Masters of Terror 2020: Clive Barker's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Clive Barker’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

A demonic bed consumes its users alive.

 

United States
1977
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Unknown
Fluids: 
Acid
Object: 
Furniture
Painting
4
Don't let the bed bugs bite...
7.04
3.04
5.04
4
1
4
2
Ambiance
Pace
Plot
Death Bed is a surreal representation of a supernatural phenomenon involving a cursed painting and a possessed bed. There’s a man stuck behind the painting who feeds on whatever the bed engulfs. We know this because one of the narrators is that man. In fact, he is one of several narrators, which creates a distance between us and the events depicted.
This being a horror film about a haunted bed, as you can imagine, you’re going to see some skin. There’s even an orgy, for good measure, somewhere in there. The bed looks immense and comfortable, and it exists in a sumptuous Gothic room in the middle of the woods. Well, I wouldn’t trust that bed for a second. That’s just disgusting. How do people even end up there?
The photography is approximate, with blacks deeper than they need to be and odd framing. The editing is a little rough, too. The special effects that make the bed come alive and digest stuff are simple but effective. They were probably fun to play with on set, but they’re not exactly convincing. One of the most interesting aspects of Death Bed is that it’s an unusual supernatural slasher.
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