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A party turns bizarre when a malevolent book makes its way into the hands of the attendees who reveal its tales of monsters, madmen and the supernatural. Some stories are better left untold. An Anthology Film, with several stories that intertwine as one, along the lines of Creepshow or Tales from the Darkside. Bonus features include: Special Trailers Page, Audio Commentary, Bonus Music Video, Behind the Scenes Featurette, Motion Menu
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There was absolutely no narrative to the first "story". It simply shows you a situation. The End. The production (minus the acting) was very good, considering the infantile level of the script.
The second story is an improvement ov..You know what? No, it isn't! Seriously, who wrote these!? The majority of this short establishes a brief backstory for the protagonist, who gets two scenes afterwards. The End.
The third story is...Marginally less sucky than the first two. Yay? I think I just liked this monster's make-up and the hint of a Halloween theme. Pretty straight-forward: The characters discuss the monster. The monster shows up and kills them. One could sum up many horror movies this way, but then again, those movies also have story elements. What I told you just now is literally almost everything that happens in the entirety of the footage.
Guys! Hey guys! This 4th story contains a twist! No, seriously! A twist! The two (lame, but) seemingly-normal protagonists are actually murderers! This is a really great opener! The End.
I'm not going to put myself through any more of this. These are haunted house ideas, not scripts!
The production values are really good, but the literary competence of the writers is abysmal. I've read more intriguing narratives penned by 4th-graders(Sorry to throw you under the bus, 4th graders). I'm with other reviewers in the certainty that cast, crew, and friends are the only positive reviews.
The ballot box was stuffed.
About those ratings. Read through the ratings, notably the 5-star ratings. You'll notice that they're all short, most mention the "awesome" acting, cast, local talent, story etc. An unusual amount mention STX media. They've all been posted within a couple of days between each other, July 9-11. OBVIOUSLY, these are either cast members (John Gonzalez, maybe?), crew, friends, STX staff, family or mailing list fans. Anyone non-connected viewer who watched the movie would give this a 2-star at best, and that's being generous (IMDB currently has it at 4.8/10). It's really despicable that they would organize this level of review manipulation. The reviews are so hilariously out of touch with the film that reading them is probably more entertaining than the movie itself.
As for the movie itself, I was willing to like it if it delivered. But the acting is amateurish for the most part, with a few performances better than the rest. The stories are weak and disjointed... it got tedious about 2/3 of the way through. And the anthology aspect really doesn't work at all... it's pretty laughable, actually. There are no scares, no horror, and even accounting for the supposedly low budget, not much to get excited over. I guess if you're okay with community college level films, you'll be okay with this... if you expect more, do yourself a favor and skip "Dreadtime Stories".
Also another sign of a C-movie is when the reviews are all really high because the people who made the film or were in it are the reviewers..
Nice try... get a life and please don't quit your day job, or please get one if your going to make another C-movie....
the director----that IS mentioned by name [and often]----is probably a
be-loved Uncle to a bunch of people.
But! Ah! How many people actually BOUGHT this, uh,mmmm LOW
budget compilation of stories? I'll count 'em later...
gotta hide this somewhere before my wife sees what I spend our money