One reason Deadtime Stories may not so well remembered today could be because, as its theme song so astutely notes, those bedtime tales we were told as a kid were already quite screwed up when you stop and think about it.
A wolf that tries to eat a little girl after killing her grandmother and disguising itself as her, another wolf that wants to eat three innocent pigs and is willing to destroy their homes to get to them, a cannibalistic witch only thwarted when kids burn her alive in her own oven: three classic bedtime stories, like so many others, that if they weren’t considered centuries old classics would by today standards be considered too dark and violent for little kids.
The 1986 anthology Deadtime Stories put an even more horrifying twist on the classic tales of a boy confronting a wicked witch, a modern spin on “Little Red Riding Hood”, and “Goldielocks and the Three Bears” reimagined as a sexed-up story of a psychotic girl and a trio of thieves.
Jeffrey Delman not only co-wrote and directed the film, along with musician Larry Juris, he’s responsible for the terrific opening credits song “Bedtime Tales” that denotes just how disturbing some of our most famous fairy tales are. All the while, human and monstrous hands fight over which one gets to turn the pages of the big book of opening credits.
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