Each segment is directed by a different, notable Horror director, and they feature cameos by Genre stars new and old. They even have Adrienne Barbeau narrating some of them.
Here's a short but sweet breakdown on all 10 segments:
This one felt more humorous than it did scary, but it did offer up some pretty great gore gags. Not our favorite, but decent enough. Caroline Williams is still looking good.
Directed by: Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red)
Be on the lookout for: Greg Grunberg, Caroline Williams.
|THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL|
Easily the worst of the bunch.
The slapstick vibe of this story irked the hell out of us, and the cartoon soundbites that were used every time someone fell or was hurt made it even worse. Not our thing at all. Natalie Castillo is crazy hot in this one though.
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV)
Be on the lookout for: Barry Bostwick, Adrienne Curry.
Easily our favorite of the bunch.
This one was all kinds of disturbing, murderous fun, and the twist at the end was awesome. Loved it.
Directed by: Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons)
Be on the lookout for: Tiffany Shepis.
|THE WEAK AND THE WICKED|
Another solid entry, this one felt like a modern day revenge Western, which made it stand out a bit. Grace Phipps killed it as the evil little bitch who lead the murderous gang of thugs, and the ending was quite fitting.
Directed by: Paul Solet (Grace)
Be on the lookout for: Grace Phipps, Kier Gilchrist, Booboo Stewart.
|GRIMM GRINNING GHOST|
This one was probably our 2nd favorite segment, as it had a truly creepy vibe going for it, and featured a hell of a cast. The ending was a bit lame and predictable, although it still made us jump. Barbara Crampton and Lisa Marie were looking GOOD in this one, and Alex Essoe is a star on the rise.
Directed by: Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate)
Be on the lookout for: Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Barbara Crampton, Stuart Gordon, Mick Garris, Lisa Marie.
We love the hell out of Lucky McKee, but his TOH entry was too quirky and odd for our tastes. Had he played it straight with this one, it might have been the best of the bunch. Still fun though.
Directed by: Lucky McKee (The Woman, All Cheerleaders Die)
Be on the lookout for: Pollyanna McIntosh.
|THIS MEANS WAR|
Another letdown, this entry did nothing for us. Nice bloody ending though.
Directed by: Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again) and John Skipp.
Be on the lookout for: Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling.
|FRIDAY THE 31ST|
This was a pretty fun segment, and we loved the hell out the the way that they made Dorothy look with the glowing eyes and all. The little claymation guy was pretty cute too.
Directed by: Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!)
Be on the lookout for: Nick Principe.
|THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX|
Not a bad entry, but like so many others in this movie, it felt too silly to be very effective.
Directed by: Ryan Schifrin (Abominable)
Be on the lookout for: John Landis, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo.
Directed by: Neil Marshall (The Descent)
Be on the lookout for: Kristina Klebe, Pat Healy, Joe Dante, John Savage, Cerina Vincent, Adam Green, Greg McClean.
We really liked the cameos, especially the ones that involved behind-the-camera talent like Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, John Landis, and Greg McClean. You also can't have a good Horror movie without beautiful women (I'm generalizing, of course), and so seeing Barbara Crampton, Lisa Marie, Caroline Williams and the like was fantastic. The new generation of Horror Hotties featured in this one was pretty great too.
|AND A BLOODY GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL...|
If it sounds like it's your thing, then give it a rent, because it probably is.
B-/C+ ...depending on how you look at it.
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Ladies of Tales of Halloween. There are so many of them, that they got their own Horror Hottie post, which you can check out right HERE.