Tales of Halloween is a horror film anthology with 10 short films, all taking place on the same Halloween night, framed by the narration of a radio DJ (Adrienne Barbeau).
Tales of Halloween is an enjoyable collection of segments that makes time fly by. I especially enjoyed how interconnected the segments were, using the same set and often the same extras as well. Not all segments were equally strong, but altogether, it’s a great film.
After the jump, I’ll talk about each of the segments separately. And since the film is filled to the brim with cameos and familiar faces, I have pointed them out as well, at least as far as I could place them.
After a tragic accident Maddie (Caitlin Stasey) signs up for the cheerleading team, despite that really not being her clique. But she leaves her old life and friend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) behind and throws herself into the squad and her friendship with squad leader Tracy (Brooke Butler). But Maddie has an ulterior motive. One that is quickly overshadowed by supernatural events.
I was completely taken by surprise by All Cheerleaders Die and I loved every second of it. The story twists several ways, none of which I suspected at first. It plays with stereotypes, has a good sense of humor and was above all a film that was fun.
While out hunting the family father Chris (Sean Bridgers) stumbles upon a feral woman (Pollyanna McIntosh) in the woods. He decides to capture her and make it a family project to civilize her. Since his family – wife Belle (Angela Bettis), daughters Peggy (Lauren Ashley Carter) and Darlin’ (Shyla Molhusen) and son Brian (Zach Rand) – are entirely under his thumb, nobody really says anything against that – at first.
I’ve started taking quick notes after every film I see because there’s just too long between me seeing them and blogging about them and I see too many films and anyway, what I want to say is the first thing I wrote down after this film was, “Bist du deppat” which literally translates to “are you stupid” and means something like “holy fucking crap, that is so… woah.” In this case in an entirely positive way.