Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday Night at the Movies: Tales of Halloween

'Twas the Sunday before Halloween, and all through The Basement, not a creature was stirring . . . except one allegedly creepy movie featuring 10 short stories by 11 of the most notorious directors working in indie horror at the moment.

That's right, we're celebrating the final Sunday before the Best Night of the Year with the new horror anthology Tales of Halloween, a flick we pimped right before *cough cough* calling it quits last Halloween. Hey, we changed our collective mind. Wanna fight about it?

As for those directors? They include Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet and former Basement guests Lucky McKee and Mike Mendez.

Heading into Tales of Halloween, one can't help but think of one of the best horror anthologies of all time - not to mention one of the greatest flicks set on Halloween -- Trick r Treat. Undeniably, Michael Dougherty's seasonal classic is a tough act to follow for a movie like this. Which begs the question, can it?

Stick with me!

First up, nope. As hard as it might try, Tales of Halloween just can't hold a candle to Dougherty's flick. Not by a mile. And it tries very hard. Hard enough,that Tales of Halloween is still successful in its own right. If you aren't in the Halloween spirit going into this movie, you will be coming out of it.

The movie's heart is in the right place, but relying on so many tales to tell, well, the tale means some work and some don't Those that work, work well. Those that don't, detract from the overall impact.

My favourites are Carolyn's creepy Grim Grinning Ghost, Mendez's hilarious Friday the 31st, Kasch's decorative This Means War, and Parker's opener Sweet Tooth. Honourable mention goes to Marshall's closer, Bad Seed. I won't give away what these are all about, as you'll figure them out as you watch.

The biggest dud is McKee's Ding Dong. Left me totally cold, which is a shame given the man's genre cred.

This is a fun Halloween watch, and one I'd check out every year for sure. But don't go in expecting Trick r Treat levels of great.

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