It seems that the new popular film style in horror is the anthology. Some fail miserably but there are others like The ABCs of Death and the V/H/S series that really work well. Now Shout Factory is bringing Chiller TV’s original movie Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear to Blu-ray and DVD which focuses on the senses smell, see touch, taste, and listen, but does it deliver the terror and storytelling to make this type of film work or is it truly a torture to the senses?
The first entry Smell, directed by Nick Everhart follows a guy whose life pretty much sucks until a mysterious woman shows up selling a cologne that she promises will turn his life around as long as he doesn’t use too much. This entry is pretty standard fair, but is entertaining and uses the slow build with quick purpose to build toward a gory conclusion that is entertaining to watch despite not bringing anything all that intriguing. The gore alone is great in this entry making it probably the one that will keep the gore-hounds happier than the rest.
The second entry See directed by Miko Hughes follows an optometrist who steals memories from his patients through their eyes, collecting it in liquid form. From the liquid he is able to relive their these memories, dripping them into his own eyes, but when he learns one of his patients is being abused decides to take matters into his own hands. This one sports some gore as well, but plays more with the memory flashes effects that works but wears thin. As expected things take a turn for the worse but infuses some decent twists at the end to make it fun despite some of the acting being a bit off.
The third entry Touch directed by Emily Hagins follows a family in a car accident whose blind son is left to wander the woods looking for help, but stumbles upon a mysterious killer who doesn’t like to be touched. This short works a bit but felt a bit all over the place. There seems to be some irony trying to be developed here with the twist regarding the need for the boy to touch and the killers fear of it, but in the end adds nothing much to this entry.
The fourth entry Taste directed by Eric England follows a hacker is picked up by a mysterious limo and taken to where a mysterious head hunter wants to interview him. When he declines the offer things take a turn for the worse. This entry is pretty cool bringing the level of gore back up and introducing some cool killing elements. The story is simple and leaves all the unnecessary explainations out and letting the madness ensue. This is sure to be a fan favorite for the gore and SAW like accessories.
The final entry Listen directed by Jesse Holland and Andy Milton follows two guys hired to piece together a song that once completed kills people. This story plays like a found footage film and uses the slow build to set the tone and effectiveness of the story. This one is probably the most intriguing of the film with a lot going on in such a short time. There are some clever film editing choices and additions to bring this “real” found footage story to life and paid off.
Overall this film delivered way more than expected. Each story stands alone, but still has elements that connect them together making for a more cohesive film. There are some acting and pacing issues here and there, but still does what it sets out to do. If you are a fan of stories like the old Tales From the Crypt or Masters of Horror series then this is the perfect film for you so be sure to grab your copy when it hit shelves on October 22nd.
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