ---Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A Stunner!" ---The Village Voice
"An Excellent Film… A Genuinely Chilling Horror Picture!" ---Rock! Shock! Pop!
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The quality of the transfer is simply amazing! While it is unfortunate that nothing can be done about the grain of the source footage if you use the correct settings on your TV it is far less noticeable.
While I haven't watched all of the extras as yet, the ones I have seen are highly informative and entertaining. They even included promotional materials INCLUDING industry promotional materials, even the press kit =^.^=! Thankfully the original choice for Andy didn't end up in the final product as his performance was abysmal (while painful to watch, I am still glad to have it).
While the box art is ugly the reverse side is better. I would like it if Blue Underground would send me the files for the box art so I could make my own as I prefer the original DVD box art as well as the earlier (VHS) box art :D.
I admit it, I'm an impulse buyer when it comes to VOD horror, and the title of this one convinced me that it would be something dreamlike and psychedelic, in the vein of Visions of Suffering. Turns out the movie's "real" name is Dead of Night, and it's not a strobes-and-lava-lamp production but a horror movie about a Viet Nam vet named Andy who gets killed in the war...and then comes home.
Does it sound like The Monkey's Paw to you? Well, I guess it is pretty much a direct adaptation of the plot to contemporary times, although I only learned that on the internet; I've never read The Monkey's Paw. But maybe I will after seeing this.
What it reminded me of was Fred Vogel's Sella Turcica, a movie I really liked, despite its stilted acting. The acting in this one is stilted to, especially that of Andy, played by Richard Backus in a psychotic flat affect that grew on me as the film went on until I was just about busting a gut at the scene were he goes out on a double date and the three around him are all trying desperately to pretend he's normal.
This is a great slow build movie. I liked the old time production values and the video restoration or whatever is very good except early on there are a few sound flaws. The violence, when it comes, is very intense and well choreographed.
And I love the gutsy political statement. I was born at the tail end of the Nam era and am hence very curious about it. That's one reason I really enjoyed this.
A Christmas Story, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things). Clark is so influential in American horror, he might have influenced the slasher genre with "Black Christmas." Deathdream is a zombie anti-war movie with a conscience. Wow, imagine a zombie movie with braaaains! Although, low-budget, Clark makes this story count, and it's a fond remembrance of what horror use to be.
Bob Clark(BLACK CHRISTMAS) masterfully directs this unsettling story with the less is more technique. A family is devastated when they receive the tragic news about their son Andy, who perished in the line of duty during the Vietnam War. Before the grief even settles in, they are awoken that night by an even greater shock. A late-night visitor...
"They sent us a telegram. They said my son was dead"...
Andy then smiles to ease some of the awkward tension, but it soon becomes evident that something just isn't right. He doesn't eat, sleep, or hardly speak. He just stares blankly as he sways back and forth in the family rocking chair.
We soon realize he must inject human blood into his veins in order to survive. Or should I say, sustain his weary state of existence.
This is an extremely powerful anti-war commentary. Of course very relevant still today, nobody can escape the effects of battle unscathed. Deathdream slowly builds toward the frightening climax with thick doses of tension. Tom Savini shows his superb touches here with his brilliant early special effects work.
4.5 Stars, a must-see for fans of the vampire/zombie genre.
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1974 / Blue Underground / 88m / $39.98 DVD+BR combo / R
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