Just in time for Halloween is the horror anthology All Hallows Eve. All Hallows Eve is from director Damien Leone and stars Katie Maguire, Mike Giannelli,and Catherine A. Callahan. In the film a woman is babysitting on halloween night when one of the kids finds an old VHS tape in his bag. Similar to the horror anthology with that name, on the tape are a few sick and twisted tales that revolve around one of the creepiest clowns I have seen since Pennywise.
Art the Clown is an unknown being but hovers around to harass the victims in these films. He also does a pretty good job adding some comedic content along the way, The first film of the anthology is about a young woman not in the mood to engage in the Halloween and spirit runs across Art. She ends up in a night of torture and terror as the homicidal clown makes her rethink not attending any of the festivities. Out of all 3 I will say this was my second favorite. Hands down the funniest in my opinion but gives a good intro to how demented Art truly is.
The second film is my least favorite film as it involves a woman escaping the grasp of the an alien abduction. I’m not sure if the director is a fan of alien abductions but it really didn't seem to fit with the overall theme of the movie. It reminded me a lot of the sleepover section in VHS 2 and unfortunately similar to that segment it was less than desirable. I understand the need for a change up in the film but I would have liked to see more killing by Art instead of just a painting that he is a part of. Which looked pretty sweet by the way.
The third film is the best of all and really the best way to end the film. It is shot in a grind house throwback style that adds a ton to the story line. In this film a young woman is returning home from working on a film when she chased from a gas station from the insane clown. This is really the standout moment of the film and wraps All Hallows Eve up nicely. The music, kills, and chaos depicted by Art is done extremely well. In a sense the last film could have been the entire movie for All Hallows Eve but the first segment was good enough to be an addition. Once you see the third segment I’m sure you will agree it is the best of them all.
During the madness of the films on tape we see a very solid performance from star Katie Maguire as she deals with putting the kids mind at ease while also containing her own fears. She is drawn into these films and once you see the ending you will know that All Hallows Eve has the blueprint for a great Halloween horror film.
Many fans will look at All Hallows Eve as a rip off of the VHS franchise but I will disagree as this film reminds me of the anthologies we saw in the 80’s. I would be interested in seeing a prequel to the film to give more of an explanation of Art the clown came to be. So if you are in need of some good gore, scares, and laughs then check out All Hallows Eve because let’s be honest, clowns are still creepy as hell!
All Hallows Eve will be available on DVD and VOD on October 29th. It is directed by Damien Leone and stars Catherine Callahan, Katie Maguire, and Marie Maser. All Hallows Eve is rated R and is being distributed by RLJ/Image Entertainment.
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