Deadtime Stories (1986) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Deadtime Stories (1986) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Deadtime Stories (1986) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

📅10 February 2017, 15:28

Deadtime Stories (1986) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Jeffrey Delman
Starring: Scott Valentine, Nicole Picard, Matt Mitler
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

Your favorite nightmares come to life in a salute to the age-old bedtime story ritual. Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments, and captive maidens. Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe, you’ll plunge into modern suburbia and the adventures of a female jogger stalked by a savage werewolf. Finally, sensuality will become macabre, black comedy as you follow the trail of three bank robbers who share their country house hideaway with a sweet murderess.

Deadtime Stories basically takes those old children tales you remember hearing and adds in some adult flavor to them. Two out of the three even get a more modern (for the time) setting. The whole thing comes to be when a kid can’t sleep so he nags and nags his uncle to tell him some stories and he doesn’t care what they are. Well, the uncle perhaps not being the most reasonable uncle you’ve ever seen on screen comes up with some weird and wacky tales to tell the kid. Things start off with a tale of witches and trying to bring back to life some evil. Two witches have a boy do their bidding and all works out well until he runs into a good looking girl and he decides it is time to finally fight back. Truth be told this is perhaps the weakest of the three. It at least was the one I liked the least out of it. It did, however, pack some nice effects and for many, that is good enough. Compared to the other two is also feels a bit out of place. Nothing here in this movie is taken too seriously and as we proceed it seems things get sillier and sillier to an almost Troma level. That could be why I like the rest of the movie better. The next story might just be my favorite and it is an updated story of Red Riding Hood. We never reach An American Werewolf in London level as far as the werewolf stuff goes, but this short tale is solid enough and packs some cool elements to it.

We finish this one off with an updated and very adult version of Goldilocks. You heard me mention that this one seems to have some Troma flavor in it from time to time? Well, this is one leans more towards that direction than anything else. It has some nudity, some goofy characters, and an insane girl who can move things with her mind. This one doesn’t have a really solid end to it but everything else is at least fun. Of course, we then finish the wrap-around story of the boy being told stories with a bit of a twist but it isn’t anything too special but appreciated none the less. All in all, Deadtime Stories can be a mixed bag of a film in more ways than one. Some stuff works out and some stuff just doesn’t but I’m sure if I had run across this one when I was a kid I’d have gotten a pretty big kick out of it. Perhaps the thing pushing this one on over the worth buying side of things is the extras you get here from Scream Factory. You even get a recut of the first segment among the usual onslaught of interviews and such that come with these nice Blu-ray releases from Shout! You also have a pretty darn good transfer here that really shines when you are outside and in well-lit areas.


– NEW High-Definition Transfer From the Original Negative
– NEW Audio Commentary with co-writer/director Jef Delman
– NEW I Like the Grotesque – an interview with co-writer/director Jef Delman
– NEW interviews with and actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo and Scott Valentine
– The Black Forest – an alternate cut of the first story
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailers
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 92%




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