Date and time: April 16 // Pre-show: 7:30 p.m. / Film: 8 p.m.
“Deliberate, uncompromising, and very sad, Bob Clark’s quiet masterpiece is still one of the most inspired anti-war genre pics out there.” — Bloody Disgusting
Just before he terrorized Margot Kidder in his proto-slasher BLACK CHRISTMAS, Canadian horror treasure Bob Clark tackled the ghosts of the Vietnam War in the gripping and melancholy DEATHDREAM. The loose adaptation of W. W. Jacobs’s short story “The Monkey’s Paw” turns the parable of being careful what you wish for into a creepy and moving family melodrama about a young soldier who comes back from his fateful tour of duty not quite himself, with a new taste for blood.
Richard Backus brings uncanny energy to his performance as Andy, the golden boy turned undead ghoul who terrorizes all the people he once knew. But the film belongs to John Cassavetes veterans John Marley and Lynn Carlin (seemingly reprising a version of their unhappily married middle-aged couple from FACES), heartbreaking as parents who take turns blaming each other and grieving for a son who has come back from the war in body but not in spirit. Along with Clark’s typically sharp pulp instincts, they make DEATHDREAM a startling and scary allegory about the perversions of American imperialism, and about war as the great big graveyard where the future goes to die.
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