George A. Romero, one of the original masters of horror, brings us a fresh new anthology of horror sure to twist your mind and send you screaming in fear. George A. Romero Presents Deadtime Stories: Volume 2, a freakish collection of three stories sure to make sure that when it’s your bedtime, you’ll have nightmares.
If you’re familiar with Tales from the Crypt or Tales from the Hood, then you’re already familiar with the formula for this movie and it’s already a sure fire winner for you. If you haven’t seen a movie like these before, then let me inform you now that you won’t be seeing a single over-80-minute horror movie but an anthology of three short stories. I really enjoy this style of horror movie because they’re a rare breed and I wish there was more of them.
What I found very unique around Deadtime Stories: Volume 2 is that these weren’t your basic horror stories. They felt more like psychological horror and unlike most horror movies, these carried a moral within their story. Generally it’s all about the hack and slash, throw some gore at you and now you’re scared. These went a bit deeper and it was a nice change of pace.
And with how much I found myself enjoying this anthology, I did have two complaints. The first is that there is obviously a small budget involved in this film which almost leads this to being a positive as well. Though some scenes show the low production value, this most likely made the special-effects teams use practical effects. Too many movies with larger budgets these days always want to go to the computer for special effects. Unfortunately, this ends up taking away because when you don’t have enough of a budget, the CGI doesn’t look real. But when your production value is too low to consider CGI, you’re forced to go practical which gives it a great sense of realism, and I’m a fan of practical effects.
My second complaint is the sound mixing of the voices. I found myself constantly turning up the volume so I could hear what was being said. Even more frustratingly, I would have the volume perfect, a scene switch would happen and I would be forced to alter my volume again. This did get a little off putting at times but I didn’t detract for the movie so much that I couldn’t enjoy or nor miss the story.
Deadtime Stories: Volume 2 only comes with one bonus feature that is relevant to the film itself. A making-of feature gives us a 15-minute look into the work put into this anthology of horror. Unlike most making-of features, there is no narrator. This was a nice change from the regular features of this type as sometimes you want to hear what is going on or being said during filming and not the narrator. They made sure to keep it entertaining and very light hearted. This is a great feature to watch and I’d recommend you see it at least once, you won’t regret it.
Overall, Deadtime Stories: Volume 2 is a great horror anthology to add to your collection. Well thought out and executed, this is definitely not to be missed, especially if you like horror movies that get into your head. Romero delivers spectacular horror and a ice cold platter of guts once again. If you’ve never watched any of the anthology style horror films, this is a great place to start.