Deadly Games Blu Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Deadly Games is a 1982 slasher film written and directed by Scott Mansfield (Imps and Women: First and Foremost). A masked maniac with a penchant for a horror-themed board game is playing his own twisted game with the women of a small American town. Each time the dice is rolled, another victim meets a grisly end. Returning home to mourn the death of her murdered sister, Keegan (played by: Jo Ann Harris from Goober and the Ghost Chasers, The Simpsons, The Beguiled, and Beyond Death’s Door) befriends local cop Roger (played by: Sam Groom from Deadly Eues, Another World, Otherworld, and Police Surgeon) and oddball cinema projectionist Billy (played by: Steve Railsback from Helter Skelter, The Stunt Man, Turkey Shoot, Lifeforce, and Ed Gein) but soon finds herself in the killer’s sights!!!!This one has been a highly requested title to be released in high definition for awhile now and Arrow Video finally came through with this brand new home video release. I always liked the look of the villain in this one, it’s simple but it works for something like this. The kills are not that gory or gruesome especially for being a 80’s slasher but this one does have some nice suspense when it comes to the thrills. Deadly Games definitely has better acting than most of it’s competition from back then. All three leads were great especially Steve Railsback plus it has a few more familiar faces in the cast that includes Colleen Camp and Dick Butkus. Deadly Games is more focused on the psychological aspect and it’s characters rather than buckets of blood but it still has some decent kills in it. I really enjoyed the twist here, this one will end up in the better than expected category for most viewers due to it’s high quality on most things featured here. Deadly Games deserves more attention and I really hope this home video release helps with that because it’s a good horror feature. RECOMMENDED!!!! This 1080p (1.85:1) is a massive upgrade compared to all the past and older releases of this 80’s slasher. The English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track sounds great on blu ray.All of the dialogue is crystal clear, the suspense is elevated, and the music has a nice boost to it. It also has English SDH subtitles. It comes with a high quality slipcover and reversible artwork. It has an “Audio Commentary” with The Hysteria Continues. The little over 24 minute “Sooty’s a S**t” is a hilarious interview with actress Jere Rae-Mansfield. “Practical Magic” is an almost 22 minute chat with special effects and stunts coordinator John Eggett. He talks about this production and goes over his career here. It has “Promotional” and “Behind the Scenes” galleries. It has a “Trailer” for the film. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!