Deadline (1980) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Deadline (1980) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Deadline (1980) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Deadline (1980) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Mario Azzopardi
Starring: Stephen Young, Sharon Masters, Marvin Goldhar
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

Steven Lessey (Stephen Young; Soylent Green, Patton) makes his living as a horror writer who has learned that the bloodier the story, the bigger the market. But Steven has also hit a personal crisis wherein he yearns for artistic recognition and an escape from the brutality he conjures up to earn a living. All the while, his horrifying and murderous fantasies begin to blend into his day-to-day life, numbing him to his crumbling marriage, until a shocking tragedy occurs, from which he has no escape…

Blood! Blood! Blood! That is probably one of the best things about the movie Deadline. Here we have a horror author and screenwriter who might be getting lost a little too much in his work. Along the way, we see visions of the stuff he’s putting down on paper and it is often as gory as someone would want in their horror movies if you are a big fan of blood and gore. I think that might be the best part of this one, not that the plot is bad or anything because it isn’t, but we see arms being torn off, showers of blood, and all sorts of good things here that help you stay very much in-tune with what this movie has to offer. Our main character is a man that is very much in-tune with what he’s putting on paper and that proves to not be such a good thing for many people, including his family.

This Canadian horror flick is a grim one, but it’s a fun one all the same. It feels a whole lot like Cat in the Brain in a number of ways and I think this would make a great bloody double feature with that movie. It’s an interesting plot and it shows some pretty impressive gore scenes. I do think the movie feels a little washed out in spots on the transfer end of things, but I think it looks far better than you’d probably expect most the time regardless. This one can be a bit of a trip, but I kind of dig those types of horror movies, especially when they add in blood like this one does. You don’t really have anyone to cheer on or get behind, but you can just sit back and watch this weird one unfold.


  • Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
  • Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements
  • “Producing Something Horrific” – an interview with producer Henry Less
  • “Embracing the Horror” – an interview with cinematographer Manfred Guthe
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • SDH English subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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