What this "movie" really is, is a gathering of 8 previously released Horror Shorts, with a wraparound story that loosely ties them together.
As non-traditional as it may be, All Hallows' Eve 2 is a far more enjoyable watch than its predecessor was. At least they didn't bring back Mr. Jingles, or whatever the fuck that stupid clown's name from the first one was.
This is the best of the bunch. The first half of this one was pretty intense, and it sucked us in from the get-go. The twist at the end was pretty cool too.
|JACK ATTACK (2013)|
Jack Attack gave us a twist that we did not anticipate, and it was a wickedly fun entry.
This Argentinian Short was pretty solid. We'd definitely watch a longer version of this one.
|MR. TRICKER'S TREAT (2011)|
This one is probably the most disturbing Short, as right from the start, we knew we were in for something nasty. It had a good sense of black humor about it too.
|THE LAST HALLOWEEN (2013)|
There's nothing wrong with this Short, but it just didn't do anything for us. I'm honestly not sure why. The costumes were great.
|THE OFFERING (2013)|
Short, to the point, and pretty good, even if it was really predictable.
The synopsis above is for the entire All Hallows' Eve 2 movie, so maybe that's the title of this Short, but who knows. This was a pretty creepy entry, but it didn't really seem to work as a wraparound. It really exists only to allow the other Shorts to be viewed, which is fine, but (assuming) seeing as this was the only part of the movie that the producers actually had to create for themselves, couldn't they have put some more into it? "Watch this VHS tape, and then I'll kill you?" Does anyone even have a VCR ready to go like that anymore?
They also could have expanded this one a bit at the end.
|A BOY'S LIFE (2011)|
Decent story, decent acting, but it was not scary at all. Meh.
|M IS FOR MASOCHIST (2013)|
At only 3-minutes (or so) long, this one didn't get a chance to do much. Interesting concept, but it felt more like a commercial than it did a Short Film. Blah.
|LOOKING UP AT EACH ENTRY, SKELLY SKELETON AGREES WITH OUR ASSESSMENTS.|
So kudos for the producers of this one for bringing a bunch of them together under one banner, and offering people a chance to see them for one much lower price.
All Hallows' Eve 2 isn't a bad effort overall, but it is like most Horror Anthologies in that some of it is good, some of it is bad, and some of it just should have been cut out completely. We're glad we watched it, as we loved Descent, Jack Attack, and Alexia, but everything else felt a bit like filler. Maybe it wasn't all "bad" filler, but it was filler, nonetheless.
|YOU KNEW THIS WAS COMING, RIGHT?|
If you're a fan of short-form fiction, then All Hallows' Eve 2 might be for you. In our opinion, it's worth seeing for Descent alone. Just know that this is strictly middle-of-the-road fare.
All Hallows' Eve 2 is available now on VOD.
All Hallows' Eve 2.