I can see why this movie was shelved for a few years- its not something that would've drawn in tons of theater audiences. By its very name, its something that should/usually has starting actors and a few gallons of red corn syrup. And usually when a movie IS shelved, its not a good sign.
Now the "comic book" horror anthology" style has been done before- Creepshow, for instance, which this movie reminded me of in several parts (ie the zombie children). But it didn't make any sense here. Besides having people walk by, in the background et al, there wasn't really anything that tied these stories together. They Weren't part of a comic book series like Creepshow and adding in "Earlier" and the credits in comic book font doesn't make it so!
Also the "hot chicks that are really something else" was almost a direct rip off of the Tales from the Crypt episode "House of Horror". The "rite of passage" part was kind of cool, but what do we get then for this "turn the tables" piece of female empowerment? A bunch of sorority bunnies stripping and having the camera zoom in on their breasts.
The pacing of this movie was tedious- I understand the building up of tension, but then why start off in a hardcore way? Was it just to be a typical horror movie type "beginning"?
I also agree with another reviewer- the "Halloween" rules were not especially set down. They actually killed and mutilated someone because she blew out her jack'o'lantern? If Halloween is now a grisly gut-cutting festival, why have that Rhonda explain about the original origins?
The zombie children sketch was something else that puzzled me. I understood it all, but then I kept waiting for something else to happen, like the zombies to come into town or something. But no, they can defy time, space, death and submersion, but a simple elevator keeps them down below.
Sigh. It wasn't awful, but its not something Id watch again. It was simply boring and nothing new for the genre.