RLJ and Image Entertainment are quickly gaining a reputation for releasing some interesting independent films in both the horror and sci-fi genres. I’m not saying that you can just pick up anything they put out. Still, the quality of their projects keep getting stronger and stronger both in story content and recognizable talent appearing in their films.
Just as I say this, their latest horror offering “All Hallows’ Eve” doesn’t have any recognizable stars in it. However, this works in the movie’s favor. It roots you in the film and keeps you from tethering yourself in reality through the sight of familiar faces like Christian Bale or Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Sarah (Katie Maguire) spends Halloween babysitting her friend’s son(Cole Mathewson) and daughter (Sydney Freihofer). After an evening of trick ‘r treating, the three settle down in front of a scary movie to empty out the children’s’ goodie bags. Timmy finds an old VHS tape in his stash and quickly talks Sarah into letting them watch it. They soon find themselves immersed in an anthology of disturbing short films that fit the chilling holiday they’re celebrating. Thank goodness they’re only make-believe… or are they?
“All Hallows’ Eve” is definitely a treat for the Halloween season. It’s an interesting blend of intertwining tales in the spirit of “Creepshow” and “Tales from the Crypt” with an evil clown that would rival Pennywise from Stephen King’s “It.” Art, the evil clown, is the constant throughout these macabre stories.
Director/Writer Damien Leone knew what he was doing when having musicians Noir Deco handle the score for “All Hallows’ Eve.” They drum up memories of the electronic soundtracks for John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and “Halloween III: Season of the Witch.” I can only imagine this was intentional. It definitely adds to the creepiness and atmosphere of the film.
“All Hallows’ Eve” is light on bonus material. The only special feature included on the DVD is audio commentary provided by Writer/Director Damien Leone and actor Mike Giannelli. Giannelli plays Art the Clown in the movie and quite possibly might not ever get another job because of it.
Although it’s not rated, I would give “All Hallows’ Eve” an “R.” It has a lot of graphic violence and gore. There’s also adult language and situations. I was a bit disappointed in the full frontal nudity in the last segment. Before that, there was no nudity at all. I think Leone could’ve gotten his point across without it. I know it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to some people in a movie that has so much blood and violence. However, to some viewers it’s a deal-breaker that causes them from recommending the film to others.
“All Hallows’ Eve” is perfect for an adult night of horror festivities. The stories range from old-fashioned “Rosemary’s Baby”-type thrills to sci-fi schlock and slasher scares. Each segment is seen as a film within a film, so there’s added dirt and scratches to the picture to give it grindhouse and classic flavors. Let me also add that if you weren’t already scared of clowns before now, you will be after watching this.
“All Hallows’ Eve” is available now on DVD and as a Digital Download.
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