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Tales of Halloween (2015)

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Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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Axelle Carolyn (created by), Dave Parker (as David Parker) | 12 more credits »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Barbeau ... The Radio DJ (voice)
Hunter Smit ... Sweet Tooth (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Cameron Easton Cameron Easton ... Timothy Blake (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Caroline Williams ... Mrs. Blake (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Robert Rusler ... Mr. Blake (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Clare Kramer ... Lt. Brandt-Mathis (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Greg Grunberg ... Alex Mathis (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Daniel DiMaggio ... Mikey (segments "Sweet Tooth" & "Ding Dong")
Austin Falk ... Kyle (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Madison Iseman ... Lizzy (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Barry Bostwick ... Mr. Abbadon (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Marcus Eckert ... Billy (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Christophe Zajac-Denek ... Mordecai / The Little Devil (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Ben Stillwell ... Todd (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Natalie Castillo ... Britney (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
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Named "the best horror anthology since Trick 'r Treat" by Fangoria and "among the best Halloween-themed horror movies ever made" by DailyDead, this critically acclaimed film weaves together ten chilling tales from horror's top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. Written by Epic Pictures

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Eleven visionary directors. One horrifying vision. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for strong bloody horror violence throughout, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the second time Darren Lynn Bousman directed a movie produced by Epic Pictures Group. The first one was 11-11-11 (2011). See more »

Goofs

In the Friday the 31st segment, both characters of Dorothy and the killer cut off one another's arms but you can see Jennifer Wenger's arm as well as the bulge behind his back on Nick Principe where his actual arm is. See more »

Crazy Credits

"No animals were harmed in the making of this film, but we sure did kill a lot of pumpkins." See more »

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Version of Business People (1963) See more »

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No Filium, Damnatio
Written by Sean Spillane
Performed by Sean Spillane
Courtesy of Spillane Brain Music (BMI)
[Played during segment "Ding Dong"]
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Like a standard Halloween candy haul.
16 October 2015 | by horrorinpureformSee all my reviews

Tales of Halloween perfectly emulates a trick-or-treater's haul in their Halloween candy bag. There are a few pieces of chocolate and candy which you want to scarf down right away, more which you eat hesitantly when you run out of the better stuff, and some which you flat out throw into the trash. The quality of the assortment of shorts follows that general pattern.

On the delicious side, I enjoyed the opening short (Sweet Tooth), because it presented a funny and entertaining Halloween legend, with some pretty excellent gore. It was funny and over the top but it still remembered to throw some actual horror in there (like a very effective jump scare that pays homage to Exorcist III). Another good one is Lucky Mckee's entry "Ding Dong", which stars the most active current horror queen (Pollyanna Mcintosh) who does a fantastic, hilarious job acting out her insane character. It is over the top and ridiculous while exposing sad, deep-rooted feelings.

In the middle of the pack (the hard candy and stale gumballs) are most of the entries. There are some that are almost successful - The Night Billy Raised Hell was hilarious but mostly due to the amazing performance of the devil neighbor, he was great; Trick had a very fun concept which was unpredictable compared to the rest of the film, but very poor execution (rushed, convoluted, self- inconsistent, and poorly acted); Grimm Grinning Ghost had exceptional acting with some familiar horror faces (the girl from Starry Eyes, the psychic from Insidious) but it felt like a creepypasta come to life (had shades of The Smiling Man) and existed mostly for the purpose of a very effective jump scare at its culmination. There are others in the middle of the pack which aren't even close to successful but are not unwatchable either - The Ransom of Rusty Rex is "cute" at best and very generic (I saw an identical short film just a year ago); Bad Seed has two or three funny lines but is a MAJOR letdown from a director like Neil Marshall (a CSI parody where the killer is a pumpkin, which would make a good low budget you-tube or Key & Peele sketch but feels unfit for a feature and for the running time it got).

Then there are the dental floss, apples, and raisins of the pack. To me personally they had no redeeming value and I did not enjoy any part of them, from acting to script to visuals. The Weak and the Wicked is an emotionally uninvolving tale with poor storytelling and severely miscast actors (the "street thugs" looked like Hot Topic employees). Friday the 31st, about a Jason-like killer having the tables turn on him, is the kind of cheesy one-joke short that someone new to After Effects would make as practice. And finally, the worst of the bunch, the razorblade inside a piece of candy, is "This Means War", about two neighbors competing over their Halloween decorations. Both the concept and execution were amateurish and I don't know how it wasn't axed at any point.

Tales of Halloween is not a great film but at least it is temporarily entertaining while it lasts (most of it anyway) and is much, much better than other recent attempts at anthology films (ABCs of Death 1/2, V/H/S 1/2/3, etc). I don't think it is worth seeing in theaters but I can see it being fun as a Halloween night movie with friends and beers (for those who are bored of the better holiday offerings, like Trick'r'Treat).


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16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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