Set during one messed-up Halloween, Tales of Halloween is an anthology horror film with a few tricks up its sleeve. We review the upcoming Blu-ray release.
Good horror anthologies are few and far between; in recent years we had VHS, which was a pretty decent attempt (the first two in the series, not the third) and also The ABCs of Death, which was a rather lacklustre affair. Now we have Tales of Halloween, and for quality alone, it trumps those just mentioned.
Based over one Halloween night, Tales of Halloween features some great independent directors showing off their skills with a series of (sometimes interwoven) horror segment, with children and candy being recurring themes.
The film starts with a segment entitled “Sweet Tooth”, which introduces a new slasher-type character who demands you share some of your candy with him. If you refuse, he will take it anyway – even candy you have already eaten!
“The Night Billy Raised Hell” is a very fun little short, telling the story of how a young Satan-costumed Billy and his strange older neighbour cause havoc around their neighbourhood.
You will see some very familiar faces in Tales of Hallowen – Lin Shaye (Insidious), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York) in a role similar to the one she played in The Fog, Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Polyanna McIntosh (The Woman) and many more feature, some are more cameos than anything but it’s fun to spot them.
As mentioned above, each segment is directed by some great creators such as Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent)and Lucy McKee (The Woman).
Overall, Tales of Halloween is a fun film that could become a repeated watch every Halloween for many fans of the season, as they prepare to go out into the night themselves for a little trick or treat.