Deadly Manor (1990) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Deadly Manor (1990) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Deadly Manor (1990) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Deadly Manor (1990) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: José Ramón Larraz
Starring: Jerry Kernion, William Russell, Jennifer Delora
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video

An old, dark house… A maniac on the loose… An orgy of bloodlust! All the hallmarks of late master of Spanish macabre José Ramón Larraz (Edge of the Axe, Vampyres) are present and correct in 1990’s Deadly Manor – the final horror movie from one of the genre’s most unheralded filmmakers. Whilst en route to a lake, a group of youngsters make an unscheduled stop-off at a remote, seemingly abandoned mansion where they plan to spend the night. But the property is full of foreboding signs – a blood-stained car wreck in the garden, coffins in the basement, scalps in the closet, and photographs of a beautiful but mysterious woman adorning every corner of the house. Before daybreak, the group will unwittingly uncover the strange and terrifying truth that lurks behind the walls of this dreadful place.

Deadly Manor hits Blu-ray from the ever so cool Arrow Video and it is by the very same director as the cult classic, Edge of the Axe! This one is probably equally as off the wall and if you like one I’m sure you will like the other. Anyway, the plot here is about a group of younger folks who are on the road. They pick up one strange hitchhiker that has shady written all over him. Then they get into a creepy house and that is where all the weird stuff and the killing starts. The house as a hot woman’s pictures all over the place in an almost shrine setting and just when they think things can get any more weird, people start being killed. As far as slashers by Italian director’s go, this one isn’t too bad. There are some cool kills and there is certainly a killer running around in a cool killer’s outfit. The setting in this one is cool and they really do work with it the best they can I think.

Being the film that is is, we do have moments and scenes where people are being stalked and in true American slasher style (keep in mind an American didn’t direct this) the stalk and slash portions of the movie go on for a long time. They may even go on at times for too long. None the less, we have lots of red stuff, we have a cool killer, and we have a some nudity to go along with it. I think it makes for a good C-string slasher and this type of release really puts some shine on it, even if it probably doesn’t really deserve it. I think it looks fine here as far as the look goes. We have a cool commentary and interviews in the extras as well. I don’t know about the re-watch value of Deadly Manor, but I think it’s worth a watch none the less.

Extras

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Jennifer Delora
  • Making a Killing – a newly-filmed interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston
  • Extract from an archival interview with Jose Larraz
  • Original “Savage Lust” VHS trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Script and Shooting Schedule (BD-ROM content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • First pressing only: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author John Martin

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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