Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!
Inspired by traditional fairy tales, this anthology film features three gruesome stories that are framed by the story of a lethargic uncle who can’t seem to alleviate his bratty young nephew’s fear of the dark. To try to get him to sleep, the uncle tries his hand at a few warped, testosterone-fueled versions of his favorite bedtime tales. The first installment, Peter and the Witches, tells the story of a young fisherman enslaved by two shape-shifting witches trying to bring their sister back to life. The second chapter is Little Red Running Hood — a somewhat shapelier modern version of the classic heroine — whose jog to Granny’s house leads to a showdown with a pill-popping weirdo whose anti-werewolf remedy got switched with Granny’s prescription. Still unable to satisfy his demanding nephew, the exhausted uncle pulls out all the stops for the final tale, in which the Three Baers — a family of murderous crackers — encounter the telekinetic Goldi Lox, a malevolent cutie who shares the Baers’ penchant for death and dismemberment.
Originally titled Freaky Fairy Tales, the film is directed by Jeffrey Delman from a screenplay by Delman, J. Edward Kiernan and Charles F. Shelton. The movie features a cast that includes Scott Valentine (Family Ties) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Red State). I’ve never seen this but I am really curious to give it a watch. It sounds like it could be a fun twist on some fairy tale lore and, based off the trailer, it looks like there are a lot of fun things to see in the movie.
How to watch Deadtime Stories
Deadtime Stories is available on DVD currently. Though it should be noted that it comes as a DVD-R disc since the product is manufactured on demand. The word on the street is that even though it is a DVD disc, the video quality is more in line with the VHS format. (Buy Deadtime Stories on DVD)
The movie is also available through Amazon’s Instant Video service. You can only purchase it, no rental option is available. (Buy Deadtime Stories on Amazon Instant Video)
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by Ben McBride
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