No Midnight Snacking When You Watch Deadtime Stories, Volume 2
The good news is that George A. Romero Presents Deadtime Stories, Volume 2 (DVD release: September 20, 2011) is a much better collection than Volume 1. Higher production values, superior acting (don’t get carried away, I didn’t say wonderful), and better stories distinguish Deadtime Stories, Volume 2 from its predecessor. Even Romero’s introductions are better, or at least much less painful.
The bad news is that you shouldn’t eat hot dogs, sausages, pizza, pasta, or anything with a red sauce while you’re watching. In fact, skip the cherry Kool-Aid, the Bordeaux, and the strawberry sundae. Oh, heck—you’re not even going to feel like eating popcorn when you see the gorefest Romero has provided.
There are three stories comprising Deadtime Stories, Volume 2. The first starts out as a tense little trapped-by-an-avalanche tale, “The Gorge,” that quickly devolves into a cannibalistic frenzy after three friends are out “caving,” become trapped, and wait four weeks to be rescued. If you like to see blood, flopping intestines, and dismemberment, you’ll enjoy “The Gorge.” If you’d like to see an engrossing film about a man trapped while rock climbing, see 127 Hours.
An up-tight college professor with an attendance and punctuality obsession is the subject of “On Sabbath Hill,” the best of the three episodes. He’s not so uptight, though, that he’s immune to beautiful young students. When the girl he’s been sleeping with tells him she’s pregnant, he doesn’t react favorably. The expectant young mother gets dolled up, grabs a gun, goes to class and blows her brains out after reciting poetry. Once dead, she continues to hang out at school, much to the professor’s distress. Although this is the best of the three stories, it falls apart in the third act, when disgusting effects replace plot.Continued on the next page