Tales of Halloween – Brings the frights and the fun in equal measure
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Lisa Marie, Ben Woolf, Lin Shaye, Sam Witwer, Pollyanna McIntosh, Barbara Crampton, John Landis, James Duval, Madison Iseman, Kristina Klebe, Alex Essoe, Dana Gould, Marc Senter, Casey Ruggieri, Amanda Moyer, and Shaked Berenson
Horror anthologies are a tricky beast. It seems like, in the past, most if not all of them have some strong scenes but in the end are too all over the map to supply high level entertainment all the way through. Recently, the “VHS” and the “ABCs of Death” films have supplied horror hounds with some terrific moments but also had some yawners mixed in. Well, all my horror flick fanatics, this year there is an anthology that supplies guts, gore, and ghoulish laughs. I give you “Tales of Halloween”!
10 shorts, directed by 11 directors (I should also mention Clint Sears as the only non-directing writer) do something that no other horror anthology has before… They stay wildly entertaining the whole way through. With a sublime mix of gore and goofs, “Tales of Halloween” is sure to instantly become a classic in the eyes of any and all who consider Halloween the holiday worthy of most celebration!
Part of the real fun with “Tales” is that, as a horror fanatic myself, I got to see so many of my favorite performers (directed by some of my favorite directors) playing such fun roles. Even the first frame of the film had me smiling as Adrienne Barbeau narrates, as a radio disc jockey ala “The Fog”. Alex Essoe, Barbara Crampton, Lisa Marie the list goes on and on. You even get to see a few of the directors make brief appearances. Although I enjoyed them all, if I had to venture a guess I would say the one that will have the most people talking is the segment directed by Mr. Lucky Mckee and starring his talented muse Pollyanna McIntosh. It is certainly the one with imagery that is still stuck in my mind an hour after watching the movie.
I am not going to give a rundown of each segments plot. That would ruin too much of the fun. I will just say that I had a blast watching each and every bit. “Tales of Halloween is a horror fan’s cinematic trick-or-treat bag Every time you blink, there is a new tasty surprise for you to sink your teeth into. I definitely recommend that everyone make this one to watch, this all hallows eve!