Review: Jeff Maher’s “The Dwelling”

I know, I know. A movie about a haunted bed sounds stupid at first, but The Dwelling is a shocking, surprise hit that’s all horror and no comedy. Matter of fact, it’s one of my favorite films this year and one of the highest quality titles on the Uncork’d Entertainment catalog. Written by Jeff Maher and Cody Calahan, The Dwelling (formerly Bed of the Dead) finds four friends visiting a sex club so they can act out any unmatched desires with people they trust. After some awkwardness, and ignoring the strange carving in the headboard of the bed, they discover that if they try to vacate the piece of furniture for any reason, they end up suffering a gruesome death. As they’re picked off one by one, those who are left behind are forced to figure out the bed’s secrets and carry on with plans of escape. Directed by Jeff Maher, The Dwelling stars Colin Price, Alysa King, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andres, George Krissa, Hazma Fouad, Alex Loubert, Mary-Elizabeth Willcott, Craig Cyr and Tom Marasovic. Find it on DVD and digital starting November 26th 2019 courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment. Now, let’s wrap a blanket around ourselves and really cuddle up to my review of this movie.

Shot Under Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment, The Dwelling finds some of the best behind-the-scenes work in the independent film world. This movie was produced by Jeff Maher, Cody Calahan, Chad Abraham and Christopher Giroux, and features cinematography by Micha Dahan, editing by Nick Montgomery and special effects by The Butcher Shop. Let me tell you – it’s absolutely flawless from start to finish, and it’s quality is so outstanding that it really should have seen a wide release in theaters across the country. It’s production value is so amazing, in fact, that you have no choice but to get trapped by the suspense and turmoil despite watching a flick about a haunted bed. You know a movie is good when you’re so blown away by the behind-the-scenes work that you invest yourself in the characters just to see what the crew can do to them next. And that’s the thing, too. The Dwelling is actually on the scare-scale and delivers on the goods, which is rare because a lot of horror films now a days promise to be scary but never get there. With smile inducing blood splatters and possession-like hallucinations, I was wondering if this movie could get any better… then it did.

As if the acting, background music, set design, costuming and special effects didn’t blend together to form a powerhouse, outstanding horror film… As if there weren’t a few surprises deaths to spruce up the body count… As if I was unsuccessful in finding even the slightest error with editing… The Dwelling was just… smart. Its story is fueled by a cop drama narrative of two detectives trying to track the bed and the dead bodies it leaves behind, all while the living are being slaughtered one by one a few blocks away. Not only that, but the way the bed becomes haunted is nothing short of genius and the least bit hokey. The suspense is dipped and lowered at an intense rate, resulting in twists and turns that cause a ripple effect after every horrific death sequence. Quite honestly, The Dwelling shouldn’t be this good. No, not a movie about an evil bed frame. But it is! I think it’s going to satisfy every niche fan (besides slasher buffs, honestly) and any review you see that isn’t glowing like mine means they need to watch this title again. For a movie about people stuck on a piece of furniture, I was so entertained that my viewing flew by.

Honestly, my only complaint is they killed the hottest character second. Vapid, I know.

The Dwelling is an unsuspecting hit and an unrelenting roll in the sack. It’s trippy, bloody, creepy and wonderfully delightful all rolled into one. The acting is top notch and equally matched by the special effects, and Jeff Maher executed his story with expert precision. Highly recommended and a must-see title this November!

Final Score: 10/10.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)