Tales of Halloween is a 2015 horror comedy anthology that borrows heavily from the formula that made Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow so popular upon their release. The season of the witch is a guilty pleasure for all horror hounds to watch harrowing tales of horror, however aside from the lackluster hit and miss approach of American Horror Story and V/H/S, 2007's Trick 'R Treat is by far the most superior addition. Tales of Halloween is not a bad film, not by far, but its ten tales of terror are too cluttered and do not completely or competently satisfy. In the end, it is made known that all the tales are somehow intertwined within a town that offers ghouls, ghost, and goblins. Despite this twist, the movie is not scary enough to delight hardcore horror aficionados, or engage the casual viewer. There are some gems however. Here's what to expect...
Directed by Dave Parker
The first entry in this anthology tells the urban legend of the eponymous Sweet Tooth, a deranged child-beast who stalks and kills trick or treaters. He then steals their loot, going as far as retrieving the candy that they have already consumed. This shirt is a nice start to the movie, as it wraps up nice and neatly, but still delivers some gory fun.
The Night Billy Raised Hell
Directed by Darren Lynn Bouseman
Directed by the guy who helmed one or two of the countless Saw sequels, this feature is actually rather refreshing and original. The premise revolves around a trick or treat prank gone wrong, when a young boy eggs the devil's house and the big bad himself teaches him a lesson. I refuse to go further into details as the finale is worth leaving unspoiled.
Directed by Adam Gierasch
It's obvious that many of the installments of this anthology will have twist endings, but too much of a good thing can be bad. This proves true in Trick, a tale of sadism. Here we are treated to a group of killer kids hellbent on murdering a group of adults with a twisted sense of entertainment.
The Weak and the Wicked
Directed by Paul Solet
This one is super fun to watch, no lie. The penultimate story narrates a lesson in revenge. Perhaps I'm biased because I have a crush on the gorgeous Grace Phipps, but this fun-fueled tale of torment about a boy who summons a demon on three bullies who killed his parents in a fire during Halloween is my second favorite.
Grim Grinning Ghost
Directed by Axelle Carolyn
This is the climax to Tales of Halloween due to its sheer terror and minimalist concept. It also stars the talented Alex Essoe and horror genre veteran, Lynn Shaye. What makes this haunting short spooky is the atmospheric and macabre presence of a malevolent spirit who comes for the souls of sinners. Whatever you do, don't look back!
Directed by Lucky McKee
Perpetually influenced by the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel, this short revolves around a mysterious married couple and their inability to produce children. Every Halloween, the wife is tormented by her desire to have kids of her own, turning her into a vile and villainous entity.
This Means War
Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
This is the portion of the movie where things start going down hill. This boring entry depicts the battle between two neighbors over who has the best Halloween display. I suggest you skip it as it's tried and uninventive.
Friday the 31st
Directed by Mike Mendez
Okay. Now we've seriously gone mental. The first portion of the movie delves into the supernatural, but here things take a turn for the extraterrestrial when a fuzzy alien attacks a vicious killer for not giving him candy. It's kind of cute, but not compelling enough to garner a sensible watch.
The Ransom of Rusty Rex
Directed by Ryan Schifrin
Even Sam Witwer's sexy campiness can't save this train wreck. I'm just going to say next!
Directed by Neil Marshall
Here we get our closing chapter to this average horror anthology film starring genetically engineered, evil Jack-o-lanterns, and sadly not Cerina Vincent's magnificent rack. This tale brings our movie full circle by disclosing that this entire town has been the setting for all previous entries but now a more sinister evil is afoot... killer pumpkins! Yes, it leaves room for a sequel and a very bad taste in viewers' mouths.
All in all, the first half of Tales of Halloween is seedy fun, but the latter portion truly ran out of anything worth watching. If only they had stuck to the first five entries and developed them with more cohesion.