Blue Underground has been on fire latley. The last few months they have released an amazing crop of films. There newest release, Deathdream is no exception.
Deathdream aka Dead of Night is an old school 1970's drive in film. It deals with a man named Andy Brooks who we actually witness die in the beginning durring the war, or so we think. See Andy's mom is convinced he is not dead, and sure enough she's right when he just shows up back home one night.
Catch is, he's not right. Not only does he become more quiet and introverted he becomes violent as well. Soon the local police are investigating a murder where the victim had his blood drained. Is Andy something different now, something evil, or demonic?
Deathdream is the true definition of a horror film. You see the dark evil side of American Life and the horrors of Vietnam all in one. It's never even revealed who or what Andy is untill way past the half way mark making you question things even more. There is blood and gore but this is truely a creepy and unsettling film.
The acting is top notch as well. Richard Backus gives a great performance as Andy. A restrained yet highly volatile man who plays the part creepy, but with enough feeling to make you care about him. John Marley and Lynn Carlin give great performances as well as Andy's Mom and Dad. We watch as Andy's mom will do anything for her son which causes he to drift out of reality, as the father gives out to anger and alcohol fueled depression.
Blu Underground has put out a fantastic 2k transfer on there new Blu-ray release. One top of the picture and audio they are know for they have added a plethora of special features
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
Alan Ormsby Student Film
BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by critic Travis Crawford
This is a great film that will hold up for years to come. I can't recommend picking this up enough.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!