Deadtime Stories Vol. 2 (2010)
Where to get it: Millennium Media
Horror master George A. Romero, presents The second volume of this terrifying set which contains the following three short horror films: THE GORGE: Three best friends go hiking on a fun morning expedition when a sudden avalanche leaves them trapped in a cave with no way out. Now imprisoned in a living nightmare, how long can the three survive before they begin to turn on each other? ON SABBATH HILL: A chilling tale about a handsome playboy professor who is a stickler for student attendance. When his wandering affections cause a female admirer to commit suicide, his stern attendance rules come back to haunt him. Literally. DUST: When a scientist at a high-tech space lab discovers dust from the planet Mars might have the ability to cure cancer, a security guard steals a sample for his terminally ill wife. What at first appears to be a miracle cure turns into an unimaginable horror.
Volume 2 of Deadtime Stories comes to us in the very same style as volume 1. Only this time around you will probably notice that the actual stories seem to run longer than before. While some could see this as a good thing, I did notice that it did leave room for some dragging from time to time in the shorts themselves. But one added bonus this time around is the fact that the shorts are full of more blood and gore. They also are just better stories overall than what we got during the first film. Still not on that “Creepshow” level, but signs of improvement are easy to notice when you sit down to give it a watch. The only real fault in these stronger tales, is that we don’t get any cool twists at the end of any of them like one particular story gave us last time.
The film does kick off bloody enough with a take on hikers turned cannibals in, The Gorge. That should be enough to start most horror fans off on the right foot. The next tale, On Sabbath Hill, is a little slower of a pace. This one does suffer from dragging and that could be a turn off to the average movie watcher. Things do however get somewhat back on a more acceptable lever with, Dust. It’s a story about science and the bad effects of someone with good overall intentions. These shorts could have benefited from a little trimming on the time side of things, but overall, I think you have an improvement over Vol.1 when all is said and done.