Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 5th, 2017
Release Dates: USA, 1991 (Dream Stalker), USA, 1990 (Death By Love)
Directors: Alan Smithee (Dream Stalker), Alan Grant (Death By Love)
Cast: Diane Cardea (Valerie Williams), Mark Dias, Jan Harrelson (Dream Stalker), Alan Grant, Yvonne Aric, Erika Mills, Peggilee Wupperman, Tamara Betz, Brad Bishop, Donald Hendrix, Frank McGill (Death By Love)
DVD released: April 11th, 2017
Approximate running times: 85 Minutes (Dream Stalker), 85 Minutes (Death By Love)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame Academy Ratio (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: English SDH (Both Films)
DVD Release: Intervision Picture Corp.
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Dream Stalker: A model named Britney has her world turned upside down, when her boyfriend Rickey is killed during a tragic accident during a motorcorss race. Unable to move on from this tragedy, Britney at first seeks help from a psychiatrist. And when that does not bring her any closer to closer. She then goes to stay at a cabin in the woods. Will she find the answers she needs to move on or will Rickey remain in her dreams forever?
The premise of this films clearly draws inspiration from A Nightmare on Elm Street. And another Horror genre staple that this film exploits is the zombie. The narrative is a strictly by the numbers body count scenario. The characters are all one dimensional and the performances are best summed up as enthusiastic.
Visually the film does a serviceable job when it comes to its gore related moments. And to spice things up the film features a few sexy scenes. With one of these sex scenes featuring a gratuitous overhead shot. One of this film more glaring flaws is its inconsistent pacing. Ultimately Dream Stalker is a prime example of bad film that somehow is oddly entertaining.
You know a film has to be obscure when you can find on it on the IMDB and there is scare information about on the internet. The film’s premise is essentially a bizarre take on the vampire character. With the main villain actually resembling something more akin to a demon. The films narrative is long winded and at times confounding in its execution. With one of its biggest hurdles being its poor execution of a red herring. And though this film has many of the ingredients that have since become synonymous. For some reason, it feels compelled to fill its narrative with soft-core sex scenes.
The creative force behind Death by Love is Alan Grant who essentially was a one-man band. He wrote, produced, directed and he is the star of the film. Performance wise the cast are best described as serviceable. With the most memorable performance being Frank McGill, who portrays a childhood friend of the protagonist. It is his character who knows the true about the protagonist. Overall despite its short comings Death by Love is a mildly entertaining film that has a very satisfying conclusion.
Both of these films are presented in their intended aspect ratio. And when considering the limitations of their sources, these two films look as good as they are going to ever look.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English and both films come with removable English SDH subtitles. Both audio mixes have instances where their audio sounds muffled and this is where the provided subtitles are very helpful in clarifying what is being said. And there are also a few minor instances where there the audio sounds distorted. With that being said, these imperfections are most likely due to the limitations of the original sources for these films.
Extras for Dream Stalker include, two interviews – an interview with actor Mark Dias titled Remembering Ricky (21 minutes 29 seconds) and an interview with executive producer Tom Naygrow titled Dirt Bike Dreams (11 minutes 30 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with Mark Dias include, his origins as an actor, how he got cast in the role of Rickey, how the original title of Dream Stalker was Kinetic Nightmares, the screenplay verse what ended up in the film, onset memories, technical issues that occurred while making this film, special effects and stunts – most notably a very dangerous stunt that ended badly, his favorite moments, his thoughts about the film and the cast.
Topics discussed in the interview with Tom Naygrow include, his origins as a producer, Kinetic Nightmares screenplay and how that evolved into Dream Stalker, the cast, the director (who is not named) and why his name was removed from the film, how a stuntman was injured during a very dangerous stunt and audience reaction to the film.
Extras for Death by Love include, two interviews – an interview with director / actor Alan Grant titled Alan Grant Remembers Death by Love (9 minutes 10 seconds) and an interview with actors Yvonne Aric And Brad Bishop titled Yvonne Aric And Brad Bishop Remember Death by Love (10 minutes 5 seconds). Both of these interviews were conducted via Video Skype.
Topics discussed in the interview with Alan Grant include, the genesis of Death By Love, finding finance for the film and how the budget was around $25,000, cinematographer Bill Andrews and the role he play in the making of this film, how the film took three to four months too shot, locations, special effects make-up, post production, the score and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Yvonne Aric And Brad Bishop include, how they got cast in Death by Love, Alan Grant, how there was a small crew, the cast and their thoughts about the film.
Overall InterVision Picture Corp. gives a pair of obscure SOV features films their definitive home video releases.