MICHIGAN: Death Bed: The Bed That Eats


Insanely rare 16mm print, the only one in the entire world ever printed — plus, director George Barry’s daughter will be here to join us in person!

Just when you thought you’d seen it all — murderous houseplants, elevators, computers, even tomatoes — along comes Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Immortalized by comedian Patton Oswalt in one of his evocative on-stage comedic rants, this highly amusing bit of gothic surrealism takes place primarily within a stone crypt, where the only remaining piece of a demonic house sits in waiting for horny young thrillseekers to stumble upon it before digesting them whole. Though most obviously “horror” (with nods to familiar trappings like ghosts and flesh-eating), Death Bed also fits snugly within Seventies outré experimental conventions. In particular, director George Barry eschews rational plotting and dialogue exposition in favor of whimsical perversity along the lines underground filmmaker James Broughton, whose memorable 1968 short The Bed must have been a strong influence. Never really released after its lengthy post-production, Death Bed languished in the vaults after American distribution plans went belly up and a possible British distributor took off with a pirated copy. Fortunately for horror fans, Death Bed has finally emerged from his resting place to gurgle its way into your black, black heart.
Dir. George Barry, 1977, 16mm, 80 min.