Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 14, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

New for July 14, 2011

George A. Romero Presents: Deadtime Stories Volume 1 (2011), directed by Michael Fischa and Jeff Monahan (and Tom Savini – curiously unlisted), with George A. Romero, Nick Mancuso, Bjorn Ahlstedt, Amy Marsalis, Jeff Monahan, Antone Pagan and Kristin Slaysman – SLAYSman?

Here’s three scary stories clocking in at a little over an hour, not to be confused with the 1986 horror film of the same title. The 76-minute running-time includes intros by horror icon George Romero in the Cryptkeeper role (or the Rod Serling role, depending on your generational perspective.) In addition to Romero’s guest role, what’s important for horror fans is that the third story, House Call, is directed by Romero’s buddy, legendary FX artist Tom Savini. Apparently, House Call was released previously as part of a 2004 series called Chill Factor. Never heard of it.

I like anthology horror films. I suppose I’ll be checking this out. There’s also a Dead Time Stories Volume 2, which I imagine will be showing up on Netflix any day now. (Available until January 12, 2013)

Ju-on: White Ghost/Black Ghost (2009), directed by Riyuta Miyake and Mari Asato, with Akina Minami, Ai Kago, Hana Matsumoto, Hiroki Suzuki, Ichirôta Miyakawa, Kôji Seto, Kuniteru Shigeyama and Kana Tsugihara – Asian ghost stories kind of bore me, but I thought Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On was a pretty cool movie when I saw it roughly a decade ago (give or take a few years.) I guess this is supposed to be a tribute of sorts by way of a pair of ghost stories directed  by … Riyuta Miyaki… yeah. I don’t know these folks. To be perfectly honest, I’d have a lot more faith in this if Shimizu was directing. Here’s a review that says the first half is worth checking out. (Available until January 13, 2014)

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