The Horror Honeys: Ten Chilling Tales, One Terrifying Night...

Ten Chilling Tales, One Terrifying Night...

A Supernatural Honey New Release Review by Suzanne

Tales of Halloween (2015)

October is an exciting time for horror hounds. The weather chills, foliage turns beautiful shades of yellow and orange, and the anticipation of Halloween finally reaches its peak. In recent years, we’ve been lucky with the October horror releases: there have been a substantial number of fantastic independent films to fill our blood loving bellies and this year is starting out with a bang. 

Tales of Halloween is a 10 part anthology from the mind of Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate, The Halloween Kid) and delivers a bevy of tricks and treats. It hits all the appropriate notes of gore, humor, drama, and, considering the number of different writers and directors involved, a pretty consistent style that blends the stories together in lieu of a secure wraparound story. 

The movie begins with a radio broadcast. Your DJ is none other than Adrienne Barbeau, a delightful homage to The Fog and the first of many nods to iconic horror films. This may have been more effective if there had been a voice over between each entry, but with 10 different stories it simply isn’t possible without making this film too long. 

Sweet Tooth (Director: Dave Parker) - Babysitting and urban legends go together like peanut butter and chocolate. A babysitter and her boyfriend try to scare the pants off their young charge by telling him the tale of Sweet Tooth. If you don’t leave some of your candy out for him, he’ll retrieve what you’ve already eaten. This was one of my favorite stories and I also got a kick out of Greg Grunberg and Clare Kramer reprising their Big Ass Spider characters.

The Night Billy Raised Hell (Director: Darren Lynn Bousman) When a young boy is taunted into egging a neighbor’s house, he is shown the true meaning of trick. It’s funny and dark with a delicious twist ending.

Trick (Director: Adam Gierasch) Two seemingly normal couples are suddenly the victims of some violent kids, but the violence turns out to be justified. This is one of the gorier entries, but unfortunately suffers from a weak story.

Grim Grinning Ghost (Director: Axelle Carolyn) Another take on an urban legend. After being scared with a ‘Bloody Mary’ type story, a young woman (Alex Essoe) walks home alone, fearing the ghost is following her. Effective atmosphere, but Essoe is underused. Cameos by Lin Shaye, Barbara Crampton, Mick Garris and Stuart Gordon.

Ding Dong (Director: Lucky McKee) Pollyanna McIntosh is a witch, unhappy with her inability to have a child of her own, so she looks for a suitable trick or treater to fill that void in this very loose Hansel and Gretel adaptation. Not my least favorite, but it was typical Lucky McKee fare. 

The Weak and the Wicked (Director: Paul Solet) A story of supernatural revenge in the hood, starring Keir Gilchrist, it felt out of place with the other suburban tales. This was a big stinker for me.

This Means War (Directors: John Skipp & Andrew Kasch) Two neighbors, from very different worlds, duel over their Halloween lawn displays. It’s not particularly compelling, but it’s very entertaining.

Friday the 31st (Director: Mike Mendez) This entry took me a minute to get into as it seemed wholly unoriginal from the jump, but I forgot whose story I was watching. It starts as a typical F13 ripoff, with a sexy victim and a Jason-esque killer, but then aliens get in on the action and it takes a awesome turn. Cameos include Mrs. Voorhees’ head and the Book of the Dead. This is in my top three.

Ransom of Rusty Rex (Director: Ryan Schifrin) When two bumbling kidnappers take a wealthy man’s son for ransom, it turns out the trick is on them and little Rusty isn’t what he seemed. Starring John Landis and the late Ben Woolf, this was a horror comedy winner.

Bad Seed (Director: Neil Marshall) A killer pumpkin terrorizes the neighborhood in the final installment, which is, without a doubt, my favorite. The story, while admittedly silly, is handled with Marshall’s expert direction and a great cast of genre favorites like Kristina Klebe, Pat Healy and Cerina Vincent, to name a few. My only criticism is that it was too short!

I’m a sucker for an anthology and while, overall, I enjoyed Tales of Halloween, my biggest issue is the use of too many stories. Anthologies generally have four or five vignettes with a narrative to tie them all together. The tie here is simply Halloween and although it becomes apparent most of the tales take place in the same town, it can feel a bit disjointed. From a creative standpoint, I applaud Axelle Carolyn’s vision and her selection of directors. This was a huge undertaking and a very successful one. 

Supernatural Honey Rating: 4 deadly tricks out of 5

Tales of Halloween will be released on October 16, 2015!

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