A review of a horror film right in the middle of Christmas time, how dare I?

I know most people put horror movies in their rearview mirror after Halloween, but for horror junkies like me, horror movies are the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.

Recently I had the chance to watch “Tales of Halloween” which was released earlier this year in October. The movie is compiled up of 10 short films and features major horror genre talent. Some of the heavy hitters that directed some of the shorts are Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw series), Adam Gierasch (Night of theDemons) and Neil Marshall (The Descent).

What I liked about “Tales of Halloween”

I really enjoyed the format of the movie. 10 short films put into a 90-minute format. It was kind of like sitting around the campfire and hearing ghost stories from everyone there. It is kind of like “Tales from the Crypt” but more professionally done and a lot darker, scarier and tons of gore.

My favorite short was “Sweet Tooth” directed by Dave Parker. Parker was able to capture everything you want in a horror movie in a short feature. It was funny, suspenseful, scary and had a few good jumpy parts.

What I did not like about it

I am usually not one for crazy graphic gore. I understand there is a market for that, but it ain’t for me. This had a fare share amount of it. I feel like some shorts focused more on the gore than they did the story.

A few shorts tried to be more on the funny side of horror but really missed the mark.  Particular a spoof on slasher movies called “Friday the 31st.


If you are a horror fan, especially ones with tons of gore, this will be up your alley. I think the format was cool. I have seen some movies that are comedies try the same thing but fall flat, but this seemed to work and would love to see this format more in the future.

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