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Deadtime Stories Volume 1: An Anthology film presented by George Romero. Three stories are told. The first is "Valley of the Shadow" about woman searching for her missing husband in a remote tribe's land. The second story "Wet" is about a man who digs up a mermaid body part and is warned to bury it back the way he found it for his own safety. The third tale, "House call", is about a doctor being called to the home of a desperate woman who believes her son is a vampire. Written by
Please note: this review is for part one, because IMDb seems to have the films confused. If I need to move this later, I will.
In this anthology of horror tales: a group of scientists wander through a jungle inhabited by savages ("Valley of the Shadow"); a man digs up a strange jade artifact on the beach ("Wet"); and a mother brings a doctor home to check on her son, who has a thirst for blood ("Housecall").
Romero's role in this film is somewhat sad. Other than reading silly snippets between segments, he does not seem to have had any involvement in the project. Attaching his name will get people to rent the film that would not have otherwise given it a look, but most Romero fans will probably be disappointed. This is really the project of his associate Jeff Monahan.
The stories are too short to ever get anywhere, especially the first story. There was no character development or any build-up of suspense. It just sort of meandered about. That sort of nonsense would never have been in a "Creepshow" film.
The second part is a bit better, adding mystery and intrigue along with a hidden mythology. It seems like there is considerable potential for this one to be lengthened (though maybe it would not hold up as well). There are not nearly enough horror films about mythological sea creatures.
Part three was directed by the legendary Tom Savini, which might be the only redeeming thing about this film. The style used is most unusual, boxed in and grainy, with odd acting and music. I like it, though I am unclear why this decision was made.
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