Deadly Manor is a Spanish-American slasher film from 1990 that has recently had a UK blu-ray release by Arrow Video. Furthermore it’s undergone a brand new 2K restoration. I love a good horror movie but does Deadly Manor really live up to its chilling title? Let’s find out, so without further ado here’s my Deadly Manor blu-ray review.
- Deadly Manor (1990)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by José Ramón Larraz
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By Arrow Video
- Blu-ray Released: 17 February 2020
A group of teenagers en route to a lake find themselves seemingly lost. They pick up a hitchhiker who claims to know the lakes whereabouts. However following hours on the road they decide to make an unscheduled stop at a remote, seemingly abandoned mansion. They gain entry to the property and decide to stay the night. But is the mansion really unoccupied?
Style / Direction
The films directed by José Ramón Larraz whilst Tote Trenas is responsible for the cinematography. I have to say I found Deadly Manor to be a very stylishly filmed slasher horror movie. It creates the perfect amount of apprehension and uneasiness accompanied by the inevitable jump scares.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Cengiz Yaltkaya and I considered it to be adequate enough.
Acting / Characters
The acting has to be the film’s weakest element but also understandable with Deadly Manor being a low budget horror. Added to the less than impressive acting is the rather clunky dialogue. That said most teen horror films suffer from this but I think a bit more effort could have gone into making it all sound a little more natural.
There’s an interesting interview with actress Jennifer DeLora included on the blu-ray extras that gives an insight into the tensions on set as they prepared for her raunchy scene with actor Clark Tufts. Let’s just say the two didn’t exactly hit it off!
- Clark Tufts as Jack
- Greg Rhodes as Tony
- Claudia Franjul as Helen
- Mark Irish as Rod
- Liz Hitchler as Susan
- Jerry Kernion as Peter
- Kathleen Patane as Anne
- Douglas Gowland as Trooper
- William Russell as Alfred
- Jennifer DeLora as Amanda
Conclusion: Deadly Manor (1990) Film Review
Despite the films obvious flaws, Deadly Manor is actually a highly enjoyable and entertaining horror movie. It looks fabulous with the extremely creepy old mansion really giving the film a wow factor.
I guess if like me you love slasher horrors such as Halloween, Friday The 13th or The Burning then you’re going to enjoy Deadly Manor.
If you have enjoyed my Deadly Manor blu-ray review so far you may wish to check out the following films:
- Night Train Murders (1975)
- House of Mortal Sin (1976)
- Suspiria (1977)
- The Burning (1981)
- The Devonsville Terror (1983)
- Don’t Open till Christmas (1984)
- Sleepless (2001)
- Halloween (2018)
Conclusion: Deadly Manor Blu-ray Review
I would like to congratulate Arrow Video on yet another fabulous blu-ray release. Deadly Manor (1990) has perfect picture quality thanks to a brand new 2K restoration from original film elements. This really is the only way to watch older movies the way they were intended.
The extras Arrow have included are also well worth a look with the interview with actress Jennifer Delora revealing many interesting facts about the making of the movie.
All in all this Arrow Video blu-ray release is simply fabulous and one I recommend horror fans picking up.
- Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
- Newly-filmed interview with actress Jennifer Delora
- Making a Killing – a newly-filmed interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston
- Extract from an archival interview with Jose Larraz
- Original Savage Lust VHS trailer
- Image Gallery
- Reversible sleeve
On to my movie rating for Deadly Manor (1990)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: PERFECT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
Deadly Manor (1990) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Deadly Manor blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more horror movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Deadly Manor (1990) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Deadly Manor (1990)
Duration: 86 mins
Director(s): José Ramón Larraz
Actor(s): Clark Tufts, Greg Rhodes, Claudia Franjul, Mark Irish, Liz Hitchler, Jerry Kernion, Jennifer DeLora, William Russell
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A stylish Spanish-American slasher film.