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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV395
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137862284
  • Street Date: 02/22/22
  • PreBook Date: 01/18/22
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 92 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1982
  • Region Code: A
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English

 

Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Steve Railsback
  • Actor: Colleen Camp
  • Actor: June Lockhart
  • Actor: Dick Butkus
  • Actor: Jo Ann Harris
  • Actor: Sam Groom
  • Director: Scott Mansfield

 

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Deadly Games

ONLY HE WILL HEAR YOU SCREAM.

Deadly Games
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Steve Railsback (famed for his unhinged performance as Charles Manson in 1976's TV mini-series Helter Skelter) is at his sinister best as a troubled Vietnam Vet in 1982's Deadly Games - a tale of madness, murder and adultery from writer/director Scott Mansfied. 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 (Jo Ann Harris) befriends local cop Roger and oddball cinema projectionist Billy (Railsback) - but soon finds herself in the killer's sights. Originally entitled Who Fell Asleep, Deadly Games is an intriguing early '80s slasher oddity which benefits from focusing as much on the development of its female-led cast as it does on its scenes of stalking and slashing. Available for the first time ever on disc, Arrow Video is proud to present this long-overlooked creepy gem in a brand new restoration from the recently-unearthed camera negative!

Media

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Bonus Materials

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Sooty’s a Sh*t - a brand new interview with actor Jere Rae-Mansfield
  • Practical Magic - a brand new interview with special effects and stunt co-ordinator John Eggett
  • Extensive image gallery featuring never-before-seen production photos and promotional material
  • Original Trailer
  • Original screenplay under the title Who Fell Asleep [BD-ROM content]
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Ralf Krause
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian/author Amanda Reyes

Sales Points

  • Videostore rental classic with a recognizable 80s cast for fans of Prom Night, Prowler, and Maniac

Press Quotes

Deadly Games is a surprisingly low-key slasher that will shock you in ways that you probably didn't expect. I found the unexpectedly digressive nature of the film to be incredibly endearing

     —Grimoire of Horror

Long overlooked creepy gem Deadly Games is an intriguing early '80s slasher oddity which benefits from focusing as much on the development of its female led cast as it does on its scenes of stalking and slashing

     —Dark Universe

All the core elements that are expected from a slasher film… the [opening] sequence is outstanding and it is a textbook example of how to do a kill scene. Arrow Video gives another slasher film a definitive release; recommended.

     —Michael Den Boer, 10K Bullets

a movie that makes you believe it’s a slasher and then pulls the rug out from under you with an ending that completely predates Scream — without spoilers, but man, that does feel like a spoiler

     —Bands About Movies

If you love 80s slashers like I do this will be a great one to have in the collection

     —Danny Filaccio, Cine Stalker

Deadly Games, you do so much so very right

     —Daniel XIII, Horror Fuel

Very interesting extras

     —Tony Giannott, Mr Tony Of The Dead

The transfer is absolutely gorgeous

     —Nesruler22

Available for the first time since it was released on VHS in the early 80’s, is writer/director Scott Mansfield’s horror film, Deadly Games. Arrow Video has given the film the special edition treatment with a brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative

     —Marc Ferman, The Film Junkies

Deadly Games is notable for being a decidedly “adult” oriented thriller / mystery rather than yet another clone of Halloween or Friday the 13th. You actually care for some of the characters in the film, and the relationship / love triangle angle in the movie feels correct and relatable.

     —David J. moore, The Movie Elite

Deadly Games is an intriguing early ’80s slasher oddity which benefits from focusing as much on the development of its female-led cast as it does on its scenes of stalking and slashing

     —Tom Stockman, We Are Movie Geeks

Looks spectacular

     —Dave Parka, Screaming Toilet

How does it look? The film has been given a 2K restoration from the original camera negative. How does it sound? An all-around solid Original Lossless track.

     —DVD Corner

It's always great to see a slasher from the golden age of the genre getting a release. With this Arrow Video release, featuring a great print, wonderful commentary track, and worthy interviews.

     —Musique Machine

Charming in its way, especially because the film seems to be a minor influence on Scream.

     —Horror Movie A Day

An intriguing early '80s slasher oddity which benefits from focusing as much on the development of its female-led cast as it does on its scenes of stalking and slashing

     —Harley Lond, Film Crave

Deadly Games is a consistently stylish film, one that owes as much of a debt to the greatest Italian gialli from the decade prior as it does to slasher prototypes, like Halloween.

     —Genre Grinder

Doggedly offbeat but never dull. Arrow's Blu-Rya bundles a new 2K restoration, interviews, a wealth of promo material, and evn the original script

     —Paul Gaita, The Los Angeles Beat

What I appreciate so much about this release from Arrow Video is that, in a roundabout way, they allow the story of the film to be told precisely the way that Mansfield had intended.

     —Jef Burnham, Film Monthly

Deadly Games is the type of film that was probably almost impossible to see on VHS or a washed-out TV, but restored on Blu-ray the film grain brings it to life

     —Orrin Grey, Signal Horizon

I love the slipcover

     —Shawn C. Phillips, Coolduder

This is a fun watch… great dialogue and great character development

     —Hobbs Horror

A slasher film in which a masked maniac, with a penchant for a horror-themed board game, is going after the women in a small town. Each time the killer rolls the dice another woman is killed in a grisly manner.

     —Bob Bloom, Reel Bob

The 2K restoration higlights just how good the cinematography and lighting [in Deadly Games] are

     —Piz Owell

has the makings of a good slasher...There is some campy enjoyment to be found

     —Ryan Izay, Rizay Reviews

a solid albeit strange amalgamation of other genres to create a film that’s as much a spiritual cousin to the original My Bloody Valentine and Fade to Black.

     —A.W. Kautzer, The Movie Isle

Deadly Games feels like an American attempt at an Italian Giallo film.The killing scenes do create a sense of high tension.

     —Joe Corey, Inside Pulse

Arrow’s Blu-ray comes from a new 2K restoration and, boy, does it look terrific.

     —Movie Line Online

A slow burn with bright spots

     —Film Cultist

More bubbling just beneath the surface than might immediately be apparent

     —Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

Deadly Games has been given a lavish new Blu-ray edition from Arrow Video complete with a new 2K restoration of the 35mm negative. As with other Arrow offerings, the special features not only add value, but actually help to tell the story of the film and how it was created.

     —Cereal At Midnight

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     —Cinema Stance

Deadly Games is a compelling slasher, not just because of its creative board game and sinister killings but also thanks to its portrayal of midlife crises and the impact that an unfulfilling lifestyle can have on a community of individuals. This slasher doesn’t get much credit, but it has a lot more to offer than meets the eye; it’s worth dusting off this old game to have a play.

     —Ryne Barber, Cultsploitation

To see it like this really does make you appreciate the fim more

     —JP, Double Shot J

A slow burn with bright spots

     —Film Cultist

Did Leonard Maltin really rate [Deadly Games] a whole star higher than Blade Runner, Memento, and The Thing?

     —The Film Frenzy

Great release from Arrow

     —Heath Holland, Cereal At Midnight

The reason I can’t stop recommending “Deadly Games,” though, is because the movie detours frequently into pure mind-fuck mode and it concludes with one of the most WTF endings of any movie I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot.

     —John W. Allman, Creative Loafing Tampa

A slow burn with bright spots

     —Film Cultist

Arrow’s Blu-ray release of 1982’s slasher flick Deadly Games continues its superb treatment of neglected genre fare

     —Brent Simon, Shock Ya

Deadly Games is the type of film that was probably almost impossible to see on VHS or a washed-out TV, but restored on Blu-ray the film grain brings it to life

     —Orrin Grey, Signal Horizon

If you're a fan of early 80s horror and you think you've seen them all, well here's what you haven’t seen

     —Mark Nelson, The Cinemaniacs!

Slasher fans are bound to appreciate Deadly Games… It’s one of those films that’s not typical of what the genre would becoming over the course of the 1980s. And Arrow Video’s presentation is certainly the best option for just such a venture.

     —Tim Salmons, The Digital Bits

...an effective slasher.

     —Blacktooth, Horror Society

  

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