DEAR DEAD DELILAH
(1972 / 1970)
Special Two DVD Disc set!
DIRECTOR: Dear Dead Delilah: John Farris / Savage Intruder: Donald Wolfe
STARS: Dear Dead Delilah: Agnes Moorehead, Will Geer, Michael Ansara / Savage Intruder: Miriam Hopkins, David Garfield, Gale Sondergaard (The Letter, Mark of Zorro), Joe Besser ( "The Three Stooges")
SYNOPSIS: Agnes Moorehead and Miriam Hopkins give their final performances in two entertaining and surprisingly gory winners. Fans of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", "The Big Cube", "The Naked Zoo", etc. will enjoy this double feature.
Dear Dead Delilah: This one was always a personal favorite when it ran repeatedly on the "Chiller Theater" and "4:30 movie" in the late 70's - early 80's. After a quick pre-credit sequence showing the aftermath of a bloody axe murder, and the release of the murderess years later (see clip below), we are brought up to present day. In an appropriately creepy Southern mansion a group of people have gathered to meet with their eldest sibling - the nasty, wheelchair bound Agnes Moorehead. Her health is poor and she wants to settle her will and affairs of the estate. The siblings know their dead father's cash fortune is hidden somewhere on the estate and before long someone starts knocking off the greedy bastards. There are some pretty gory kills for a film made in 1972 including an axe to the head, a shot to the face and a bloody, spurting decapitation. Moorehead is great as always and the supporting cast including Michael Ansara and Will Geer gives it their all. Recommended.
Savage Intruder: "Sunset Boulevard" meets the pre-slasher boom of the 80's in this forgotten horror. 1930's star Miriam Hopkins (1931's Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Heiress) gives her farewell performance alongside the real-life son of John Garfield! Hopkins plays an aging Norma Desmond-ish star living out her last days in a fancy house tended to by her faithful servant (Gale Sondergaard). This film isn't a mystery or who-dun-it - we know from the start that David Garfield is a serial killer with a taste for elderly female victims. He shoots up, sweats and has freaky flashbacks / hallucinations (see clip below) that have a bit of a giallo flavor to them. He talks his way into a job caring for a wheelchair bound Hopkins. The other house staff distrust Garfield and see through his attempts at getting close to his septuagenarian boss. Before long the bodies, and body parts, start piling up. Much like "Dear Dead Delilah" this one has some unexpectedly gory moments: hands & heads are hacked off and the blood flows pretty easily (and this was only 1970, or '69, depending on your source). A guilty pleasure that's better than you might think (and certainly better than the cheesy 80's vhs sleeve art).
NOTE: This is a special Two Disc set priced at $30.00
*For more see: Silent Madness, Deadline, The Psychopath (1966) and Crazed / My Brother Has Bad Dreams
(Dear Dead Delilah): Fullscreen / Color
(Savage Intruder): Fullscreen / Color
Region Free NTSC dvd-R
BLACK dvd case (above image is the front cover art)
NOTE: The below clips are Low Resolution quality for YouTube
Opening scene: DEAR DEAD DELILAH
Agnes Moorehead & Michael Ansara
Bloody head chop!
Decaying "Hollywood" sign circa 1970
30's star Miriam Hopkins at 70's Hollywood party
Head hacked off / bloody dream sequence
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