TALES OF HALLOWEEN [FrightFest 2015]

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Ten Halloween-set stories, and not a Michael Myers in sight. As the anthology movie continues its resurgence, so filmmaker and actress Axelle Carolyn brings us Tales of Halloween. She's not alone either, having brought some friends along for the ride. Oh, and husband Neil Marshall, who you might remember from a little thing called The Descent.

Carolyn and Marshall are cogs in a machine which brings together such popular genre names as Lucky McKee, Darren Lynn Bousman, Mike Mendez and Adam Gierasch. And that's just the directors (eleven in total) – with a cast which includes Polyanna McIntosh, Lin Shaye, Adam Green, Barbara Crampton and John Landis, it's a love letter to all things horror and Halloween. Don't like what one particular story is doing? Worry not – something that might be more to your tastes is never more than ten minutes away.

Highlights include Neil Marshall's killer pumpkin tale (think Gremlins by way of Treehouse of Horror), Carolyn's chilling Grimm Grinning Ghost, Darren Lynn Bousman's cheeky The Night Billy Raised Hell and the gory Friday the 31st. As with all anthology movie, it has its weaker links (with apologies to Dave Parker, Sweet Tooth did nothing for this reviewer), but they're far less offensive and egregious than those of its peers (looking at you, ABCs of Death and V/H/S: Viral). Tied together by its interlinking elements rather than a bookend story, it's a fun series of romps taking in as much Halloween imagery and ideas as the assembled talent can possibly muster. And there's a lot – so much, in fact, that it can feel a little overstuffed at times, like the tummy of a greedy trick or treater on Halloween.

 That's all part of the fun though. Tales of Halloween looks gorgeous and is evidently having a blast with everything it does. A project borne of friendship, its enthusiasm is infectious, even during the less successful elements. A Halloween classic for years to come, this one brings both the tricks and the treats.

TALES OF HALLOWEEN / CERT: TBC / DIRECTOR: VARIOUS / SCREENPLAY: VARIOUS / STARRING: POLYANNA MCINTOSH, LINE SHAYE, ADAM GREEN, BARBARA CRAMPTON, BOOBOO STEWART / RELEASE DATE: TBC
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en Halloween-set stories, and not a Michael Myers in sight. As the anthology movie continues its resurgence, so filmmaker and actress Axelle Carolyn brings us Tales of Halloween. She's not alone either, having brought some friends along for the ride. Oh, and husband Neil Marshall, who you might remember from a little thing called The Descent.

 

Carolyn and Marshall are cogs in a machine which brings together such popular genre names as Lucky McKee, Darren Lynn Bousman, Mike Mendez and Adam Gierasch. And that's just the directors (eleven in total) – with a cast which includes Polyanna McIntosh, Lin Shaye, Adam Green, Barbara Crampton and John Landis, it's a love letter to all things horror and Halloween. Don't like what one particular story is doing? Worry not – something that might be more to your tastes is never more than ten minutes away.

 

Highlights include Neil Marshall's killer pumpkin tale (think Gremlins by way of Treehouse of Horror), Carolyn's chilling Grimm Grinning Ghost, Darren Lynn Bousman's cheeky The Night Billy Raised Hell and the gory Friday the 31st. As with all anthology movie, it has its weaker links (with apologies to Dave Parker, Sweet Tooth did nothing for this reviewer), but they're far less offensive and egregious than those of its peers (looking at you, ABCs of Death and V/H/S: Viral). Tied together by its interlinking elements rather than a bookend story, it's a fun series of romps taking in as much Halloween imagery and ideas as the assembled talent can possibly muster. And there's a lot – so much, in fact, that it can feel a little overstuffed at times, like the tummy of a greedy trick or treater on Halloween.

 

That's all part of the fun though. Tales of Halloween looks gorgeous and is evidently having a blast with everything it does. A project borne of friendship, its enthusiasm is infectious, even during the less successful elements. A Halloween classic for years to come, this one brings both the tricks and the treats.

TALES OF HALLOWEEN / CERT: TBC / DIRECTOR: VARIOUS / SCREENPLAY: VARIOUS / STARRING: POLYANNA MCINTOSH, LINE SHAYE, ADAM GREEN, BARBARA CRAMPTON, BOOBOO STEWART / RELEASE DATE: TBCTen Halloween-set stories, and not a Michael Myers in sight. As the anthology movie continues its resurgence, so filmmaker and actress Axelle Carolyn brings us Tales of Halloween. She's not alone either, having brought some friends along for the ride. Oh, and husband Neil Marshall, who you might remember from a little thing called The Descent.

 

Carolyn and Marshall are cogs in a machine which brings together such popular genre names as Lucky McKee, Darren Lynn Bousman, Mike Mendez and Adam Gierasch. And that's just the directors (eleven in total) – with a cast which includes Polyanna McIntosh, Lin Shaye, Adam Green, Barbara Crampton and John Landis, it's a love letter to all things horror and Halloween. Don't like what one particular story is doing? Worry not – something that might be more to your tastes is never more than ten minutes away.

 

Highlights include Neil Marshall's killer pumpkin tale (think Gremlins by way of Treehouse of Horror), Carolyn's chilling Grimm Grinning Ghost, Darren Lynn Bousman's cheeky The Night Billy Raised Hell and the gory Friday the 31st. As with all anthology movie, it has its weaker links (with apologies to Dave Parker, Sweet Tooth did nothing for this reviewer), but they're far less offensive and egregious than those of its peers (looking at you, ABCs of Death and V/H/S: Viral). Tied together by its interlinking elements rather than a bookend story, it's a fun series of romps taking in as much Halloween imagery and ideas as the assembled talent can possibly muster. And there's a lot – so much, in fact, that it can feel a little overstuffed at times, like the tummy of a greedy trick or treater on Halloween.

 

That's all part of the fun though. Tales of Halloween looks gorgeous and is evidently having a blast with everything it does. A project borne of friendship, its enthusiasm is infectious, even during the less successful elements. A Halloween classic for years to come, this one brings both the tricks and the treats.

TALES OF HALLOWEEN / CERT: TBC / DIRECTOR: VARIOUS / SCREENPLAY: VARIOUS / STARRING: POLYANNA MCINTOSH, LINE SHAYE, ADAM GREEN, BARBARA CRAMPTON, BOOBOO STEWART / RELEASE DATE: TBC


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