As a kid, some of my favorite horror movies were anthologies--movies that told three or four stories within the movie--the stories were tied together or were told by one person to others, classics like Creepshow, Tales From The Darkside: The Movie and Twilight Zone: The Movie. Those were all very enjoyable movies; Deadtime Stories, a movie that re-tales three classic fairy tales with modern updates, is not. Uncle Mike (Michael Mesmer) is telling these stories to young Brian (Brian DePersia), an irritating, whiny brat of a kid who can’t sleep.
The first story, about two sister witches and their somewhat innocent…son? Adopted drifter? Not sure who he is to them, but he is played by Scott Valentine (Nick from Family Ties)..., is dull and lifeless, but does include a fairly cool scene of a skeleton coming to life, and it gives a bit of a laugh in the end.
The second story, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, is the best of the three, but is still far from good. It does have an interesting scene or two and is not a bad update to the story. So far, the movie is okay. Then comes the third story, based on The Story Of The Three Bears. This is absolute torture. It seems to ignore the fact that this is a horror movie and goes to almost a hundred percent comedy, which in itself may not be bad but it's so terribly unfunny. Honestly, it is so bad that if this story were the entire movie it would rank as one of the ten worst movies I have ever seen.
One redeeming thing throughout the movie is the music, especially during the opening sequence. Still, it is not nearly enough to make this worth watching. This is a huge disappointment.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 3