Tales of Halloween is an excellent new selection of short films that are woven together, telling ten stories of Halloween night in the same American suburb. From 11 different directors including Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II), Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) and Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die), these tales range from urban myths to extraterrestrials and killer pumpkins to vengeful demons. A fabulous female DJ links one story to the next, talking about the ghouls that come out amongst all the other things that go bump in the night.
There really isn’t one poor film in the entire anthology, which makes this collection so refreshing because there is an incredible high quality of storytelling and directing. But if push comes to shove, four of the stand out titles include:
Trick, a dark story about a group of adults who are brutally murdered by some child trick and treaters with a horrific twist. Ding Dong, which stars the always amazing Pollyanna McIntosh as a sad and lonely woman who really wants a child and when her inner urges come out, a demonic witch comes with them and she will do anything to get her child. Friday the 31st is a hilarious story of a psychopathic murderer who finds himself on the other end of a killer when a cute alien lands on earth. And Bad Seed, where a spate of violent murders across the town all lead back to one culprit – a killer pumpkin.
Other famous faces appear throughout the films including Heroes Greg Grunberg, James Duval, scream queen Barbara Crampton and resident Insidious star Lin Shaye.
It’s no surprise with the calibre of talent involved with this collection that Tales of Halloween is thrilling, creepy, filled with tension and so much fun!