Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, a documentary crew travels back to the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened.
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.Written by
Night on Bald Mountain
Composed by Modest Mussorgsky (as Modest Mussorgky)
Arranged and performed by Dead Rose Symphony
Courtesy of McWhorter Records
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Well produced anthology, with high values on direction, camera, acting, editing and sound.
The first half seems more coherent, with a scarier vibe and what looks like an editorial rule of having screen shots of Romero's classic in each one. There's a definite theme of Grimm's fairy tales running through it, as kids get sucked into the weird world of Halloween. My favourite was Ding Dong, about a child-craving woman, mostly because it has Pollyanna Macintosh. But the Lin Shaye story, although stylish, seemed a bit unpolished. The first story has a pretty good take on the Exorcist III jump scare, this time running from right to left.
The second half goes more campy head-banger with loads of blood. Eventually the tongue is pushed so hard into the cheek that a little bit comes out the other side.
There's no wraparound, just a silky female DJ voice with a few nods to The Fog.
Overall, enjoyable and something for everyone - but I prefer creeps over chuckles, and felt in the end this was pitched at the Budweiser crowd. Rice beer is such a downer.
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