Killer household items are nothing new to the horror game, with titles like The Refrigerator, The Mangler, and Death Bed: The Bed that Eats. But Black Fawn Films (Bite, Let Her Out, The Heretics) and director Jeff Maher have brought us something that sets itself apart from the B-movie sub-genre standard. In Bed of the Dead, we see cursed furniture, mind-bending time warps, and haunting hallucinations. Tuck yourself in and prepare for a bloody night of fun.
In Bed of the Dead, a group of four twentysomethings meet at a sex club where they plan to have a bit of a swinger’s night to celebrate a birthday. They hassle their way into a long-abandoned room with a (haunted) antique bed and prepare for their night in. But in this room, like the Hotel California, you can never leave.
Any time a character touches and leaves the bed, they are marked for death. The stunning “Emperor size” bed was made by hand for the film, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s kind of its own character. But not in the ridiculous Sex and the City “New York is the fifth character” type of way. No, the titular bed absorbs the secrets and fears of its victims, cursing them with guilt-driven hallucinations to trick them off the bed and into their untimely demise. This bed means business.
With the help of some time jumps, the story is told in two integrated parts. Part of the story follows Detective Virgil as he works the crime scene, trying to piece together the night’s deadly events, while the other focuses on the young group as they are picked off, one-by-one, by the cursed cradle of doom.
We’re treated to some foreshadowing that outlines the mode of death for each victim, teasing at what we can expect to see and building our curiosity of how the hell someone managed to break all their bones without a single bruise or laceration.
The character of Virgil is perhaps the most fleshed-out. We learn more about his troubled past and his motives as he races against time to try and solve this bizarre case.
The practical effects are… meaty… and pretty damn cool. Chock-full of gruesome and gratifying deaths, they don’t spare any buckets of blood.
There’s a bit of a twist about halfway through the film involving a time-traveling cell signal. After seeing the movie, I was a bit caught up on the lack of explanation, but then I thought to myself, “it’s a movie about a cursed killer bed, just chill”. It’s an unexpected but fresh approach to the strange sub-genre of killer inanimate objects.
Bed of the Dead takes a silly title and makes a serious effort, though thankfully it doesn’t try to take itself too seriously. If you’re looking for some good old-fashioned bloody entertainment, there’s fun to be had here.
You can check out the trailer and the poster below.
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