Deadtime Stories: Volume Two (2009)
By: J.R. McNamara on July 17, 2012  | 
DVD
Eagle | Region 4, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 98 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Michael Fischa, Jeff Monahan, Matt Walsh
Starring: John Rimauldi, Same Redford, atrick Jordan, Barret Hackney
Screenplay: Jeff Monahan
Country: USA
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Here we are, back again with more of what I have decided to call 'the Worst Anthology Series To Exist' which happens to have the acronym W.A.S.T.E. I love it when a plan comes together!

Just like Deadtime Stories Volume 1, Romero has no real creative involvement in these tales except for starring as the host, much like Rod Serling, but older... and with glasses that could only be described as 'monolithic'! Seriously, when did Coca Cola start diversifying into ophthalmology? There are three stories here, all written by Jeff Monahan, who wrote all of the stories from the first one, so the viewer should immediately be dubious of the quality, though each chapter is at least directed by a different person. Ol' George quips in-between each one, ala the Cryptkeeper, and I have to call them quips as 'wisecracks' indicates some form of intelligence behind them, but there is none.

The Gorge is the first tale, and tells of a trio who go caving but of course, a cave-in causes them to become trapped. As time wears on, one of the cavers who was injured in the initial cave-in becomes food for the other two. They are eventually rescued, but one of them can't come to terms with her cannibalism, and it ends as a weird mash of Cannibal Apocalypse as some kind of bizarre prequel to The Descent. This film has some decent gory set pieces but fails in its pacing and could have finished about 4 times throughout the course of the tale.

On Sabbath Hill tells of a university professor who is slipping the salami to one of his students, and unceremoniously dumps her when he finds out she's knocked up. She commits suicide, in the classroom in front of him, and he remains haunted by her. This is a pretty predictable and boring revenge haunting tale which would sit alongside such dross as What Lies Beneath.

Dust is the final tale and is a quirky one. The story is about a security guard whose wife is suffering from the final stages of cancer. The guard works for a government facility where a scientist has discovered that some dust that has been brought back from Mars has the potential to cure cancer. George steals it, of course, and feeds it to his dying wife, who recovers with a voracious appetite for sex and meat, but constantly needs more of the dust. Eventually we discover that the dust has properties that can bring the dead back to life, and then the dust is spilt into the graveyard behind George's house, and many return from their graves... and it feels like a clumsy pseudo prequel to Romero's own Night of the Living Dead.

As with volume one, for some reason the DVD masterers have decided to split these 3 stories into three separate episodes instead of leaving them as a full film, which appears to have been the intention but it doesn't really matter, the whole package is a pile of old cobblers.
Video
This feature is presented in a 16:9 enhanced 1.78:1 aspect ratio with a clean image.
Audio
The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 but it is a clean enough sound.
Extra Features
Thankfully, the only extras are trailers for other films being released by Eagle Entertainment, and those trailers are: The Revenant, Mr Nice, Set Up, Giallo, Blood Fight and Warlord.
The Verdict
Unfortunately it is just a crap as the first one, and I remain stumped as to why Romero would put his name to such a load of tripe.
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