Judge Clark Douglas is just cashing in on his legacy.
Our review of Deadtime Stories: Volume One, published July 8th, 2011, is also available.
After the remarkably disappointing Volume One, I figured this George A. Romero-hosted horror anthology series had nowhere to go but up. After all, the three short films presented in the first installment are remarkably crappy tales that rank as some of the most shoddily-made horror I've experienced in recent years. Unfortunately, Deadtime Stories: Volume Two somehow finds a way to make a terrible series just a little bit worse.
The only thing the producers of this series could have done to make Romero's stilted, corny, uncomfortable hosting bits worse would be to simply recycle the same footage the second time around. Amazingly, that's precisely what happened, as a large portion of Romero's lines are ported over from the first installment. Sure, there are a few story-specific bits recorded particularly for this release, but Romero clearly couldn't even be bothered to deliver a new cornball poem at the beginning of this set. The man looks immensely unhappy to be saddled with this gag; perhaps someone behind the camera is waving some blackmail photos at him? At any rate, here are the short films you receive:
On Sabbath Hill
The DVD transfer is mixed, offering respectable levels of detail yet suffering a great deal during darker scenes. Anything overcast is frustratingly murky; The Gorge sports numerous scenes which are visually incomprehensible. Audio is even worse, with dialogue which drops out, terribly sloppy fusions of sound design and music, lines of dialogue which sounds distorted, music which is cranked up too loud and boisterous scenes which lack much punch. Frankly, the sound is amateurish. Supplements are limited to a a brief making-of featurette.
Even by the very low artistic standards of low-budget horror, Deadtime Stories: Volume Two is garbage. This series has proven creatively bankrupt and irredeemably tedious; a vastly greater disgrace to Romero's name than the very worst of his recent zombie outings. Please, someone put this ill-advised franchise out of its misery.
I'm afraid it's deadtime.
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