With its offbeat blend of warped humor, dramatic/horror elements, and social commentary, "Dream Scenario" may not always be comfortable but it is undeniably provocative.

It is not a bad way to spend a couple of hours, keeping in mind that this fairy tale, like most, has only a tenuous link to reality.

A far cry from the fantastic majesty of the Tolkien-based epics but has the feel of something that could spawn an enduring franchise if it catches on.