George A. Romero Presents: Deadtime Stories Vol. 1
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Would I watch again? - I don't think I will.
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This was series of 3 stories that were actually quite entertaining!Published 1 month ago by B Wiley
I'm a huge Romero fan, and these little shorts just did not impress me. I sold this back to Disc Replay and don't recommend buying it unless it's a dollar.Published on October 12, 2013 by GeekGirl27
It's been reviewed before so I'll be short to the point. The first story was terrible. It was boring, actors were unlikable, special effects were bad. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by fewckisdat
Interestingly, I saw volume two first and decided to buy volume one because part two was actually good for what it was. OMG, what an awful excuse for three movies in part one. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Dragon Boy
This purchase was for a secret santa request. The DVD arrived in good condition and exactly when the shipper said it would. The recipient was excited about her gift.Published on January 4, 2012 by Chantel
Although I've never been a big fan of George Romero (except for the delightful CREEPSHOW), it's hard to believe he's involved with this dreadful film. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Michael Butts