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Dead Time Stories (1986)

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Inspired by traditional fairy tales, this trio of gruesome and darkly-comic vignettes is framed by the story of a lethargic uncle who can't seem to alleviate his bratty young nephew's fear of the dark, trying 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 (Scott Valentine) enslaved by two shape-shifting witches who are trying to bring their sister back to life; he later rebels against his masters after falling in love with the virgin they've captured as a sacrifice. The goofy second chapter involves "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 the demanding tyke, 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, this plodding, pedestrian film wandered in distribution limbo until Valentine's role in "Family Ties" lent some degree of marquee value. The cynical closing (in which the nephew's fears turn out to be justified) is rather satisfying, though.

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Cast

Melissa Leo
as Judith "MaMa" Baer
Michael Mesmer
as Uncle Mike
Rondell Sheridan
as Looney Bin Guard
Brian de Persia
as Little Brian
Kevin Hannon
as Beresford "Papa" Baer
Timothy Rule
as Wilmont Baby Baer
John Bachelder
as Drugstore Clerk
Heather L. Bailey
as Girl in Store
Beth Belty
as Reporter
Ron Bush
as Bank Guard
Lisa Cain
as Living Magoga
Oded Carmi
as Postman
Phyllis Craig
as Hanagohl
Jeffrey S. Delman
as Strangling Man
Kathy Fleg
as Miranda
Leigh Kilton
as Seductress
Fran Lopate
as Grandma
Michele Mars
as Waitress
Patrick McCord
as Anchorman
Jim Nocell
as Dead Body
Harvey Pierce
as Capt. Jack B. Quick
Anne Redfern
as Florinda
Lesley Sank
as Reviving Magoga
Barbara Seldon
as Seductress
Bryant Tausek
as Man at Car
Robert Trimboli
as Lt. Jack B. Nimble
Suzanne Vaucher
as Weather Girl
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Critic Reviews for Dead Time Stories

All Critics (4)

The twisted tales range from "pretty bad" to "mediocre."

February 27, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Aisle Seat

All in all, this is a bad horror and bad comedy film.

March 24, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
ESplatter

Sickly twisted in parts, but not worth a rental.

October 17, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
Juicy Cerebellum

Forgettable low-budget anthology schtick.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/5
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Audience Reviews for Dead Time Stories

One of the worst anthology horror movies I've ever seen. Only one story is any good, but the others are stupid and not even scary.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

I saw this in a very horrible print. The fairy tales were sort of raped. A bad storyteller would make up that kinda stories. I mean who will talk about "Adult Thingy" in front of a child. He wanted to hear something miserable but not a porn story or whatever. The ending was weird. This was no near watchable. Don't recommend this to watch.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

½

Just twisted and stupid enough to be entertaining. For hardcore 80's fans only.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer

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