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  • Actors: George A. Romero, Ian Harding, Patrick Jordan, Adrienne Wehr, Bjorn Ahlstedt
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L51D10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,035 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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George A. Romero, the renown horror writer and creator of Night of the Living Dead, has partnered with writer-actor Jeff Monahan to create horror anthology George A. Romero Presents ... Deadtime Stories. The first volume of this two volume set consists of an anthology of three 30-minute horror films: Valley of the Shadow: A woman searches for her missing husband in jungles of South America...and soon, the hunters become the hunted. WeT: A lonely potter finds a valuable jade box buried on the beach. And what s inside...it wants to keep him company. House Call: In poor and lonely farm country, a woman calls an elderly doctor out on a dark and stormy night to make a house call on her strangely-ailing son. And what he finds when he gets there isn't listed in any medical books

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George A. Romero Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead

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Either I was bored and missed it or just didn't care.
David J. Brown
The acting was atrocious, the special FX were cheesy, and the plots were so slow and dull.
Amanda Young
There is little to no opening hook to grab the audience; 2.
Alex Faber

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J. Brown on July 17, 2011
I've been looking forward to this series of anthology films for the last three months. Fangoria has been advertising for it fairly heavily. George Romero produces and hosts three short films in the style of EC or his own Creepshow(which in itself was inspired by EC comics). Unfortunately, the best parts of this anthology series(thus far, as there are more volumes of three on the way) is the George Romero prologues. He introduces each short with rhymes and a ghoulish EC-like delight. That's it. This is real low rent stuff that's not as witty or well written enough to pass.

The first story is about a trek to uncover a missing husband. A trek that leads to a run in with many(although only one is briefly seen) jungle cannibals. It's really poorly acted, flatly lit, and boring in how the story unfolds. There's nothing grabbing the viewer into this first tale WHATSOEVER. It's dullsville and ends with a 'twist' of sorts. It's just lame and not funny or creepy. I think there's some stuff in the story about the investors also looking to capitalize on the land and some sort of weird fruit with blue goop that does something. Either I was bored and missed it or just didn't care.

The second story, called WeT(it's the only tale that I actually remembered the title of), is pretty good. Not great but good. It's actually got some suspense and capable acting. It's stylishly directed with shadows and dense mood. The story manages to take a trope of old time sea-faring fears and makes it original, gruesome, and at the end tragic. I would tell you more of what it's about but that would ruin it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex Faber on July 16, 2011
Anyone remember the 2002 horror flick They? Nah, me either. But from what I've read, it was a substandard horror movie that was made by a couple of unknown people, but the studio paid Wes Craven to put his name on it as a producer, in hopes that this would be enough of a draw due to the movie pretty much being a stinker.

At least Deadtime Stories Vol. 1 does feature George Romero as a talking head introducing each story for a minute or so. But make no mistake about it, this is not his movie, but was instead written by a dude named Jeff Monahan and directed by Monahan and two others. Props to Monahan for snagging Romero to put his name on the movie, given that the film is noticeably low-budget, but Romero didn't write or direct this movie. Right ... moving on.

There are three shorts here, about 25 minutes each (adding up to a total running time of 76 minutes, so it falls just shy of feature-length), and since all three shorts were written by Monahan, they all follow a similar pattern: 1. There is little to no opening hook to grab the audience; 2. The characters engage in a significant amount of dialogue to pad the running time, with a minimum of action due to the lack of budget; 3. There's a twist, and the majority of special effects occur at the end.

The first story, about an attractive woman who organizes a team to look for her missing husband in the jungle, is reminiscent of the junglesploitation flicks coming out of Italy in the 70s, but has none of their charm, message, uniqueness, or anything else, really. This story is a snoozer, there are loose ends to the plot, and the twist is just terrible.
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"Now I lay me down to rest, but there's a goblin upon my chest. He's gray and ugly and very gory, and he wants to tell me a deadtime story." This is a collection of three short horror films. These are not movies by George Romero, but rather films picked by him for this collection. One is about Jungle Cannibals, one is about a killer mermaid, and the last one is about a mother who thinks her son is a vampire. None of these are great, but are good enough to sit through. If you are expecting the caliber of Romero's movies you will be dissapointed. They are more along the lines of the "Masters of Horror" or "After Dark" series then anything. If you are a horror-phile and can't get enough of them then this will be right up your alley. If your like me and watch them, but find one in about ten good, then I should tell you this is not the one. Overall, could have been worse, but unless you love horror movies this one is just OK.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I will.

*Also try - The Fangoria Frightfest Series
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Young on July 22, 2011
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As a huge Romero fan, I had been looking forward to this DVD for a while. I even pre-ordered it, which I rarely do. Anyway, the flick was so boring it literally put me to sleep. The acting was atrocious, the special FX were cheesy, and the plots were so slow and dull. I'd like to say I'm holding out more hope for the second DVD, but I think I'll wait for a few reviews before I buy volume two.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on July 9, 2011
Judge Clark Douglas, DVD Verdict-- Though the films of George A. Romero have been increasingly frustrating in recent years (let's face it, Survival of the Dead was pretty awful), I'm always willing to check out anything his name is attached to in the hopes that he's recaptured a bit of his former glory. The concept of the straight-to-DVD anthology series Deadtime Stories sounded promising enough, despite the terrible title. Romero introduces a batch of three 25-minute horror tales, each one directed by a different filmmaker: Valley of the Shadow, WeT, House Call.

I'm a fan of the anthology format in general, and with the demise of Masters of Horror it's just about time for another one to pop up. Granted, I never expected this new series to match Tales from the Crypt or Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but I would have been perfectly content if Deadtime Stories: Volume One was essentially the Romero equivalent of Freddy's Nightmares. Unfortunately, the series ranks as one of the most underwhelming horror anthologies I've witnessed to date.

The problems begin with Romero's introductions, which should have been an easy way to score a few points upfront with horror fans. Romero seems alternately hammy and bored from sentence to sentence, flitting between faux-pompous storyteller, devious demon and disgruntled conveyer of general information for no immediately obvious reason. The introductions are curiously disjointed and they certainly aren't helped by the weird staging (Romero's head bounces around between a series of static-filled televisions stacked on top of one another).

Still, Romero's contribution takes up maybe five minutes of the 76-minute running time, so what really matters is the quality of the short films. Sadly, to call these pieces "sub-par" would be generous. Even by low-budget horror standards, these short films are frustrating experiences marked by genuinely terrible acting and stilted screenplays
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