‘Tales of Halloween’ is an upcoming horror anthology film featuring ten different stories by eleven different directors and a heck of a lot of actors. The premise is simple: a small town somewhere in America has its citizens “terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night.” Though that raises the question, why does anyone live there if dozens of people get murdered or disappear every Halloween? Seems a bit too much of a risk for me.
The trailer was a bit hit-and-miss, much like most anthologies are. A lot of it looked interesting, like the shadowy figure following a girl in the fog or the demon-looking thing or the (zombified?) girl with her eyes glowing green. But then there were also a few things like the hungry jack-o’-lantern that just made me scratch my head. Seems a bit ridiculous.
I’ll be honest, I’m a little skeptical. I know there are many talented filmmakers out there who have made some high quality short films, but I’m not so sure about an anthology movie with that many stories in it at once. The film is only 92 minutes long according to imdb.com. Throw in the opening and end credits and you have less than nine minutes per story. Call me a pessimist, but these stories are going to have to work extra hard if they’re trying to be anything other than a bunch of gore and jump scares. Who knows, maybe that is all they’re aspiring to, and who am I to judge if that’s the case?
So what do you think? Do you trust the talent in this movie to deliver an excellent show, or will it just be full of gimmicks like that jack-o-lanters? Let us know in the comments below.
‘Tales of Halloween’ is set for a theatrical release in the U.S. this coming October 16. Or you can watch it on July 24th if you happen to be at the upcoming Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.