IMDb > Tales of Halloween (2015)
Tales of Halloween
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Tales of Halloween (2015) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 12 | slideshow) Videos
Tales of Halloween -- Trailer for Tales of Halloween


User Rating:
5.4/10   7,102 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Axelle Carolyn (created by)
Dave Parker (written by) (segment)
View company contact information for Tales of Halloween on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
16 October 2015 (USA) See more »
One night. One town. Ten chilling stories. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Like a standard Halloween candy haul. See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order)

Adrienne Barbeau ... The Radio DJ (voice)

Hunter Smit ... Sweet Tooth (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Cameron Easton ... Timothy Blake (segment "Sweet Tooth")

Caroline Williams ... Mrs. Blake (segment "Sweet Tooth")

Robert Rusler ... Mr. Blake (segment "Sweet Tooth")

Clare Kramer ... Lt. Brandt-Mathis (segment "Sweet Tooth")

Greg Grunberg ... Alex Mathis (segment "Sweet Tooth")

Daniel DiMaggio ... Mikey (segments "Sweet Tooth" & "Ding Dong")

Austin Falk ... Kyle (segment "Sweet Tooth")

Madison Iseman ... Lizzy (segment "Sweet Tooth")

Barry Bostwick ... Mr. Abbadon (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

Marcus Eckert ... Billy (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

Christophe Zajac-Denek ... Mordecai / The Little Devil (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

Ben Stillwell ... Todd (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

Natalie Castillo ... Britney (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

Adam Pascal ... The Dentist (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

Adrianne Curry ... Adrianne Curry (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Rafael Jordan ... Alien (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

John F. Beach ... James (segment "Trick")

Tiffany Shepis ... Maria (segment "Trick")

Casey Ruggieri ... Catylin (segment "Trick")

Trent Haaga ... Nelson (segment "Trick")
Marnie McKendry ... Princess (segment "Trick")

Rebekah McKendry ... Mother (segment "Trick")
Mia Page ... Girl-Witch / Witch Child (segment "Trick" & "Ding Dong")
Clayton Keller ... Alien (segment "Trick")

Kennedy Fuselier ... "Gypsy" AKA "Cinderella" (segment "Trick")
Sage Stewart ... Devil Girl (segments "Trick" & "Ding Dong")

Alex Essoe ... Lynn (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Lin Shaye ... Lynn's Mother (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Liesel Hanson ... Mary Bailey (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Barbara Crampton ... The Witch (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Lisa Marie ... The Victorian Widow (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Mick Garris ... The Phantom (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Stuart Gordon ... Sherlock Holmes (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")
Anubis ... Baby (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Marc Senter ... Jack (segment "Ding Dong")

Pollyanna McIntosh ... Bobbie (segment "Ding Dong")
Lilly Von Woodenshoe ... Gretel (segment "Ding Dong")
Vanessa Menendez ... Lone Child's Mother (segment "Ding Dong")

Lucas Armendariz ... Lone Child (segment "Ding Dong")

Ben Woolf ... Rusty Rex (segments "Ding Dong" & "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")

Mo Meinhart ... Witch / Bobbie's Hand / Arm Double (segment "Ding Dong") (as Mo Meinhardt)
Hart Keathley ... Child Astronaut (segment "Ding Dong")
Gavin Keathley ... Child Jake Gyllenhal (segment "Ding Dong")

Felissa Rose ... Parent (segment "Ding Dong")

Keir Gilchrist ... The Stranger (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Grace Phipps ... Alice (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Booboo Stewart ... Isaac (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Noah Segan ... Bart (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Jack Dylan Grazer ... Young Stranger (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Katie Silverman ... Young Alice (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")
Matt Merchant ... The Demon (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Dana Gould ... Boris (segment "This Means War")

James Duval ... Dante (segment "This Means War")

Elissa Dowling ... Velma (segment "This Means War")
Graham Denman ... Ziggy (segment "This Means War")

Thomas Blake Jr. ... Axl (segment "This Means War") (as Thomas Blake)

Sean Clark ... Tytan (segment "This Means War")

Buz Wallick ... Danzy (segment "This Means War")

Joshua Lou Friedman ... Butch (segment "This Means War")

Jennifer Wenger ... Vicki / Possessed Dorothy (segments "This Means War" & "Friday the 31st")
Michael Monterastelli ... Goober (segment "This Means War") (as Michael Monterestelli)

Graham Skipper ... Cop / Hellman (segments "This Means War" & "Bad Seed")

Adam Green ... Cop / Carlo (segments "This Means War" & "Bad Seed")

Lombardo Boyar ... Gambling Neighbor (segment "This Means War")
Cody Goodfellow ... Drunken Neighbor (segment "This Means War")
Frank Blocker ... Judge Mustache (segment "This Means War")

Andy Merrill ... Neighbor (segment "This Means War")

Frank Dietz ... Neighbor (segment "This Means War")

Noel Jason Scott ... Nosferatu (segment "This Means War")

Shaked Berenson ... Detective, Mexican Wrestler (segment "This Means War")
Amanda Moyer ... Dorothy (segment "Friday the 31st")

Nick Principe ... Killer (segment "Friday the 31st")

John Landis ... Jebediah Rex (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")

Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Dutch (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")

Sam Witwer ... Hank (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex')

Kristina Klebe ... Detective McNally (segment "Bad Seed")

Pat Healy ... Forensic Bob (segment "Bad Seed")

Greg McLean ... Ray Bishop (segment "Bad Seed")

Cerina Vincent ... Ellen Bishop (segment "Bad Seed")

John Savage ... Capt. J.G. Zimmerman (segment "Bad Seed")

Dana Renee Ashmore ... Coroner #1 (segment "Bad Seed")
Dylan Struzan ... Coroner #2 (segment "Bad Seed")
Drew Struzan ... Rembrandt (segment "Bad Seed")

Aidan Gail ... Kevin (segment "Bad Seed")

Nicole Laino ... Cheryl (segment "Bad Seed")

Monette Moio ... Cheerleader Girl (segment "Bad Seed")

Noah Nevins ... Cheerleader Boyfriend (segment "Bad Seed")

Joe Dante ... Prof. Milo Gottleib (segment "Bad Seed")

Alexandra Fritz ... Pirate (segment "Bad Seed")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Heather Ashley Chase ... Dectective Gemma

Rick Galiher ... R.I.P. The Undertaker
Paula Haifley ... Little Red Riding Hood (segment "This Means War")

Boriana Williams ... Actress

A.J. Meyers ... Young Bart (segment "The Weak and the Wicked") (uncredited)

Directed by
Darren Lynn Bousman (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Axelle Carolyn (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")
Adam Gierasch (segment "Trick")
Andrew Kasch (segment "This Means War")
Neil Marshall (segment "Bad Seed")
Lucky McKee (segment "Ding Dong")
Mike Mendez (segment "Friday the 31st")
Dave Parker (segment "Sweet Tooth") (as David Parker)
Ryan Schifrin (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
John Skipp (segment "This Means War")
Paul Solet (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")
Writing credits
Axelle Carolyn (created by)

Dave Parker (written by) (segment "Sweet Tooth") (as David Parker)

Clint Sears (written by) (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")

Greg Commons (written by) (segment "Trick")

Axelle Carolyn (written by) (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")

Lucky McKee (written by) (segment "Ding Dong")

Molly Millions (written by) (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Billy Jackson (creative consultant) (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

John Skipp (written by) (segment "This Means War") and
Andrew Kasch (written by) (segment "This Means War")

Mike Mendez (written by) (segment "Friday the 31st") &
Dave Parker (written by) (segment "Friday the 31st") (as David Parker)

Ryan Schifrin (written by) (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")

Neil Marshall (written by) (segment "Bad Seed")

Produced by
Jace Anderson .... associate producer
Jace Anderson .... producer (segment "Trick")
Michael Arter .... producer assistant (segment "The Weak and the Weaked")
Shaked Berenson .... executive producer
Shaked Berenson .... producer
Charles Arthur Berg .... line producer (as Charles Berg)
Axelle Carolyn .... producer
Tada Chae .... producer (segment "The Weak and the Weaked")
Patrick Ewald .... executive producer
Patrick Ewald .... producer
Sarah Gyldenvand .... associate producer
Mike Mendez .... producer
Vanessa Menendez .... producer (segment "Ding Dong") (as Vanessa McKee)
Mike De Trana .... producer: segment: Trick (uncredited)
Original Music by
Joseph Bishara (segments "Trick", "Friday the 31st")
Michael Sean Colin (segment "This Means War")
Christopher Drake (segments "Sweet Tooth", "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Christian Henson (segments "Grim Grinning Ghost", "Bad Seed")
Bobby Johnston (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Lalo Schifrin (main title composer)
Sean Spillane (segment "Ding Dong")
Edwin Wendler (segment "Friday the 31st")
Austin Wintory (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")
Cinematography by
Jan-Michael Losada (segments "Grim Grinning Ghost", "The Ransom of Rusty Rex", "This Means War")
Zoran Popovic (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")
David Tayar (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Alex Vendler (segment "Ding Dong")
Richard J. Vialet (segments "Friday The 31st", "Bad Seed") (as Richard Vialet)
Joseph White (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Scott Winig (segment "Trick")
Film Editing by
Matthew Barry (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Josh Ethier (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")
Andrew Kasch (segment "This Means War")
Mike Mendez (segment "Friday the 31st")
Vanessa Menendez (segment "Ding Dong") (as Vanessa McKee)
Eddie Oswald (segments "Grim Grinning Ghost", "Bad Seed")
Dave Parker (segment "Sweet Tooth") (as David Parker)
Zach Passero (segment "Ding Dong")
Brian J. Smith (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Sean Tretta (segment "Trick")
Casting by
Mark Sikes 
Production Design by
Krista Gall (segment "Ding Dong")
Sara Millán (segments "Trick", "The Weak and the Wicked", "Grim Grinning Ghost", "Bad Seed")
Anthony Pearce (segments "Sweet Tooth", "This Means War", "Friday the 31st", "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Jennifer Spence (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Art Direction by
Kyle Hester (segments "Sweet Tooth", "This Means War", "Friday the 31st", "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Set Decoration by
Sarah Asaly (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")
Andy Byers (segments "Trick", "Grim Grinning Ghost", "Bad Seed")
Melissa Hesson (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Pendo Nyinondi (segment "Trick")
Costume Design by
Rachel Apatoff (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")
Julia Chase (segments "Sweet Tooth", "The Night Billy Raised Hell", "Ding Dong")
Susan Doepner-Senac (segments "Trick", "Grim Grinning Ghost", "This Means War", "Friday the 31st", "Bad Seed")
Kea Könneker (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex") (as Kea Konneker)
Makeup Department
Keaghlan Ashley .... special makeup effects artist
Jason Collins .... Special Make up Effects Designer: Autonomous F/X, Inc. (segment: Bad Seed)
Matt Falletta .... special makeup effects artist: Segment "Sweet Tooth"
Melissa Garcia .... special makeup effects artist: Segment "Sweet Tooth"
Robert Giddens .... special makeup effects artist: Segment "Sweet Tooth"
Roy Knyrim .... assistant makeup artist
Roy Knyrim .... makeup designer and supervisor (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Trista Metz .... key makeup artist (segment This Means War)
Trista Metz .... key makeup effects artist (segment Ding Dong)
Trista Metz .... makeup artist (segment Friday the 31st)
Chelsea Orduno .... makeup artist
Erik Porn .... special makeup effects artist (segment "Friday the 31st")
Production Management
Charles Arthur Berg .... unit production manager (segments "The Night Billy Raised Hell", "Ding Dong", "Bad Seed") (as Charles Berg)
Gloria Bradbury .... assistant production coordinator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Diva .... second unit director (segment "Friday the 31st") (as Mike 'Diva' Dahlquist)
Jeffrey M. Ellis .... first assistant director (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell") (as Jeffrey Ellis)
Joshua Lou Friedman .... first assistant director (segments "Sweet Tooth", "Grim Grinning Ghost", "The Weak and the Wicked", "This Means War", "Friday the 31st")
Stephanie Fugleberg .... second assistant director (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Buzz Hughes .... second assistant director (segments "Sweet Tooth", "Grim Grinning Ghost", "This Means War", "Friday the 31st")
Damian C. King .... first assistant director (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Alex Levine .... second assistant director (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Rich Mallery .... first assistant director (segment "Trick")
John T. Melick .... second assistant director (segment "Bad Seed") (as Johnny Melick)
Trevor Munster .... second assistant director (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Gabriel Roth .... second unit director (segment "The Weak and the Wicked") (as Gabe Roth)
Jeff Shiffman .... first assistant director
Kelly Stevens .... second assistant director (segment "Ding Dong")
Jonathan Giles Zimmerman .... first assistant director (segments "Ding Dong", "Bad Seed") (as Jonathan Zimmerman)
Art Department
Sarah Asaly .... assistant art director
Caitlyn Brisbin .... set dresser
Drea Gamble .... art department co-ordinator
Christi Martin .... on set dresser/props: Four segments
Stephanie Mateja .... set dresser
Vanessa Menendez .... visual consultant (segment "Ding Dong") (as Vanessa McKee)
Chris Scharffenberg .... leadman: Ding Dong
Ken Perkins .... storyboard artist (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex") (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jonathan Bruce .... foley artist
Brian Dunlop .... adr: editor
Brian Dunlop .... dialogue editor
Ryan Gegenheimer .... sound effects editor
Daniel Guerra .... sound mixer
Sean Higgins .... re-recording mixer
Sean Higgins .... supervising sound editor
Kyle Lane .... adr mixer/sfx editor
Leah Putlek .... foley editor
Andrew Smetek .... re-recording mixer (segment "Ding Dong")
Andrew Smetek .... sound designer (segment "Ding Dong")
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor
Danny Webster .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Marcel Banks .... special effects makeup: "The Ransom of Rusty Rex"
Jerami Cruise .... special effects makeup
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator
Julia Hiroko Howe .... special effects technician
Ryan Ward .... special effects makeup: "the ransom of rusty rex"
Visual Effects by
Ateeq Ahmed .... animator: ice animations
Salman Alam .... animator: ice animations
Awan Ali .... animator: ice animations
Irfan Nizar Ali .... animator: ice animations
Mohammad Bilal .... visual effects supervisor: ice animations
Asif Hussain .... lighting artist: ice animations
Masood Hussain .... animator: ice animations
Saad Irfan .... concept artist: ice animations
Syed Abbas Hussain Jafri .... sequence supervisor: ice animations
Taimoor Jahangir .... compositing artist: ice animations
Muhammad Zubair Khan .... animator: ice animations
Asad Leghari .... lighting artist: ice animations
Adam Lima .... visual effects artist
Sajid Ali Mansoori .... animator: ice animations
Noman Mubarak .... animator: ice animations
Mohammad Ali Mushtaq .... rigger: ice animations
Kial Natale .... visual effects artist
Ali Raza .... rigger: ice animations
Ali Raza .... rigging td
Abdul Razzaq .... look dev artist: ice animations
Mike Ritchie .... visual effects supervisor
Syed Ali Akber Rizvi .... lighting/compositing artist: ice animations
Syed Ali Akber Rizvi .... sequence supervisor: ice animations
Wassay Sami .... modeler: ice animations
Muhammad Shaan .... compositing artist: ice animations
Mohammad Suqlain .... compositing artist: ice animations
Steve Hart .... utility stunts
Mark Munoz .... stunts
Shane Nelson .... stunt performer
Hunter Paris .... stunt double: John F. Beach
Jade Quon .... stunts
Cheryl Rusa .... stunts
Tony Snegoff .... stunt rigger
Fivel Stewart .... stunt double: Sage stewart
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Abernathy .... dolly grip
Don Abernathy .... grip
Don Abernathy .... lighting technician
Josh Andersen .... electrician
Andrew Choe .... electrician
Tyler Condreay .... best boy / electric
Justin Cruse .... second unit photographer (segment "This Means War")
Brian DeCroce .... first assistant camera
Mariela Ferrer .... second assistant camera (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Nick Forte III .... first assistant camera (as Nick Forte)
Marisa Gérardin .... second assistant camera
Kaylen Hadley .... data manager
Joey Henderson .... gaffer
Allyson Laquian .... second assistant camera
Jan-Michael Losada .... director of photography: second unit (segment "Friday the 31st")
John Mijares .... key grip
Lee Narby .... gaffer
Eddie A. Reid IV .... best boy / electric (as Eddie A. Reid)
Roman Rivero .... key grip
Heath Saunders .... camera operator (segment: s)
Charles Smith Jr. .... best boy electric
Tyson Smith .... digital imaging technician (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Dean Smollar .... steadicam operator
Thom Valko .... camera operator: steadicam operator
Gina Victoria .... first assistant camera
Animation Department
Michael Granberry .... stop motion animator
Ashley Thorpe .... animator: opening sequence
Casting Department
Carmen Betancourt .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Rose O'Shea .... set costumer: set costumer
Editorial Department
Joel Ides .... colorist
Eric Lalicata .... on-line supervisor
Justin McConnell .... bluray dvd authoring: USA
Bryan Park .... DCP Mastering
Music Department
Sean Fernald .... music supervisor
Blair Mowat .... orchestrator: Main Titles
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Oliver Patrice Weder .... assistant composer (segments "Grim Grinning Ghost" and "Bad Seed")
Oliver Patrice Weder .... composer assistant
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Renetta G. Amador .... script supervisor (segment "Trick") (as Renetta Amador)
Bruce Babcock .... production assistant
Laura Caulfield .... Business & Legal Affairs Consultant
Adam P. Cray .... key production assistant
Reyna Cuellar .... grass roots marketing
Dan Edelman .... office production assistant
Dan Fisk .... production assistant (segment "The Weak and The Wicked")
Alexandra Fritz .... production legal
Nora Glasner .... script supervisor (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Edgar Gonzalez Tornell .... production assistant
Toni Halverson .... production coordinator
Hunter Johnson .... production assistant
Marguerite Lliteras .... central city stages owner
Ralph Lliteras .... central city stages owner
Sunshine Lliteras .... central city stages prop department
Giovanni Lopez .... insurance broker
Jessica Luhrssen .... script supervisor (segments "Sweet Tooth", "Ding Dong", "The Weak and the Weaked", "Friday the 31st")
Avery Mangahas .... key production assistant
Lauren Mok .... production assistant
Paula Moreno .... Theatrical Distribution Manager
Joshua Nelson .... assistant to director
Elease Patrick .... production assistant
Juan Pesquera .... production assistant
Erik Ringman .... production assistant
Lisa Rodriguez .... craft service
John Santos .... production coordinator (segment "Sweet Tooth", "Ding Dong")
Kenny Savoca .... assistant production coordinator (segments "The Night Billy Raised Hell", "This Means War")
Sarah Schultz .... script supervisor (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Sophie Seifried .... Public Relations Specialist
Ursula Sophie-Charlotte Seifried .... Public Relation Specialist
Mike Tristano .... weapons supervisor/armorer
Gabriel Younes .... assistant production coordinator (segment "Trick")
Emilie Autumn .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The October Society Presents: Tales of Halloween" - International (English title) (complete title)
See more »
Rated R for strong bloody horror violence throughout, language and brief drug use
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) | France:16 | Germany:16 | Germany:18 (uncut) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R15+ | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 | Russia:18+ | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #50037)

Did You Know?

The seventh segment, "This Means War," can be viewed as a metaphorical "battle" between traditional horror films of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, most often centred around the supernatural, and "modern" horror films of the 1980s and beyond, often characterized by slasher films. Some of these differences are portrayed in the warring neighbours' Halloween lawn decorations, such as the tombstones representing traditional horror films, and pieces of body parts, representing more modern horror films.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spin off from Big Ass Spider! (2013)See more »
Rock and Roll Has Been Good To MeSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Like a standard Halloween candy haul., 16 October 2015
Author: horrorinpureform from Canada

Tales of Halloween perfectly emulates a trick-or-treater's haul in their Halloween candy bag. There are a few pieces of chocolate and candy which you want to scarf down right away, more which you eat hesitantly when you run out of the better stuff, and some which you flat out throw into the trash. The quality of the assortment of shorts follows that general pattern.

On the delicious side, I enjoyed the opening short (Sweet Tooth), because it presented a funny and entertaining Halloween legend, with some pretty excellent gore. It was funny and over the top but it still remembered to throw some actual horror in there (like a very effective jump scare that pays homage to Exorcist III). Another good one is Lucky Mckee's entry "Ding Dong", which stars the most active current horror queen (Pollyanna Mcintosh) who does a fantastic, hilarious job acting out her insane character. It is over the top and ridiculous while exposing sad, deep-rooted feelings.

In the middle of the pack (the hard candy and stale gumballs) are most of the entries. There are some that are almost successful - The Night Billy Raised Hell was hilarious but mostly due to the amazing performance of the devil neighbor, he was great; Trick had a very fun concept which was unpredictable compared to the rest of the film, but very poor execution (rushed, convoluted, self- inconsistent, and poorly acted); Grimm Grinning Ghost had exceptional acting with some familiar horror faces (the girl from Starry Eyes, the psychic from Insidious) but it felt like a creepypasta come to life (had shades of The Smiling Man) and existed mostly for the purpose of a very effective jump scare at its culmination. There are others in the middle of the pack which aren't even close to successful but are not unwatchable either - The Ransom of Rusty Rex is "cute" at best and very generic (I saw an identical short film just a year ago); Bad Seed has two or three funny lines but is a MAJOR letdown from a director like Neil Marshall (a CSI parody where the killer is a pumpkin, which would make a good low budget you-tube or Key & Peele sketch but feels unfit for a feature and for the running time it got).

Then there are the dental floss, apples, and raisins of the pack. To me personally they had no redeeming value and I did not enjoy any part of them, from acting to script to visuals. The Weak and the Wicked is an emotionally uninvolving tale with poor storytelling and severely miscast actors (the "street thugs" looked like Hot Topic employees). Friday the 31st, about a Jason-like killer having the tables turn on him, is the kind of cheesy one-joke short that someone new to After Effects would make as practice. And finally, the worst of the bunch, the razorblade inside a piece of candy, is "This Means War", about two neighbors competing over their Halloween decorations. Both the concept and execution were amateurish and I don't know how it wasn't axed at any point.

Tales of Halloween is not a great film but at least it is temporarily entertaining while it lasts (most of it anyway) and is much, much better than other recent attempts at anthology films (ABCs of Death 1/2, V/H/S 1/2/3, etc). I don't think it is worth seeing in theaters but I can see it being fun as a Halloween night movie with friends and beers (for those who are bored of the better holiday offerings, like Trick'r'Treat).

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (47 total) »

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.