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For a long-time a lost cult horror classic, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats has taken its place among the pantheon of weird cinema. The movie was supposedly begun sometime in 1971 and filming finished in 1972. Yet the first print of the movie wasn't produced until 1977. Then for some unknown reason nothing happened with it. Apart from someone managed to make a copy of it that eventually found its way into the world of obsessive cult film collectors.
The first time director George Barry claimed that he'd forgotten that he'd even made it. Which is truly bizarre, considering it the only movie he ever made. Until its release it had only been available on murky bootleg copies doing the rounds among hardcore cult film fans, probably at first on grainy VHS tape copies, and eventually making its way onto the Internet. It was an illegal DVD release of the bootleg in the UK that prompted George Barry to officially release the movie in 2003.
All very weird, but not necessarily 100% a pure piece of exploitation cinema. A Death Bed, actually has some artistic merit. Bizarre and often surreal, but despite its low-budget, low production values and low quality acting, it has on some level high aesthetic and artistic values lurking underneath. The movie straddles a line somewhere between cheesy exploitation horror and arthouse cinema. A must see for any true die-hard fan of cult cinema. Who knew? That a movie about a demonic bed that suffers from indigestion because of all the hippy chicks it has eaten, would such a cult gem. Certainly not the direcor, that's for sure.