Tales of Halloween Review (Toronto After Dark Film Festival) | The Reel Roundup

TRR: From Creepshow and Tales from the Darkside to Trick 'r Treat and The ABCs of Death, anthology films have long held a special place in the hearts of horror fans. Well now there's a new horror anthology to add to your annual Halloween marathon viewing lists: the aptly named Tales of Halloween. Set over the course of one particularly eventful Halloween night, the movie brings together eleven directors (among them, The Woman's Lucky McKee, Saw II's Darren Lynn Bousman and The Descent's Neil Marshall) to shepherd viewers through ten loosely-interconnected tales of blood, guts and dismemberment. But unlike movies like V/H/S (and its sequel), the overall tone of the piece is more playful than it is terrifying, with a macabre sense of twisted humor taking precedence over genuine frights. Nonetheless, horror fans are sure to get a kick out of the movie's campy creature effects, not to mention its buckets of gore and the laundry list of cameos from a veritable who's who of the genre. As for the shorts themselves, "it has something for everyone" is a phrase that's often overused; but in the case of Tales of Halloween, it really is quite apropos.

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