Horror in Detroit with Bruce Campbell and George Barry
The Metro Times has just one day left with rising horror author Josh Malerman on the cover. It seems like a good opportunity to revisit a couple more of our local horror heroes.
We wrote about George Barry and his movie Death Bed: The Bed That Eats in January 2011, following a period of notoriety for the film due to it’s inclusion in a comedy set by Patton Oswalt.
Barry explains that the plot is derived from a dream he had: “I don’t even remember if I was the subject of the dream or if I was an observer, but it was just this bed that was engulfing,” he says with a grin. “There was nothing that I remember that was specific, but it was the engulfing bed. There wasn’t any digestion; it was just the bed coming in, over. I wrote from there.”
Earlier this year, we had Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell.
“We were not comfortable using humor in the first Evil Dead,” he told us. “That’s the melodrama. That one’s only funny by mistake, and in its excess. When somebody’s getting jabbed over and over again, sometimes stuff that’s over-the-top makes you laugh as well. We didn’t officially introduce comedy until Evil Dead 2, when we felt a little more comfortable manipulating the audience, and we felt more involved putting stuff in that we liked. That wasn’t always there, and that’s why people are hesitant about the fact that the current Evil Dead remake doesn’t seem funny. It’s not funny at all. The first one wasn’t either. Obviously if you have inexperienced actors, lousy dialogue, some things are going to come across as being less than ideal.”