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Screamtime (1983)

R | | Fantasy, Horror | 1984 (USA)
Compilation of three short horror films: "That's The Way To Do It", "Dreamhouse" and "Do You Believe In Fairies?" plus some new linking material.

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(as Al Beresford), (as Al Beresford)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Russo ...
Ed
Michael Gordon ...
Bruce
Marie Scinto ...
Marie
...
Shop Owner
Robin Bailey ...
Jack
Ann Lynn ...
Lena
Jonathon Morris ...
Damien (as Johnathon Morris)
Dione Inman ...
Suzy
...
Doctor (as Boscoe Hogan)
John Styles ...
Punch (voice)
...
Tony
Yvonne Nicholson ...
Susan
Lally Bowers ...
Mrs. Kingsley
Veronica Doran ...
Miss Burns
Brenda Kempner ...
Woman
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Compilation of three short horror films: "That's The Way To Do It", "Dreamhouse" and "Do You Believe In Fairies?" plus some new linking material.

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Don't believe the rumors about all the dead bodies... They're the people who fainted watching! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Do You Believe in Fairies?  »

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References The Blob (1958) See more »

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A Pleasant Diversion
8 December 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Sometimes when you expect the worst....you get a nice, mild surprise. Something may turn out to not be as bad as you thought it would be. Such is the case with Screamtime. The video box depicts the film as being real cheap and bad, and the opening shots and credits do little to dismiss that impression. Two guys steal three videos and run to some girl's house. Almost instantaneously we are given a view of her naked breasts. Well, at this point you think you have a pretty good idea where the film is going. Then the punk kid/thief sticks a video in the VCR and we start to watch a story about an English puppeteer who lives a life with a wife and stepson who don't love or understand him. They want him to burn his puppets, give up what he has spent his life doing, and move to Canada. The story is nothing like the wrap-around story. It is well-directed, has some decent performances, and even some thoughtful story-telling. The script is not great, but the story is entertaining. Robin Bailey does a real nice job as Jack, the man behind an evil looking Punch and Judy. The story ends, having generated some pretty good jumps and at least some suspense. Back to the the story of the thieves. The footage of them seems like it was shot by some high school amateurs. Then another story. The second story out-classes the rest for it tells a story of a woman and man who just moved into a big house. She begins to see things. The pacing is a bit slow, but the climax is more than ample reward for that small discrepancy. I really was quite surprised by the ending of the story and very pleased with the whole story overall. It was extremely well-executed in terms of direction and performance. Back to the stupid clods again and then on to the third story about a young man and his buddies out to rob two old women who say they live amongst fairies and gnomes. The story is pretty good and the two old ladies are wonderfully played by Dora Bryan and Jean Anderson. The special effects in this story are somewhat lacking. The third story ends and then we see how the wrap-around story ends. It is a ridiculous ending to a whole ridiculous scheme. The film may have faired better if they had someone just host the three stories and introduce them like in Thriller. It certainly would not have hurt. At any rate don't pass this one up if you like some good old British anthology horror story-telling. The stories are very interesting. I can only think that somehow someone made these three stories in England and could not find a "real" distributor and ended up selling them to some fifth-rate film operation.


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