Posts Tagged ‘Horror Anthology’

1031I just wanted to wish everyone a very safe and happy Halloween and to help us celebrate I believe I found the perfect film. Every now and again, I like to check out Indiegogo projects because sometimes you’ll never know what you’ll find. While I was searching, I came across a horror film called 10/31 that was being listed as an Anthology film which I definitely love. The festivities are hosted by the beautiful Malvolia: the Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle) as she presents five stories with the first one being The Old Hag which is about an old woman (Jedediah Giacchino) who haunts a B&B. In Trespassers, all Stephanie (Sable Griedel) wanted was a good scare, but when she messes with a scarecrow she gets more than she bargained for. Killing The Dance finds a girl fighting for her life in a roller skating rink that is being attacked by a killer. The Halloween Blizzard of ’91 finds a family trapped in a battle between Halloween and Christmas during a blizzard. In The Samhain Slasher, a town is not safe on Halloween night with the Samhain killer (Ryan Heumier) on the loose. The film also stars Greg Fallon (Close Calls) as Peter, Bailey Ingersoll (Max Steele) as Ashley, Katie Walgrave (Death Rot) as Katie, and the film was directed by Brett DeJager (Bonejangles), Rocky Gray (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Cryptids), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapter Horror), Hunter Johnson (2 Jennifer), and Justin M. Seaman (The Barn).

1031-3My favorite segment out of all the stories in this film was the Killing The Dance which was just solid work from beginning to end. It was a synth pop dipped masterpiece that was just mesmerizing from the minute it started to the big reveal. It was also the segment that featured the best acting out of all the stories. In second place for me would definitely be The Old Hag story which featured some solid writing and good execution. In third place and actually very close to being second was Trespassers which I thought started a little slow, but it finished well and I loved the look of the Scarecrow. The last two I actually wasn’t a huge fan of, but The Samhain Slasher was definitely the better of the two and it featured the best music of the film. I just didn’t understand the nightmare aspect of it. The Halloween Blizzard of 91 was just all over the place and it couldn’t keep my attention at all and the acting left much to be desired except for those creepy kids in masks. They actually did a pretty good job.  Overall, the film was a lot of fun to check out, the cinematography was great, the costumes were amazing, and the sets were awesome as well. If it came down to it, I would definitely lend my support if they decided to make a second 10/31 film. So, if you get a chance to check this out, I suggest you do so and you support indy filmmakers. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

tales from the hood 2In 1995, one of the most brilliant anthology horror films of that year came out in Tales From The Hood which was Executive produced by Spike Lee and featured writing from Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. Now 23 years later, the trio is back at again with the sequel, but unfortunately no Clarence Williams III in Tales From The Hood 2. Keith David (They Live) assumes the role of master story teller and gatekeeper to hell Mr. Simms. This time around Mr. Simms travels to a location to check out security guru Dumass Beach (Bill Martin Williams) to see his new invention in robot cops. Dumass needs Mr. Simms to tell it some stories so that it learns and is able to adapt so he tells the tale of the Good Golly, The Medium, Date Night, and The Sacrifice. The film also stars Kedrick Brown (The Night Before) as Booze, Alicia Davis Johnson (Golden Boy) as Pollyannas, Creighton Thomas (Fatal Attraction) as Cliff, Bryan Batt (Scream: The TV Series) as John Lloyd, Jillian Batherson (I Saw The Light) as Emily Bradley, Kendrick Cross (My First Love) as Henry Bradley, Cat Limket (Ballers) as Liz, Alexandria Ponce as Carmen, Alexandria DeBerry (Lazer Team) as Audrey, Jasmine Akakpo (Our Dream Christmas) as Zoe, and Cotton Yancey (Blood Country) as William Cotton.

Tales-from-the-Hood-2-StillOne thing I wanted to talk about is that Clarence Williams III was what made the original Tales From The Hood so magical and come alive. By the end of the film, you truly believed that he was Satan, but I am not taking anything away from Keith David. I say that because I think that Keith David was the right man for the job as he delivered a good performance. I loved the fact that he emphasized certain words as Clarence did in the first, but he almost made it his own. Now as far as the film is concerned, the only two stories that I liked was The Medium tale and Date Night  because it wasn’t as politically charged as the other ones were. I understand why they chose to write the film this way as horror was always influenced by what was going on in society at the time, but I just wanted to watch an anthology film. I did like the Golly tale because it went a bit on the absurd side and it featured a certain doll from the first film in it as well. You’ll have to watch it to know what I mean by absurd side. I truly believed that The Sacrifice should have been it’s  own film because it gave us a what if situation that would have been cool to explore like a Twilight Zone episode too. Overall, it’s not a bad film and on the scary meter, it’s real low. So with that being said, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade.