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For the 'virgin viewer,' you're in for a treat. DEATHDREAM is a grim, low-key, and extremely eerie film that benefits from great performances by John Marley, Lynn Carlin, and especially Richard Backus as Andy; a chilling AND moving script by Alan Ormsby; an unsettling music score by Carl Zittrer; grisly makeup effects by Orsmby and a young Tom Savini; and screw-tightening direction by Bob Clark. The overall effect is tragic and haunting.
The film was one of the first to address the cataclysmic after-effects of the Vietnam war when veterans returned to their families. Andy plays one such veteran, a young man whose parents receive the awful news that their son has been killed in action. The night they receive this information there's a knock at their front door. It is Andy, although they are shocked at his pale, sunken face and expressionless demeanor.Read more ›
The main character, Andy, is a young soldier in the Vietnam War. One day his parents receive the tragic news that he has been killed. They are grief-stricken, of course, but cling to the hope that somehow he may still be alive. The mother, in fact, keeps saying to herself, "You promised me, Andy"--to return, that is.
And one night, he does. Naturally his parents are overjoyed. What they don't know is that Andy has come back as, unfortunately, a walking dead man--a zombie. At first things seem to be relatively normal, but soon enough Andy's condition starts deteriorating and he needs a lot of blood to keep things healthy, so to speak.
The film starts to fall apart as the Andy's condition itself deteriorates and it becomes basically a gorefest--which for gorehounds is fine, but for those of us who want more can be frustrating. While the first half of the film is excellent, the second half sags and that's really too bad.
I would really have loved to give this four stars, but it's just not quite there.
Deathdream wasn't nearly as creepy as CSPwDT but it had a better story line and better acting. I felt that it was a good story line bringing the effects of the vietnam war and the effect it had to the family's of the soldiers.
Deathdream was also Tom Savini's film debut (make-up and special effects artist known for his work on the living dead movies by George A. Romero & Friday the 13th 1&4 and don't forget Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2)
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Yes indeed, another good Bob Clark Classic starring Richard Backus as the best disturbed & creepy role I have ever seen in the late night movies. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2013 by Loston42ndSt
If you are at all a Bob Clark fan, you should see this film. Many of the elements are a good indicator of Clark's developing style. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2012 by Mark M
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