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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
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
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
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
I wish I could have stopped the film — numerous times — simply to give myself a chance to step back from an emotional precipice of horror and tension. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I knew Room was going to be bad. I mean bad as an experience. Tough going. It is, after all, the story of a woman who has been held prisoner for years in a single small room with her young son, who is himself the product of repeated rapes by her captor. I mean, you know: Oh, gentlemen! Did you triumph over a mountain or a tightrope? This little girl survived a lot more than that, with no weapons and no training. Sure, this particular story is fictional, but it’s not fantasy. The novel »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the longest running horror film festival in the United States, now in its 15th year. The festival has been responsible for premiering many now classic horror films such as Paranormal Activity and Feast, both of which are having anniversary screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, Screamfest will be screening the premiere of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
The 2015 festival will run from October 13th through the 22nd in Hollywood, California at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.
Screamfest has an amazing star-studded lineup this year, and if you live in Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to check out a movie or two, or three or four or all of them. Many of the screenings include discussions with filmmakers such as John and Clu Gulager, James Franco, and more. You can check out the programming and purchase tickets at the festival website Screamfest. »
To celebrate the October 16th release of the horror anthology Tales of Halloween, Daily Dead spoke to the filmmakers behind the movie to discuss the project, their individual contributions and more.
Lucky McKee is a completely singular filmmaker. From The Woods to The Woman, May to All Cheerleaders Die, he has worked through similar, often feminist, themes but never made the same movie twice. His segment in Tales of Halloween, a beautiful dark fairy tale called “Ding Dong,” represents yet another change of pace for the director.
How did you come to be involved with the movie? If I’m not mistaken, you’re the only filmmaker who’s not based in L.A. and who flew into town to shoot a segment.
- Patrick Bromley
Many horror fans are looking forward to seeing what tricks and treats will be in store when Tales of Halloween hits select theaters and VOD on October 16th, and to help hold viewers over, Epic Pictures Group has unveiled a new poster for the festive anthology.
A suburban American town is terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night.
Directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace).
Cast includes Rocky Horror Picture »
- Derek Anderson
*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by an anonymous source. Directors/writers: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet and Clint Sears. Tales of Halloween is an upcoming horror film anthology. Developed by Axelle Carolyn, this anthology offers ten tales of terror, from directors such as Lucky McKee (The Woman) and Ryan Schfrin. Each short tale creates either a creepy or comedic vibe. The best shorts, including "The Ransom of Rusy Rex," combine both of these tones. This viewer also enjoyed Lucky McKee's "Ding Dong," which is influenced by folk tales of old. Almost all of the tales are top notch. And, this film fan enjoyed the comedic ones the most. This is a film not to be missed by horror fans. There are simply too many tales to cover. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Horror director Lucky McKee unfortunately remains one of those unknown, peripheral genre names, mostly thanks to a number of compromised or abandoned projects following his formidable 2002 debut, May. Over the past several years, he’s made headlines for 2011’s The Woman (another underrated gem from his filmography), and most recently the co-directed effort All Cheerleaders Die in 2013, an expansion of his 2001 short film, which is more or less the comically inclined romp you’d assume it to be. Prizing complex female characterizations, usually featuring muse Angela Bettis, McKee’s twisted visions, though few and far between, are enjoyable and entertaining, usually enhanced by a bit of subtext. About a decade ago, McKee’s sophomore feature, The Woods, would finally land on DVD in the Us following a limited festival circuit run, treated to a torturous release platform despite featuring several notable cast members. A period piece set amongst an all-girls »
- Nicholas Bell
Put down your buckets of pig's blood kids, it will not end well for you. In this round-up, we have a Q&A with Emily Lopez from Carrie the Musical which opens on October 8th. Also: more details from Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn season 2, and Shawn Scott's novel Apocalypse Swordsman.
Carrie the Musical Q&A: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – August 19, 2015) Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that Carrie The Musical will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theater, the first theatrical musical at that venue.
Tickets are available beginning Monday, August 24th at www.ExperienceCarrie.com. Carrie The Musical begins previews on October 1, 2015, and officially opens on October 8, 2015. Performances are on sale through November 22.
Directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Lee Martino, this immersive staging of Carrie takes the legendary musical off the stage and »
- Tamika Jones
Magnolia Pictures recently released the very intense home invasion thriller The Blood Lands onto DVD/Bluray (now available), and it’s definitely a film that makes you think that you know what kind of film it is, before throwing quite a few curve balls. Revolving around a young British couple who buy a new home in Scotland, and are stalked and preyed upon by masked intruders, the film is not only a home invasion film, but also steers into some interesting statements on the social history and feud between England and Scotland.
We spoke to the film’s star, Pollyanna McIntosh, who is always absolutely wonderful in everything she does (The Woman and Let Us Prey are both phenomenal genre films that add something new to the mix), about the film and what leads her to take on such intense roles. Read on!
The Blood Lands was such an interesting and intense ride, »
- Jerry Smith
Tales of Halloween, 2015
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Here’s the simple truth as to why Tales of Halloween is a fabulous and utterly brilliant film: it has no pretensions about what it’s trying to be. They’re not trying to be outrageous, controversial or subversive, this is a film where a group of producers teamed up with directors they liked who in turn worked with actors they liked to make ten incredibly fun shorts based on All Hallow’s Eve – and it has paid off by the bucket load.
A problem that all anthology movies »
- Luke Owen
Read More: Hamptons International Film Festival Announces New Signature Programs The Helios Film Festival and TentSquare have announced the launch of a "Female Filmmaker Challenge" as part of the film festival’s inaugural edition this October. The film festival, which opened its submission entries last month, will take place in Cincinnati from October 9-11 and will celebrate independent filmmaking by shining a light on local film production. The "Female Filmmaker Challenge" will be open to female writers, directors, cinematographers and producers to submit a short film up to 15 minutes. The winner of the website's contest will receive $500, 2 VIP filmmaker badges and a spot on a "Women in Film" panel that will take place during the film festival. Choosing the winner of the contest will be actress/filmmaker Pollyanna McIntosh ("Let Us Prey," "The Woman"), producer Kerry Fulton ("Justin and the Knights of »
- Sara Itkis
One month from now, Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival will take over the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois and they've announced killer lineup that includes Tales of Halloween, a screening of Fright Night with a Q&A from Tom Holland, and Eli Roth introducing Cannibal Holocaust:
"Chicago, July 22, 2015 – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), promises thrills, chills, guests and surprises to Chicago’s legions of horror fans. The four-day event, programmed by The Awesome Fest, will coincide with Wizard World Chicago and offers convention-goers and ticket holders a chance to sit back, relax, and lose their minds.
“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” remarks Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”
“With this program we »
- Jonathan James
Last week at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead hit up the panel for the highly anticipated Tales of Halloween anthology film to hear more about the film from several directors, actors, and producers Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, who filled us in on just what we can expect once the film hit theaters on October 16th.
Check out the video highlights from the entertaining Tales of Halloween panel, featuring the likes of Lin Shaye, Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez, Barry Bostwick, John Savage, Kristina Klebe, Booboo Stewart, Alex Essoe, Pollyanna McIntosh, and more. Be sure to look for more on the film as we get closer to release.
A suburban American town is terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night.
- Heather Wixson
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We've been talking about the upcoming Tales of Halloween anthology film for some time. The project, created by UK directress Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), features a line-up of ten huge names in horror including the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) Lucky McKee (The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace).
The first trailer has dropped and it's f [Continued ...] »
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