Tales of Halloween
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, Paul Solet, John Skipp and Andrew Kasch
Written by: Dave Parker, Clint Sears, Greg Commons, Molly Millions, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Andrew Kasch and John Skipp, Mike Mendez, Ryan Schifrin and Neil Marshall
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Clare Kramer, Greg Grunberg, Barry Bostwick, Tiffany Shepis, Trent Haaga, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Marc Senter, Pollyanna McIntosh, Grace Phipps, BooBoo Stewart, Noah Segan, Dana Gould, James Duval, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sam Witwer, Kristina Klebe, Pat Healy, Cerina Vincent and John Savage
Synopsis: Named "the best horror anthology since Trick 'r Treat" by Fangoria and "among the best Halloween-themed horror movies ever made" by DailyDead, this critically acclaimed film weaves together ten chilling tales from horror’s top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night.
I will be doing my best to avoid spoilers but their might be some slight spoilers.
Review: The pedigree behind this movie is insane. Spearheaded by former Fangoria writer and current horror filmmaker Axelle Carolyn(whose husband is Neil Marshall of Dog Soldiers and The Descent fame) it features 10 tales from the directors of The Dead Hate The Living, The Hills Run Red, Repo the Genetic Opera, Saw 2–4, Autopsy, Night of the Demons (the remake), Grace, Soulmate, May, The Woods, All Cheerleaders Die, Red (not the Bruce Willis movie), The Convent, Gravedancers, Big Ass Spider, Abominable, Dog Soldiers, The Descent and much more. I’ve been pumped for this movie since I heard of it last year. I’m going to go over each segment and then give a final score of the movie as a whole.
First up is Dave Parkers Sweet Tooth. Sweet Tooth is about a babysitter and her boyfriend telling a boy the legend of Sweet Tooth, who kills you if you don’t share your candy with him on Halloween night. He also tears out your insides and eats the candy from your stomach. This story was brutal and had good kills while keeping a sense of fun. Sweet Tooth also looked very creepy.
Next up we have The Night Billy Raised Hell by Darren Lynn Bousman. It’s follows a boy who attempts to prank the devil and the consequences he faces. This story is just pure fun. It’s low on the gore but it features a fun turn from Rocky Horror’s Barry Bostwick as the Devil and a hilarious cameo by model Adrienne Curry.
3rd is Trick by Adam Gierasch. Trick follows a group of friends being killed by a group of Trick or Treaters. Why are they being killed? Part of the fun of the story is finding out. Besides that their isn’t much to this story but it is darkly fun.
Following that is The Weak and the Wicked by Paul Solet. It follows a group of bullies from the wrong side of down who messed with the wrong person and it catches up to them. This is another that is short on story but if you like stories where bullies get what’s coming to them then you will enjoy this segment.
Then we have Grim Grinning Ghost by Axelle Carolyn. It’s follows a young woman whose car breaks down being stalked by a ghost. The atmosphere in this story is really well done. You keep expecting to see the ghost and every time you expect to, you dont. My only complaint about this one is that it’s felt a little short.
Following that is Ding Dong by Lucky McKee. It follows a man who finds out that his wife is a witch and she’s wants a child. His wife is extremely abusive and belittles him at every turn. I enjoyed the story overall but I really didn’t care for the ending.
Then we have This Means War by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp. It features a war of Halloween decorations between two neighbors which may have deadly consequences. I thought this one was really fun and had that classic anthology story ending.
The 8th story is Friday the 31st by Mike Mendez. It’s about a Jason Voorhees-Esque character that runs afoul of an alien. I love this one. It’s Friday the 13th meets Evil Dead. Nuff said.
The next to last story is The Ransom of Rusty Rex by Ryan Schifrin. Two friends kidnap a rich man’s son and he turns out to not exactly be what they thought. This one was just pure fun with a brutal ending. Also features a nice cameo from John Landis of American Werewolf in London fame as the boy’s father.
And last but not least is Bad Seed by Neil Marshall. It follows a detective investigating a murder who finds out the killer is a pumpkin. This one is played completely straight which just makes it all the more hilarious. I would complain about it feeling too short but the ending hints at a possible full length sequel. Also keep an eye out for Joe Dante the director of Gremlins at the end.
Overall, I fucking loved Tales of Halloween. It just may be my favorite anthology movie ever.
Tales of Halloween is a fantastic horror anthology that has a little something for everyone and will have you begging for a sequel.
Score: 10 out of 10.