A babysitting uncle tells his charges three horror stories–about a killer witch, Little Red Riding Hood and a werewolf, and a story about “Goldi Lox” and the three bears.

deadtimestoriesbluStudio: Shout! Factory
Year: 1986
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Run time: 93 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: English DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

In ‘Deadtime Stories’, a paranoid guy who is having trouble getting to sleep at night is told three fairy stories by his weirdo uncle, but with a twist. In the first, two witches are trying to revive their dead relative by getting their nephew to invite guests over, who they promptly slaughter and throw in a cauldron for ingredients. The second has Red Riding Hood becoming a fitness fanatic who is desperate to lose her virginity with her boyfriend while being pursued by The Big Bad Wolf (who just wants his medication back..) Lastly, in the best of the trilogy, Goldilocks is transformed into a homicidal maniac with psychic powers who has just escaped from a loony bin along with ‘The Three Bears’ and is on the run from the police. Yes, it is all as mad as it sounds.

The production was obviously operated on a very tight budget. But that doesn’t excuse scenes where the boom-mike thrusts itself into view or we can see daylight through the windows, though it is supposed to be night. Whatever else you might think though, there is some very imaginative premises here which I can only guess how the writer came up with. For instance, The Three Bears are now humans, with Baby Bear as a simple-minded giant, Papa Bear as a fast-talking midget and Mama Bear as the stern matriarch of the trio.

Movie Quality: 6/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Having watched ‘Deadtime Stories’ several times over the years via various formats Scream Factory an imprint of Shout Factory brings us this film on to Blu-ray. This is a very solid looking print throughout which is exciting to see here since this film has suffered a bit in video quality when on the previous formats like DVD. The color palette holds up pretty well with some strong colors, but there are issues at times with some of the flesh tones running too hot. There is some slight grain throughout but never becomes obtrusive. The levels of detail are also pretty good here. The special effects are 80’s level of effects, they come off pretty well in this high definition transfer.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 2.0 mix. All the years of viewing ‘Deadtime Stories’ on broadcast TV, VHS, DVD, and now Blu-ray this movie has never sounded this good. It’s like the folks at Shout gave the audio an extra jolt really bringing this mix to life. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. Then add the spectacular creepy soundtrack that comes peering into your living room, really adds to the atmosphere for this film. You will not be disappointed at all.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director and Co-Writer Jeffrey Delman
  • A Band of Gypsies: The Making of ‘Deadtime Stories’ [HD]
  • Jeffrey Delman Interview [HD]
  • Original Black Forest Short Film
  • Red Riding Hood Alternate Opening
  • Trailer Reel [HD]
  • Photo Gallery [HD]

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

‘Deadtime Stories’ still manages to be entertaining despite its faults. My favorite has to be the anthology take on “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears”. Shout Factory/Scream Factory still manages to do a great job here with this new Blu-ray release.
Overall Rating: 7/10