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The best of the bunch in this anthology of vaguely interconnected shorts are the outrageous and uproarious genre pastiches “Friday the 31st” and “Bad Seed.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not impressed by most movies labeled “horror”
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Most horror movies don’t usually do much for me — I tend not to find gore frightening — and the ones that are supposed to be funny typically do even less: I tend not to find gore funny, either. But the little packages of horror and horror comedy that make up the new anthology Tales of Halloween offer among them a few gems that made me laugh out loud or shiver with their creepy atmosphere.
The ten stories here are vaguely interconnected: they’re meant to be occurring in the same Los Angeles neighborhood on the same Halloween night, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As the nights draw in and everybody goes looking for something spooky, the traditional anthology film of creepy tales comes to the rescue. This year, pride of place goes to Tales Of Halloween, and we were delighted to have the chance to catch up with one of its biggest stars, Pollyanna McIntosh, who re-teams with The Woman director Lucky McKee for the film’s strongest segment, Ding Dong.
“I’ve been really excited about how well received it’s been,” says Pollyanna. “I find horror such a fun genre to work in and the fans are really into it and they loved all the references we made. I love Ding Dong because I got to play such a strong character and it’s lot of fun but it’s also really dark and moving. It was also very physical and funny – that’s Lucky’s style. »
- Jennie Kermode
Though Lin Shaye has been appearing on screen since the mid 1970s, her career peaked nearly 40 years after that thanks to her role as psychic medium Elise Rainier in James Wan and Leigh Whannell's hugely-successful "Insidious" films. Currently, the actress is out promoting the new horror anthology "Tales of Halloween," which features segments directed by such genre luminaries as Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee and Darren Lynn Bousman. Below you can check out all the highlights from my recent conversation with the actress, including why she'd much rather cozy up with a good comedy than a horror film, how it feels to reach peak career success later in life and how flipping off a casting director got her a job in Wes Craven's 1985 "Twilight Zone" segment "Chameleon." "Tales of Halloween" is now in theaters and on VOD. 1. In her own free time, she's much more likely to seek out »
- Chris Eggertsen
Horror omnibuses are frequently a mixed bag. Sometimes they’re not even a bag of tricks, let alone treats, but more like a box of inedible rocks. That, unfortunately, is pretty much the story with “Tales of Halloween,” a collection of 10 macabre miniatures that are disposably diverting at best and execrable at worst, despite the participation of some familiar genre faces and directors. Opened on 12 screens around the country Oct. 16, simultaneous with a VOD/iTunes release, the pic will no doubt make a more lasting impact as junk food for buffs in home formats.
Thinly connected by audio input from Adrienne Barbeau as a sexy-voiced radio DJ, the tales here all take place on All Hallow’s Eve, presumably in the same town. Many unimaginatively revolve around a folk tale that turns out to be horribly true, as the characters discover to their mortal peril. In “Sweet Tooth,” it’s »
- Dennis Harvey
Tales of Halloween, 2015.
Starring Booboo Stewart, Ben Woolf, Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Adriennne Barbeau, Lisa Marie, Barbara Crampton, Adam Green, John Landis, Robert Rusler, Caroline Williams, Noah Segan, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, Mick Garris, Pollyanna McIntosh.
A host of familiar genre faces and directors come together to tell ten tales of terror in this Halloween anthology.
You can forget Halloween being a time when a new Saw movie – or any random gore movie for that matter – would hit the cinema just to keep in the spirit of things for a day or two around All Hallows Eve, because ever since Trick ‘r Treat came along a few years back and defined what a festive Halloween movie should be by creating the macabre autumnal feel that Halloween evokes, »
- Gary Collinson
Running Time: 97 minutes
Tales of Halloween is a horror anthology which sees several up-and-coming horror directors, as well as some already established, take turns in trying the scare the viewer.
Set in a small Us town, we move from house to house witnessing all manner of strange going-ons. The best thing about Tales of Halloween is that there is something for absolutely everyone. The stories feature witches, ghosts, demons, the devil, goblins, serial killers and even alien abductions.
Events start on a high with Sweet Tooth (who will surely become the next urban legend a la Candy man). Its a »
- Kat Hughes
A good comedy can make people laugh until it hurts and a great drama can reduce an audience to tears, but nothing affects movies goers as profoundly as a terrifying horror story. The experience of watching a horror movie taps into the viewer’s most primal instincts, causing physical reactions like trembling, screaming and leaping out of one’s seat. Everyone has experienced at least one film that left them leering at dark corners and afraid to go to sleep. Horror stories and the anthology format are the perfect match. Anthologies allow for several features over the course of a single film, and each one can frighten, »
- Victor Stiff
With a cast that includes Barry Bostwick, Cerina Vincent, Adrienne Barbeau and John Landis, Tales of Halloween is a welcome addition to a genre that is the mainstay of the low budget artist. With a bunch of horror tales woven together in a manner that recalls the iconic Creepshow, this movie works because the people behind it are "horror people." They understand what an anthology series needs to have. With halloween around the corner, Tales of Halloween is truly a movie of, for and about its time.
There hasn't been a movie like Tales of Halloween in a long while. This probably explains why it feels so fresh, even though horror films are well worn in the anthology realm. Set in suburban neighborhoods that make Tales of Halloween imminently relatable, this starts off by instantly letting you know it knows what it is doing. In fact, from the moment the title sequence unspools, »
Special Mention: Misery
Directed by Rob Reiner
Screenplay by William Goldman
Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, Misery remains one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date. Director Rob Reiner is clearly more interested in the dark humour and humanity than the gory detail in King’s novel, but make no mistake about it, Misery is a tough watch soaked in sharp dialogue, a brooding atmosphere, and disturbing bodily harm inflicted on James Caan by sweet old Kathy Bates. I can still feel his pain.
129. Black Sabbath (Three Faces of Fear)
Italy 1960 / Italy 1963
Genre: Horror Anthology
- Ricky Fernandes
Title: Tales of Halloween Epic Pictures Directors: David Parker, Darren Lynn Bousman, Adam Gierasch, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Paul Solet, John Skipp & Andrew Kasch (co-directing), Mike Mendez, Ryan Schifrin, Neil Marshall Writers: David Parker, Clint Sears, Greg Commons, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Molly Millions, John Skipp, Andrew Kasch, Mike Mendez, Ryan Schifrin, Neil Marshall Cast: Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose [ Read More ]
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Some of the many stars include Pat Healy, Alex Essoe, Booboo Stewart, Keir Gilchrist, Noah Segan , Pollyannna McIntosh, James Duval, Kristina Klebe, Marc Senter, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Grace Phipps, Sam Witwer , and Graham Skipper.
On Tuesday October 13, 2015 the fifteenth annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival opened with Tales of Halloween, and Screamfest could not have chosen a more fun horror film to launch the festival. If your childhood was anything like mine, then watching Tales of Halloween will be like taking a trip back to the Halloweens of your childhood, when all »
ScreamFest La is now in full swing, and I could not be more ready for a week+ of horror movies from some of the best up-and-coming horror producers/directors in the world! I attended opening night on Tuesday and was treated to Epic Pictures & The October Society’s horror anthology Tales Of Halloween. The film included ten short terrifying—and sometimes hilarious—films from the likes of Adam Gierasch (Fertile Ground, Night Of The Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Axelle Carolyn (Centurion, Soulmate), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2-4), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), John Skipp (Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Lucky Mckee (The Woman), Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers), Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), Paul Solet (Grace), and Ryan Schifrin (Abominable).
There are quite a few horror movies reaching the silver screen this weekend, but Tales Of Halloween is the perfect film for the season. »
- Caroline Stephenson
Tales of Halloween, 2015.
An anthology of ten creepy tales set around Halloween night, featuring the likes of candy-munching demons, mischievous imps and a killer pumpkin.
Horror anthologies are back with a bang, led by the twin franchises of V/H/S and The ABCs of Death. The latest compendium of creeptastic shorts to hit the UK is Tales of Halloween, which features ten horror tales set on Halloween night, from a host of different directors, including Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-iv). With dark comedy and gore by the bucketload, this is the sort of film that will immediately become a cult favourite in the world of Halloween movies.
The framing device is a suitably slimline one, taking the »
- Tom Beasley
Horror anthologies have made a pretty healthy comeback in the last few years; some are ok, some are regrettable, and some have awesome production values as well as good stories, such as Tales Of Halloween, which sold out its world premiere screening at Fantasia last July. Created by director Axelle Carolyn, Tales features 11 directors helming 10 tales of bad behavior, wickedness, madness, and spooky fun, with an animated opening sequence by Ashley Thorpe. Made under the umbrella collective of "The October Society," this film showcases the talents of horror directors Carolyn, Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, John Skipp, Andrew Kasch, Lucky McKee, Adam Gierasch, Dave Parker, Mike Mendez, Ryan Schifrin, and Paul Solet. Adrienne Barbeau pretty much reprises her The Fog DJ character in a sense, her...
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Axelle Carolyn was a horror fanatic long before she was a horror filmmaker, beginning her career as a journalist for Fangoria magazine before directing a number of horror shorts and picking up small roles in films including two of husband Neil Marshall's films: 2008 post-apocalyptic actioner "Doomsday" and the historical war film "Centurion" starring Michael Fassbender. In 2013, she made her feature directorial debut with the supernatural horror film "Soulmate," which premiered at that year's Sitges Film Festival. No doubt Carolyn's biggest effort to date is the upcoming horror anthology "Tales of Halloween," for which she rounded up a number of fellow filmmakers including Lucky McKee ("May, "The Woman"), Darren Lynn Bousman ("Saw II-IV") and Marshall -- who directs the film's final segment "The Bad Seed" -- for ten tales of All Hallows Eve-themed terror. Not only did she create and produce the film, Carolyn also directed one of the segments -- "Grim Grinning Ghost, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The film is a horror anthology featuring original music by Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring), Michael Sean Colin (Killjoy Goes To Hell), Christopher Drake (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns video games), Christian Henson (The Devil’S Double), Bobby Johnston (Wristcutters: A Love Story), Jimmy Psycho (The Jimmy Psycho Experiment), Sean Spillane (Jug Face), Edwin Wendler (Unnatural), and Austin Wintory (Dark Summer).
“This film is our love letter to the holiday of Halloween. And to have a main title from the man that wrote the Academy Award nominated score for The Amityville Horror is setting the bar even higher,” said Ryan. “What makes Tales Of Halloween really special is that you have one »
- Michelle McCue
In 2006, Alan Jones of Total Film coined the term "Splat Pack" to identify a group of young directors who were making waves at the box office with a crop of ultra-violent, hard-r horror films like "Hostel" (Eli Roth), "High Tension" (Alexandre Aja) and "Saw" (James Wan). Included in that group was Neil Marshall, who made his feature directorial debut with 2002's well-received werewolf horror-comedy "Dog Soldiers" and hit a high point with 2005's "The Descent," a harrowingly bleak, blood-drenched creature feature about a group of spelunkers being terrorized by pale-skinned humanoid cave dwellers. Though Marshall has dipped in and out of horror in the years since -- his recent credits include the 2010 historical actioner "Centurion" and two episodes of HBO's "Game of Thrones" -- he remains most closely associated with the genre that made him a star. Now he's making a return to form with "Tales of Halloween," a new ten-part anthology film created, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Getting into the spirit of Halloween, over the next couple of weeks, I'll publish items that will hopefully inspire some related conversation (films to watch, existing shorts, surveys, and more)... starting with today's post... First, watch the below video (you don't have to watch the entire thing; I think you'll get the gist of it within a matter of a few minutes), and then continue reading afterward. The above took place after a screening of horror film director Lucky McKee's 2011 film "The Woman," at the Sundance Film Festival that year, where it premiered. Clearly, the man was upset with what he saw of the film, and maybe rightfully so. I wasn't »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Tales Of Halloween is the latest contender to challenge Trick ‘r Treat‘s beloved status as “Numero Uno Halloween Horror Anthology,” and it’s an admirable effort at that. Opting for ten shorter stories from eleven different filmmakers, Tales Of Halloween plays like an old-fashioned radio show that would have been aired on October 31st for those souls who dare not adventure outside. This means each short only runs about ten minutes, calling back to The ABCs Of Death’s more challenging, rapid-fire structure. There are clear winners among these haunted efforts, but the likes of Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez, Lucky McKee, and other indie favorites ensure that their “October Society” rings in Halloween with ample thrills, gore, and good-natured laughs.
The shorts all share a connective bond, as you’ll see certain characters wandering around numerous entries, along with a host of famous faces who bring their cameo stamp-of-approval. »
- Matt Donato
Stars: Greg Grunberg, Lin Shayne, Sam Witwer, Barbara Crampton, Pollyanna McIntosh, Clare Kramer, John Landis | Directed by Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Axelle Carolyn, Darren Lynn Bousman, Dave Parker, John Skipp, Lucky Mckee, Mike Mendez, Neil Marshall, Paul Solet, Ryan Schifrin
For many horror fans October is like Christmas come early, a chance to celebrate the macabre and scary. Many also have their favourite films that they watch every year without fail, and this year they have a new one: Tales of Halloween.
Even before watching Tales of Halloween, all you need to do is to look at the cast, directors and writers to see that this is special. Bringing together some of the more renown names of the genre, in one film, makes this movie something we’ve not seen in the genre in a while… an event movie!
- Paul Metcalf
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