Tales of Halloween
Release year: 2015
Directors: Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Lucky McKee, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet
Screenwriters: Axelle Carolyn, Dave Parker, Clint Sears, Greg Commons, Lucky McKee, Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez, Molly Millions, Billy Jackson, John Skipp Andrew Kasch, Ryan Schifrin
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Hunter Smit, Daniel DiMaggio, Barry Bostwick, Marcus Eckert, Lin Shaye, Alex Essoe, Ben Woolf, Kristina Klebe, John Savage, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer
Ten stories all taking place in an American suburb where ghouls,aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents are woven together.
Horror is a genre perfect for anthology movies, as it doesn’t take long to build up a scary story and no set up is more fitting for horror than Halloween and the suburb (see our article on Suburban Horror), so Tales of Halloween has the perfect set up to be a good horror movie. But is it good? yes, Tales of Halloween is actually one of the better horror anthologies and perfectly mixes gore and comedy in ten stories that vary greatly while keeping within the same style, making the connection between them felt. From the short familiar set ‘This Means War’, the funny (yet not without plenty of gore) ‘Friday the 31st’ to the satisfying and surprising ‘The Ransom of Rusty Rex’, Tales never fails to bring horror as well as laughter in is plain out entertaining. There are several people involved, who are already familiar to fans of the horror genre: Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, 2002), Lin Shaye (Insidious, 2010), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, 1980) and even small parts for legendary horror directors Joe Dante (Gremlins, 1984) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, 1981), adding to the fun of watching this well-edited horror anthology.
The movie is produced by Mike Mendez, who has also written and directed the segment Friday the 31st, and fans of his excellent B-horror movie Big Ass Spider! (2013) will get a kick out of recognizing both Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer and Lombardo Boyar, who both starred in the movie especially as the casting list disclose Grunberg and Kramer even play the same characters. Lin Shaye also starred in both movies.
Picture copyrights: Epic Pictures Group