Dream Stalker (With Bonus Feature Death by Love) (DVD Review)
Rated: UR/Region 0/Number of Discs 1 (Share the same disc)
Available from Intervision Picture Corp.
Dream Stalker (1991)
Directed By: Christopher Mills
Starring: Diane Cardea, Mark Dias, Jan Harrelson
“It fits right in with THINGS and SLEDGEHAMMER”, raves Outpost-Zeta.com. “DREAM STALKER is something special!” When a Sacramento supermodel is haunted by the super-mulleted corpse of her dead motocross-racer boyfriend, it will unleash an erratically ambitious nightmare of cheap lighting, bad sound, bizarre plotting, gratuitous nudity and grisly effects that Bleeding Skull says is “guaranteed to make you feel like you’re trapped in a lo-fi psychedelic abyss of fun!”
Dream Stalker is one of those wacky shot on video movies that by all means shouldn’t work at all but somehow manages to be good enough to entertain you and keep you watching. It follows the story of a couple that is torn apart when the guy dies in a tragic biking accident but then finds a way in his newly burnt to a crisp form to use her dreams to kill people. So, in a sense, it is a Nightmare on Elm Street rip-off but it does at least offer some differences in the mix to keep things interesting. I think our leading lady in this thing, Valerie Willams, manages to put on one of the better acting performances we’ve ever seen in a shot on video film and it is only made so noticeable due to how bad just about everyone else is. There’s a lot of things in Dream Stalker that you can call bad or bizarre and rightfully so. Still, the movie manages to keep you from turning away and ends up perhaps turning out one of the better shot on video films you’ll find out there.
Coming from the year 1991, this movie is very much a product of the early 90’s and packs a lot of stuff that people tend to joke about when it comes to that time. After all, our dream stalking killer does sport a mullet. The sound is often bad and the film isn’t the best looking thing you’ve ever seen but I dig it for what it is, no matter if it is good or bad. This is the type of movie that will make most common movie goes run for the hills but for true fans of movies that are shot on video you’ll find yourself right at home and at ease with the weirdness this movie brings to the table. I had at least heard of the film before due to a Cinema Snob episode but I’m very pleased to have now seen it for myself and I did like it, but then again I like shot on video films.
Death by Live (1990)
Directed By: Alan Grant
Starring: Alan Grant, Frank McGill, Yvonne Aric
Death by Love is a movie that is pretty hard to even find any information at all on. I went looking at IMDB for this review and I was unable to find any info. If I can find some before this review goes live, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. Basically, this is a shot on video that tells a very different take on the whole vampire mythology. We see a guy who doesn’t really look like he’d be able to score any woman he wants, but he somehow does. Perhaps this is due to the whole creature of the night thing? Anyway, he does the deed with them and then usually sucks them dry. This goes on until a guy gets smart of it and tries to stop him with cops also on the case. It is all a little slow, a little goofy, but I still found it pretty interesting none the less. I honestly feel it might be on par with a lot of the better shot on video films out there and isn’t a bad addition to this release.
– Remembering Ricky: With Actor Mark Dias
– Dirt Bike Dreams: With Executive Producer Tom Naygrow
– Alan Grant Remembers Death By Love Via Video Skype
– Yvonne Aric And Brad Bishop Remember Death By Love Via Video Skype