Love Me Deadly
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A Code Red Release - Lindsay (Mary Wilcox, Lepke) has an unusual fascination with the dead, she often finds herself at funerals for people she doesn't even know. Once the mourners have cleared out, she's drawn to the corpse by an unspeakable sexual curiosity. It appears that this obsession with the recently deceased has been brewing within Lindsay for quite some time and might have been something to do with her late father. She makes an attempt at a normal relationship with Lyle Waggoner (TV's Wonder Woman), but is also lured into a corpse-loving cult by a creepy undertaker. Equal parts sick soap opera and exploitation, Love Me Deadly still has the power to disturb and disgust 46 years later after its original release. Christopher Stone (The Howling), Timothy Scott (The Farmer) and H.B. Halicki (Gone in Sixty Seconds) co-star in this 1972 cult classic. Newly Remastered in HD from a 2K scan of the original camera negative.
-Brand New 2K Scan of the Original Camera Negative of the Uncut Version
-Audio Commentary with Producer Buck Edwards
-Watch the film in "Maria's B Movie Mayhem Mode"
-Original Theatrical Trailer
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When I think of great horror films in the late '60's or early '70's, LMD always comes to mind. Infact, I'm baffled as to why this one hasn't a stronger following or why more people didn't latch on to this one but perhaps the DVD release will grant curiousity seekers yet another chance to view this fantastic film. Fingers crossed.
Yes, that is Lyle Waggoner & you may very well remember him from The Carol Burnette Show or Wonder Woman. I can't say that I recall ever seeing anything else after this with Lyle but I think he did a terrific job here. Mary Charlotte Wilcox also gives a rather complex performance here as a necrophiliac who could never quite get over the loss of her beloved father.
What makes LMD so disturbing or even a tad bit moody is the almost creepy atmosphere which, at times, is downplayed or brushed to the side with the romantic interludes. The viewer wouldn't want to to become too comfortable in those sweet or joyful moments, however, as the film can still conjure up some horrific images such as a live young man being embablmed. Save a few rather ghoulish or gruesome montages, LMD could've easily been construed as a slightly off-kilter love story with a Hitchcockian twist.
LMD revolves around the life of a confused beautiful young woman (played by Wilcox) who seems to have an infinity with the recently deceased young men in her area. She often find herself attending their funerals even though she's has never known them nor any of their families or friends. In fact, we find her scoping the obituaries in the early portion of the film for young men in their thirties. But wait, the morbidity continues when she finds that the owners of a local funeral home are also necrophiliacs & some of them may even be involved in murder.
The second half of the film deals with the romance between Wilcox & Waggoner. Obviously, she loves the man enough to marry him but finds it extremely difficult to consummate with her spouse. We eventually find out why she loves him & how her father passed away but unfortunately our lead is well past the point of no return. Sadly, this unnatural obsession with the recent deceased could prove to become fatal for all involved.
Great film. Most likely, viewers who are expecting extreme gore or high adult content will be disappointed. Fans of psychological thrillers with a perverse edge may find this more fascinating however. Love can be the most deadly force in the universe & not all forms of love are understandable nor accepted. Having said that, LMD is one of the best film I've purchased on DVD in some time.
First off, fans may remember that Code Red released a less than spectacular DVD of the uncut version of Love Me Deadly, possibly under Shriek's label but done by Code Red, and it divided audiences. Some, like me, were grateful to have it, quality issues aside, while others were disappointed with the picture quality.
Cut to today, Code Red has spent the time (and money) on a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative of this, the uncut version. They have not specified how much they have done in the way of a full remaster, with months of color correction and the like, but they have taken the time to scan and do some work on that original to get it looking far batter than the DVD. As soon as I see more of it, I will update this review, but, from what I know, at this point, there is a significant improvement that will likely satisfy people like me who expected more from that DVD. Code Red is not Vinegar Syndrome so it won't be perfect, but it is looking like it will be pretty good, and that is pretty much the best we can hope for, given the limited audience for this film.
The Blu-ray, on top of including the far-superior uncut version, will have an audio commentary with Producer Buck Edwards, the original theatrical trailer, Reversible artwork, both sides of which are, simply, awesome, and will contain one of Code Red's definitive special features, the option to watch the film in “Maria’s B Movie Mayhem Mode”. For those who don't know, as advertised and described by Code Red, "Maria Kanellis, former WWE Diva, WWE 2008 Diva of the Year, Playboy Magazine cover model (April 2008), voted #53 in the 100 sexiest women list by FHM Magazine" has become one of their hosts, taking on the role of B-movie host in several of their releases. She is popular with some, not others, but generally gives a fun performance in these segments and I enjoy them well enough on my Code Red releases and see this as a nice bonus.
Overall, this is looking like it will be the definitive version of this little gem. Of course, I'll let you know if anything changes. Good luck finding the film for you. I hope this helps.