Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet
Cast: Booboo Stewart, Grace Phipps, John Savage, Lin Shaye, Pollyanna McIntosh, Barry Bostwick, Adrienne Barbeau, Sam Witwer, John Landis
Running Time: 92 Minutes
I LOVE a good anthology horror and TALES OF HALLOWEEN is one of the best I have seen. In the same vein as Michael Dougherty’s massively popular TRICK ‘R’ TREAT, TALES OF HALLOWEEN is the perfect film to get you into the Halloween spirit. My first thoughts? GOOSEBUMPS for adults!
TALES OF HALLOWEEN is 10 spooky stories all set in this very weird town on Halloween night. I love how they’re all linked in some tiny way, like TRICK ‘R’ TREAT, and it is one of those films that you can watch several times and still pick up on things you missed before.
With a stellar cast and crew including cameos from John Landis, Barbara Crampton, Robert Rusler, Joe Dante… seriously this film is filled to the brim with serious genre talent. Having the gorgeously velvet voice of Adrienne Barbeau narrate as the radio DJ provides perfection as her Stevie Wayne character from THE FOG is probably one of my favourite performances in a horror film. TALES OF HORROR is a wonderful mix of the weird and wonderful with UFO’s, witches, masked madmen and a flesh-eating pumpkin. It truly has something for everyone!
Like all anthologies, there are mixed results. One or two are weaker but all becomes clear at the twist conclusion.
Personally, I love the ‘Ding Dong’ segment with Pollyanna McIntosh as the crazy witch housewife who just wants a child. She’s fantastic and I would’ve watched her all day. Another standout is ‘The Ransom Of Rusty Rex’ starring the late Ben Woolf and John Landis as his millionaire father who refuses to pay his son’s kidnappers. I don’t want to give too much away about each of the stories but several times I found myself pleasantly surprised with the multitude of twists and turns.
‘Sweet Tooth’ is the perfect narrative to get you into the feel of the film. This opens with a boy being told a story of a monster that loves sweets so much he eats the Halloween candy out of your stomach. From then on you don’t really know what to expect, like the perfect Halloween, TALES OF HALLOWEEN is full of many tricks and treats.
There is a good, old-fashioned feeling around the Halloween season and TALES OF HALLOWEEN delivers that in buckets and blood. Everything about it screams “old-school” and it is the perfect film to get you in the mood. The film is highly accessible for all as there really is a story for everyone and is actually a great film for kids when they are at that age where ERNEST SCARED STUPID and HOCUS POCUS isn’t cutting for them anymore. I love those films but you get to the point when you want something more. Namely lots of gore!
TALES OF HALLOWEEN is released in the US and VOD from the 16th October.