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Tales of Halloween (2015)

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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.

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Axelle Carolyn (created by), Dave Parker (as David Parker) | 12 more credits »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Barbeau ... The Radio DJ (voice)
Hunter Smit ... Sweet Tooth (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Cameron Easton 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 Natalie Castillo ... Britney (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
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Named "the best horror anthology since Trick 'r Treat" by Fangoria and "among the best Halloween-themed horror movies ever made" by DailyDead, this critically acclaimed film weaves together ten chilling tales from horror's top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. Written by Epic Pictures

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Tricks, Treats & Terror Come Knocking See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody horror violence throughout, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuentos de Halloween See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The second film to star Gracie Gillam and Keir Gilchrist - the first being Dark Summer (2015). See more »

Goofs

The chainsaw is differs in the Friday the 13th segment. See more »

Crazy Credits

"No animals were harmed in the making of this film, but we sure did kill a lot of pumpkins." See more »

Connections

Version of TaleSpin: Ransom of the Red Chimp (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Dime A Dance
Written and Performed by Colin Green and Sean Keller
Published by Amphonic Music Ltd (PRS)
[Played during segment "Grim Grinning Ghost"]
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Ten very different stories, told with a wide-ranging degree of success, but never boring: that's Tales of Halloween.
18 October 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

It's nearly that time of year again, so what better way to pass the time than to settle down with Tales of Halloween, a seasonal anthology from ten of today's hottest horror directors that features cameos from some of the genre's giants.

As is often the case with anthologies (especially one with so many stories, like this), it's a very mixed bag—some parts work very well, other's are less effective—but for my money, this is still more fun than that other Halloween anthology of late, Trick 'r Treat, which I found frustratingly mediocre all the way through.

'80s scream Queen Adrienne Barbeau introduces the tales, starting with 'Sweet Tooth', by director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red). An enjoyable way to kick things off, this sets the tone perfectly with a Halloween legend coming true for a young trick or treater with gory results. This is followed by 'The Night Billy Raised Hell', from Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo: The Genetic Opera), who introduces a bit of dark comedy into the mix with his amusing story of a boy who meets a demon (Barry Bostwick) that shows him the secrets of extreme pranking.

Segments 3 and 4—Adam Gierasch 's 'Trick' and Paul Solet's 'The Weak and the Wicked' are passable fare, revolving around vengeful killer kids and the summoning of a demon; Axelle Carolyn's 'Grimm Grinning Ghost' starts off promisingly, but winds up being little more than a weak attempt at providing a cheap jump scare (which I fully expected). Lucky McKee's 'Ding Dong', is without doubt the weirdest of the ten tales (and my least favourite), featuring a childless woman who turns into a witch when emotional.

'This Means War' from Andrew Kasch is kinda forgettable, although at least there's fun to be had from trying to spot numerous cameos, but things get much better with the next story 'Friday the 31st' (by Mike Mendez), which is totally bonkers and extremely gory: a deformed killer gets a taste of his own medicine after a tiny trick or treating alien possesses the body of sexy victim Dorothy, who returns from the dead to turn the tables on her attacker. The plot might not make much sense, but this one is so gleefully insane and incredibly bloody that I couldn't help but love it.

'The Ransom of Rusty Rex' is also very enjoyable: directed by Ryan Schifrin (son of movie composer Lalo, who provides the score for Tales of Halloween), it follows a pair of unfortunate kidnappers whose victim turns out to be a hideous little demon whose 'father' is only too happy to be rid of. This is followed by Bad Seed, from Neil Marshall (The Descent), which features a fun premise—a man-eating pumpkin on the rampage—but sadly ends proceedings on a rather weak note.

6.5/10, happily rounded up to 7 for that adorable Halloween-lovin' extraterrestrial.


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