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Bed: The Bed That Eats

Purportedly unseen by more than two dozen people since it was finished in 1977, zero-budgeted "Death Bed" is a horror flick destined for some small place in the hearts of psychotronic fans who already treasure such extreme oddities as "Blood Freak." Horror fests and cult-vid distribbers are advised to get between the sheets.

Purportedly unseen by more than two dozen people since it was finished in 1977 (most footage was shot five years earlier), zero-budgeted “Death Bed” is a horror flick destined for some small place in the hearts of psychotronic fans who already treasure such extreme oddities as “Blood Freak” (the ’71 pro-Christian, anti-drug turkey-monster pic), not to mention Andy Milligan’s entire ouevre. Belated “world premiere” at San Francisco IndieFest found patrons guffawing at vintage strangeness. Horror fests and cult-vid distribbers are advised to get between the sheets.

Intertitles alert us to “Breakfast,” “Lunch,” etc. as titular four-poster — a hungry spirit created by demon’s failed seduction of a virginal maiden some decades back — consumes stray travelers. First digested are a horny couple that figures remote estate’s windowless guesthouse as a perfect getaway. Then a female trio arrive, picked off one by one. One character’s greatly prolonged half-swallowing, escape and re-capture suggests a deadpan camp sensibility behind one-shot writer/director George Barry’s concept. Still, wooden perfs from amateur cast and primitive staging make one wonder just how much of a joke this was intended to be.

Bed: The Bed That Eats

  • Production: A Cult Epics release. Produced by George Barry. Co-producer, Maureen Petrucci. Directed, written by George Barry.
  • Crew: Camera (color, 16mm), Robert Fresco; editor, Ron Medfico; music, Cyclobe; art director, Maureen Petrucci. Reviewed at San Francisco IndieFest, Feb. 15, 2003. Running time: 77 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Demene Hall, Rusty Russ, Julie Ritter, Linda Bond, Patrick Spence-Thomas, Dave Marsh, Rosa Luxemburg, Ed Oldani.
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