Scared Stiff (1987) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Richard Friedman
Starring: Andrew Stevens, Mary Page Keller, David Ramsey
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video
TV star Mary Page Keller (Pretty Little Liars) appears alongside Andrew Stevens (10 to Midnight, The Fury) as a couple terrorized by an age-old curse in this much-underrated late-80s offering from director Richard Friedman. Keller plays Kate Christopher, a singer who moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David (Stevens). But when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past – and one that is about to terrorize them in the present.
In Scared Stiff the past is coming back to haunt a young couple as they move into a new house. Sadly for the girl and her kid, her boyfriend seems to be changed due to something from the past that is trying like hell to repeat its self. This one is a wild ride really. It’s one of those that seems just as crazy as it does anything and there is more than one crazy situation that takes place during the film that makes you pretty sure acid was used. Anyway, our leading lady has a kid and he a singer. She’s been taking it easy but that’s about to change, but not as much as her boyfriend (who is also a shrink) is about to change. The kid, as is usually the case in these movies, is smart to what’s going on but we have to wait and see if it’ll be too little too late before everyone else catches up to it. The movie packs a pretty cool little atmosphere that just about covers all the other flaws in this one. I appreciate the blood, but when dealing with the director of Doom Asylum you just know things are going to get weird and then it becomes a matter of keeping it on the rails enough.
This is a movie that feels like it is borrowing some pages out of Italian horror movies. Some might have just became overcome with joy at me typing that, but others might be feeling a little iffy. How you feel about that might play a big part on if you will probably like this one or not. It often feels like a movie where the director tossed everything he could at the wall to see what sticks and I think what sticks is at least good enough to give it the ol’ once over. You get a great release for the movie but the movie might be a little too dysfunctional at times for its own good. But, still, with the extras, you get here you’ll be able to learn all about this very unknown horror film. You’ll also notice that it looks darn good too while you watch it. Arrow brings the goods on Scared Stiff, but the movie, in general, doesn’t go up to match the effort nearly enough.
– BRAND NEW 2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
– Original uncompressed Stereo audio
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with director Richard Friedman, producer Dan Bacaner and film historian Robert Ehlinger
– Mansion of the Doomed: The Making of Scared Stiff – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Richard Friedman, Dan Bacaner, Robert Ehlinger, actors Andrew Stevens and Joshua Segal, special effects supervisor Tyler Smith and special effects assistants Jerry Macaluso and Barry Anderson
– Brand new interview with composer Billy Barber
– Image Gallery
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
– First pressing only: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by James Oliver
Quality of Transfer: 97%