For years, I had hoped that some great DVD company like Anchor Bay or Blue Underground would find it in their hearts to re-distribute this film. I did get my wish & Code Red has done a marvelous job. Although the DVD quality wasn't as good as I had hoped for, quality is small potatoes as far I'm concerned which can be easily forgiven or perhaps even overlooked when we consider how long this film has been out of circulation. Also, the film is released here in it's original uncut format which is worth the nominal investment you will make.
When I think of great horror films in the late '60's or early '70's, LMD always comes to mind. Infact, I'm baffled as to why this one hasn't a stronger following or why more people didn't latch on to this one but perhaps the DVD release will grant curiousity seekers yet another chance to view this fantastic film. Fingers crossed.
Yes, that is Lyle Waggoner & you may very well remember him from The Carol Burnette Show or Wonder Woman. I can't say that I recall ever seeing anything else after this with Lyle but I think he did a terrific job here. Mary Charlotte Wilcox also gives a rather complex performance here as a necrophiliac who could never quite get over the loss of her beloved father.
What makes LMD so disturbing or even a tad bit moody is the almost creepy atmosphere which, at times, is downplayed or brushed to the side with the romantic interludes. The viewer wouldn't want to to become too comfortable in those sweet or joyful moments, however, as the film can still conjure up some horrific images such as a live young man being embablmed. Save a few rather ghoulish or gruesome montages, LMD could've easily been construed as a slightly off-kilter love story with a Hitchcock twist.
LMD revolves around the life of a confused beautiful young woman (played by Wilcox) who seems to have an infinity with the recently deceased young men in her area. She often find herself attending their funerals even though she's has never known them nor any of their families or friends. In fact, we find her scoping the obituaries in the early portion of the film for young men in their thirties. But wait, the morbidity continues when she finds that the owners of a local funeral home are also necrophiliacs & some of them may even be involved in murder.
The second half of the film deals with the romance between Wilcox & Waggoner. Obviously, she loves the man enough to marry him but finds it extremely difficult to consummate with her spouse. We eventually find out why she loves him & how her father passed away but unfortunately our lead is well past the point of no return. Sadly, this unnatural obsession with the recent deceased could prove to become fatal for all involved.
Great film. Most likely, viewers who are expecting extreme gore or high adult content will be disappointed. Fans of psychological thrillers with a perverse edge may find this more fascinating however. Love can be the most deadly force in the universe & not all forms of love are understandable nor accepted. Having said that, LMD is one of the best films I've purchased on DVD in some time.
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