The Dwelling, directed by Jeff Maher, follows the horrific encounter of four sexual adventurers, who fall victim to the murderous machinations of a haunted bed and the attempts of a lone detective as he attempts to solve the case of their deaths. Those who are unfortunate enough to touch the bed are mortally and viciously punished by it. There is no rest on this bed and no safety off of it.
“Those who are unfortunate enough to touch the bed are mortally and viciously punished by it.”
The film looks beautiful and is worthy of praise for its cinematography, ominous score, and editing. The movie leaves the horror unseen and left to the imagination of the viewer. This is a good thing, as the special effects are a bit of a mixed bag. In one instance, its use of puppetry is almost comical in its childish quality. Yet in the very next moment, we are faced with one of the more gruesome effects I’ve seen.
The acting is adequate but nothing to get overly excited about. The performance of Colin Price as Detective Virgil, the grieving and disgraced cop, carries most of the film. And Alysa King, as Sandy, the one redeemable member of the group. Yet even their acting does not help the story, which is not as profound or thought-provoking as it wants to be. Instead, it is essentially an adult version of “The Floor is Lava.”
"…a bed no one will want to sleep on."