Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Only Lovers Left Alive – 8

February 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Director – Jim Jarmusch

Cast – Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright

Release Year – 2014

Reviewed by John of the Dead

When I think of indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch I do not think of the horror genre, so when I learned that he filmed a flick referred to as a “crypto-vampire love story” I was stoked to see what he could do. Starring Tom Hiddleston, who replaced Michael Fassbender, Only Lovers Left Alive is a dramatic experience that may be a little light on the horror, but is nonetheless one of the best horror films of 2014. It moves slowly, but the subject matter and acting performances were so engaging that I hardly took notice to that. Instead, I left with a new appreciation for Jarmusch’s talents.

In the abandoned sprawl of Detroit lives Adam, an underground musician who has lived as a vampire for centuries. With depression kicking in as a result of his displeasure over mankind’s insidious downfall, his wife Eve, living across the world, reunites with Adam. What happens next displays the beauty, and troubles, of eternal love.

I am not a fan of vampire films. I am also not a fan of “horror” films with very little horror. Only Lovers Left Alive is both, and I really enjoyed it. Jarmusch writes and directs this piece, and his story begins with a heavy emphasis on Adam’s character. We learn that throughout the last few centuries Adam has played a role in the careers of famous scientists and musicians, but these days he is withdrawn and suicidal. He has a strong contempt for the world that the humans, who he refers to as “zombies”, have made for themselves and feels that they have missed their apex by squandering opportunities for advancements in education and science. His life as a musician is his escape from such disparity, however he finds himself at odds over recognition and his fans discovering his terrible secret. He befriends Ian, a young musician whom Adam pays to attain rare instruments and handle his odd requests, which are bound by a confidentiality agreement. For the first 39 minutes Adam’s character is established, then Eve walks back into his life.

Their reunion is heartfelt, tender, tame, and never feels forced. Married for centuries, they have spent the latter years halfway across the world from each other. This couple is unlike the typical vampire, who ventures out at night to drink the blood of the living. Instead, they drink the “good stuff” from local suppliers, fearing that fresh human blood has been contaminated by poor diet and the degradation of their environment. Yeah, it sounds like social commentary to me too. It takes a long while, but conflict finally arises at the 80 minute mark, which means you could have watched all of REC before anything juicy happens. I did not necessarily balk at this because simply put, this is not that type of film. Sources say that when Jarmusch was approached about adding more action to the film he instead removed all of the action that was already in it (which took place early in the film). This does not mean that Only Lovers Left Alive is without horror. There are a select few scenes of horror, and while they do not hit overly hard I found them pretty effective. This is first a dramatic melodrama and then a horror film, so keep that in mind.

They snack on Type O Negative blood popsicles.

I have seen other viewers mention that “nothing happens” in the movie, and I understand where they are coming from. This is especially understood when you consider that this is a two-hour movie. I must say that a lot does happen in the film, but the developments are mild and therefore the flick feels like it does not offer much. That could not be farther from the truth. We watch a relationship that has stood the test of time, which includes moments of weakness, depression, despair, and heartbreak. That is hardly uneventful.

Jarmusch’s direction is top-notch, and played a huge role in keeping me engaged during this “slow” film. His atmosphere is incredible, and as a film junkie he did his best to employ different lenses and lighting to make this digital (due to budget reasons) film appear acceptable to his liking. I loved the sets used for Adam’s home, which was adorned with vintage guitars, amplifiers, and framed photos of history’s most notable minds, who he apparently had an influence on over time. Next come the acting performances, which are some of the best I have seen in recent time. Hiddleston is perfect as Adam, Tilda Swinton meshes wonderfully with him, and together they create one hell of a couple to view. The supporting cast also deliver good performances, with actors Anton Yelchin and John Hurt getting more screen time than the possibly underused Jeffrey Wright. So how is Jarmusch’s execution of the horror? It was good, but keep in mind there isn’t a whole lot of horror here. We see one major death, and most of the good stuff occurs off-screen. Much to my surprise, though, the death was shocking nonetheless and that’s because I knew it was coming. Jim’s execution was THAT good.

Overall, Only Lovers Left Alive is a sure that is sure to please those who enjoy a good story in a dramatic horror film. It is also amazingly well-shot, making it a visual treat I suggest you check out.

Rating: 8/10

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Summer of Blood – 7

January 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Director – Onur Tukel

Cast – Jonathan Caouette, Zach Clark, Dustin Guy Defa, Juliette Fairley, Dakota Goldhor

Release Year – 2014

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I only found out about this film until recently, and what gave me the drive to watch it is it was referred to as a “hipster horror film”. I don’t count because that would be mainstream, but I know I have plenty of “hipster” friends who would get a kick out of such a film, so I gave this a watch and left pleased with the results. The story follows Eric Sparrow – a self-centered asshole who sucks in bed and makes the mistake of his life when he turns down his beautiful girlfriend Jody’s marriage proposal. He tries to move on without her…and to no avail. Each date ends worse than the one before, his job becomes more and more unbearable, and to make matters worse…Jody is now dating her college crush. Eric’s life is falling apart, but he receives the chance of a lifetime when he is bit by a vampire. Eric awakes as a different man. He is confident, strong, and now a sexual maestro with the opposite sex. There is only one problem – he is a vampire, and vampires need to eat.

Writer/director Onur Tukel stars as Eric and delivers one hell of an opening sequence. The story begins with Eric and Jody having an exquisite dinner at their favorite restaurant. When Jody proposes Eric uses his bafoonish wit to say “no” with the highest number of words possible, turning the issue to himself and the fallacies of married life. This intro lasts almost 8 minutes and will leave you shaking your head over how much of an idiot he is. I am sure lots of us, both male and female, have been in situations where we let a good person go for stupid, selfish reasons, and this intro did a good job of reminding me of the hurt I felt. Tukel’s writing is fantastic, with excellent dialogue from Eric that shows how arrogance and a “hipster” way of looking at things can cost you. Of course, this is done so in hilarious fashion. The head-shaking continues as you watch Eric fail at everything that matters. He has a pathetic way of using his logic to rationalize the life he lives, and before he can realize how much he is bullshitting himself…he becomes a vampire.

The second act is where Eric begins to bring home his new life. He is epically fired from his job, gives no f*cks about the rent he owes, and unlike before, he is having lots of success with women. So is this even a horror film? Yes it is. The first kill occurs 39 minutes in, and it is gory as hell. The kills continue at a brisk pace for the next 10 minutes or so, with kills coming from many angles, including while engaged in coitus with a beautiful woman. Conflict eventually arises, and while it is tame in comparison to the rest of the film it still managed to keep me engaged. At times I felt like despite its mere 86 minutes in length that the film dragged here and there. Eric’s long responses/monologues about this or that hipster case-in-point eventually exceed their welcome, yet he somehow manages to remain a guy that you’d love to hang out with – at least in small doses. I would not exactly call this a horror comedy, but it does have its comedic elements. Thankfully they blend well with the horror and the carnage does not take a backseat to the lulz.

Tukel’s direction is fantastic, and he secures a great performance from…himself as Eric. Tukel’s acting (if he’s even acting) dominates the character-driven experience and as I mentioned earlier, it’s hard not to love the guy. He’s a dick, and he’ll piss you off, but I’d love to hang out with him just so I could laugh at his troubles. Despite some dragging moments his execution, via atmosphere, music, and laughs, is enough to keep you engaged and into what is going on before you. Most importantly, though, his execution of the horror is fantastic. I was surprised at the level of gore seen in the film, and it all comes via live-action effects and not that lamestream CGI nonsense. His execution is full-frontal and with the kills drawn-out to gory extremes you will leave pleased at experiencing more horror than you expected for a “hipster” horror flick.

Overall, Summer of Blood is a fun watch and one that I recommend to all, even if you’re not a hipster.

Rating: 7/10

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The Wicker Tree – 5

Director – Robin Hardy

Cast – Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett, Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russel, Prue Clarke, Leslie Mackie, David Plimmer, Christopher Lee

Release Year – 2012

Reviewed by John of the Dead

In 1973 writer/director Robin Hardy gave movie goers one of the most horrific horror films of all time, and one of my absolute personal favorites, The Wicker Man. Nothing like the absolute piece of junk, Nicholas Cage-starring remake of 2006, the 1973 epic contains some of the best dialogue ever written and what is absolutely one of the most shocking climaxes in film history. When word broke that Robin Hardy would be giving us the next installment in his Wicker Man trilogy, a companion piece to the original film that is based on his novel “Cowboys For Christ”, The Wicker Tree was one of the few horror films debuting in the last few years that really excited me. When the film debuted in the UK last year I was a little bummed to learn of its negative response from moviegoers, and after seeing the film for myself I can say that not only does the film not live up to its predecessor (which I knew would never happen), but it fails to deliver a good experience to its viewers.

Dallas, TX pop star turned gospel singer Beth and her boyfriend Steve, both devout evangelical Christians from the Cowboys for Christ church, are sent on a two year mission to spread the word of God to the people/heathens of Scotland. After suffering initial hostility, the duo of virgins are welcomed with joy and much elation to the village of Tressock, which they assume is the village’s desire to hear and learn about Jesus. The couple’s innocence and naivety will cost them dearly though, as the village is coming up on its annual Queen of the May festival – a festival which contains grave plans for the village’s virgin guests.

Much like The Wicker Man‘s epic story, The Wicker Tree contains themes of religion, paganism, sex, power, and sacrifice. It is rare that we see films that contain all of these elements and combine them into an effective story, but Robin Hardy seems to have a knack for these themes. His story begins quickly, with country girl Beth and cowboy Steve leaving Dallas for Scotland and making their way from their initial town to the village of Tressock where they will experience horrors they never saw coming. If you have seen The Wicker Man then you are pretty sure what is going on with the villagers and their plans for the young couple, but regardless Hardy’s story is an engaging one that keeps you interested throughout. It is obvious that the villagers are hiding something from their guests, with subtle hints to the horrific events to come. It takes about 67 minutes for the film to really kick into gear, and that may be a problem for some viewers. Often-times slower-moving films will pick up around the 45 minute mark, but Hardy took many luxuries in developing his story and that may be a turn off for some. Gladly he did keep things interesting and I KNEW that I was in for a big climax so I managed to stay engaged, but 67 minutes of development is quite a bit and will turn off those who are not truly interested in what is going on and eventually going to happen. This brings me to the film’s ending sequence and subsequent climax that consume the film’s final 30 minutes, and there is where the flick loses the experience. The build up is engaging and we are given a different ritual than the one shown in The Wicker Man, and the title should give away that this flick employs a tree instead of a man. The apex of the film’s horror is what the villagers have planned for Beth and Steve, and I can say that their plans are quite horrific and match the intentions of the islanders in the previous film. Sadly, this story does not give us the goods in the same fashion, but gives us a much tamer experience that most definitely did not make up for the film’s interesting but still overly long development, and THAT is my beef.

Aside from The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy directed the 1986 film The Fantasist, and 26 years later he returned to the directing scene with this effort. From the get-go I was impressed and realized that Hardy had not really missed a beat in his ability to secure the audience’s attention right away. His amazing soundtrack kicks into gear and he expertly brings us into his screenplay that moves locations quite a bit early on. Character performances are one of the requirements for Hardy keeping the viewer’s interest during the film’s long take-up, and I felt that the acting performances were OK but nothing special. It was neat to note that the actress who portrayed Beth, Brittania Nicol, not only performed all of her songs in the film but came without any previous acting experience. She was not great, but with the film’s lack of resources and $7,000,000 budget (although good horror films are being made for less these days) I really did not expect to see great acting performances and nor did I expect to see Christopher Lee in a small role. Hardy does a decent job of creating tension and executing the horror but as I mentioned earlier the story really held back the final sequence and we did not actually “see” much horror. I suppose Hardy did what he could with the story he wrote for himself, but with such weak horror and very little to visually bring on tension I felt that Hardy’s direction was much like his story – good but it failed when it mattered most.

Overall, The Wicker Tree is positive at times but ultimately fails the viewer with its weak climax that should have been much more effective. The story is still an interesting one and is unique for this day, but in the end I’d skip this if I were you.

Rating: 5/10

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Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 4: “Till Death” – 7

Director – Chris Walas

Cast – D.W. Moffett, Pamela Gien, Aubrey Morris, Janet Hubert, John Kassir

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Now THIS is a “Tales from the Crypt” episode that feels right in the vein of the episodes that scared the crap out of us when we were kids. Logan Andrews is an ambitious business man who may have just made a very poor investment in building a luxurious hotel deep in the swamplands of Louisiana. When the eccentric and very rich widow Margaret makes a vacation visit to his hotel, the desperate Logan sees an opportunity to use her money to get him out of this mess. He visits a local voodoo priestess who conjures up a love potion that will make her fall in love with him, but he makes a grave mistake in overdosing her with the potion, forging a pact that they will take to their graves…literally.

This is a truly simple story of “love”, greed, death, and undeath. The horror begins to surface when Logan makes the decision to acquire the love potion so that he can convince the “hard to get” Margaret to marry him and save him from financial ruin. The priestess tells Logan that one drop will make her his wife, and two drops will make her his for life. Well, Logan decides to dump almost the entire bottle into Margaret’s drink, and the overdose soon kills her. When the priestess told Logan that more than one drop would make Margaret his for life, she really meant it, as Margaret soon returns from the grave to be with her one true love. While she looks the same as she did when she was buried, she has brought with her a sinister tone, brutally killing those around Logan. To make matters worse, she is also slowly decaying and by the end of the episode he has a very scary corpse willing to do anything to make him happy. This story is heavy on the consequence of taking advantage of someone and it does so with a very fun and horrific tone.

The Fly II director Chris Walas directs this piece and he did a darn good job with it. The performances were solid and he made the most of the horror element by executed it very well. The atmosphere was great, although it does not really sell the film, but it set the tone for the horrific events that would eventually erupt onscreen. I loved the look of Margaret as she slowly decayed during the final half of the film, giving us live-action execution of a creepy lover none of us would want to scorn. It really is sad to see good horror experiences from Chris Walas limited to this episode and The Fly II, because this guy, an FX man by trade, can deliver good horror.

Overall, “Till Death” is an awesome episode that gives us an engaging story heavy in horrific consequences. The direction is solid and it delivers a good amount of horror in a short and very tight package.

Rating: 7/10

Tales from the Crypt: SE 2 EP 6: “The Thing from the Grave” – 7

Director – Fred Dekker

Cast – Miguel Ferrer, Teri Hatcher, Kyle Secor, John Kassir, Laird Macintosh

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

“The Thing from the Grave” is as simple as it gets – a straight to the point episode that builds up to an awesome climax. Stacy is a beautiful widowed model whose abusive agent/boyfriend, Mitch, brings their relationship woes to light in front of her photographer, Devlin Cates. Devlin convinces her to ditch Mitch and offers her refuge in his home, and they soon fall deeply for each other. After giving Stacy a necklace as a symbol of love and his promise to protect her forever, Devlin is killed by Mitch and buried in a hole outside town. Mitch thinks he has conquered his nemesis and can use Stacy’s grief to win her back, but Devlin intends on keeping the promise he made to her…

As I mentioned earlier, this is a very simple tale but it comes well told and from one of the genre’s best writers, Fred Dekker (House, Night of the Creeps, Monster Squad). It opens with Mitch killing Stacy’s husband, a premonition of the type of careless and brutal man he is. When Devlin offers her the respect and affection Mitch lacks she immediately falls for him, but Mitch won’t have any of that and kills him without her knowing. The majority of the story consists of these scenes and lacks much horror until Devlin is killed towards the end of the episode, and from then on out it is utter hell for Mitch. Without giving too much away, Devlin keeps his promose to protect Stacy forever and rises from the grave to free his love from her terrible captor. A fitting way to end this awesome tale.

Fred Dekker’s direction is equally enjoyable, expertly executing the characters and their relationship with each other to provide plenty of drama and tension until the horror kicks in. Miguel Ferrer was excellent as Mitch and stole the role as far as performances and dramatics go, but the other actors Kyle Secor and Teri Hatcher did well. Once the horror finally did kick in I loved everything Dekker had to offer. We see a full-frontal resurrection and a grotesque, live-action Devlin to deliver the horror I knew was coming from the get-go but still found very much enjoyable.

Overall, “The Thing from the Grave” is another enjoyable episode that gives us good horror in a very simple fashion.

Rating: 7/10

Deadheads – 6

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Director – Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

Cast – Michael McKiddy, Ross Kidder, Markus Taylor, Thomas Galasso, Natalie Victoria, Eden Malyn, Benjamin Webster

Release Year – 2011

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Every now and then I feel the need for some horror/comedy, and that lead me to give Deadheads a shot. I really did not know what to expect and I did not take the time to view any photo stills or trailers, but I am glad that I left the experience with alright results. Deadheads is not great, but it took a very simple story and made it a fun one to watch thanks to non-stop ridiculous antics and a story element that focuses on the zombies and not the human survivors. Zombie fans, you may take joy in this for providing us something different in an often cliched sub-genre.

When Mike Kellerman awakes in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, the immediate fear he experiences is enough to kill a man, but it doesn’t…because he’s already dead. Coming to the realization that he himself is also a zombie – one who can talk and think just as he did prior to his death – he embarks on a journey to reunite himself with the lovely girlfriend he once had, Ellie Masterson. Joined by fellow undead-yet-very-human zombie Brent Guthrie, they race against time to find Ellie Masterson before a zealous group of unknown agents with a ruthless agenda track them down and finish them off.

From the film’s inception it is obvious that Deadheads is going to give you a zombie experience you have not come across before or do not come across often. I have yet to see a film that follows a zombie that is essentially a human that looks like a zombie and lacks a desire for conventional human foods, and I appreciated this original/different take on the sub-genre. The story takes few breaks from the humor, beginning with a terrified Mike Kellerman running away from the zombies while pondering why they are not attacking him, but of course to his horror he eventually learns why. The remainder of the film follows his trek with new zombie BFF Brent, the story’s comic relief character, to find Mike’s former love whom he dated before his untimely death three years ago. Eventually we learn that a military-esque force is hunting down zombies and eradicating them on the spot, but Mike’s relationship with them will eventually prove to be a special one that makes him a prime target of theirs. There is plenty of fun humor that helps this story pace well and keep the viewers interest so long as you enjoy it. The humor is quite silly at times and may not appease every person seeking it, but it was Ok enough for me.

Writers Brett and Drew Pierce also directed the film, and they did a mostly positive job at keeping the horror/comedy vibe interesting. They make the most of a small budget by giving us fairly good atmosphere during the film’s nighttime scenes, although the atmosphere does fade in effectiveness during the daytime sequences. With this being a film about zombies you would hope that the directors would at least get that element right? Well, these two guys executed the zombie element pretty well and gave us live-action zombie FX for most of the film’s scenes. There is not over the top gore like most zombie comedies provide but we do get some funny dismemberment scenes that were simple but enjoyable. The acting performances from all involved were also simple in nature, being that they were not very dynamic, but everyone executed their roles well enough and nobody detrimented from the film, including the most stand-out character, McDinkle.

Overall, Deadheads is an OK effort at bringing a horror/comedy experience to the zombie sub-genre while also giving a unique storyline told from a different perspective than what we usually see. This is not great, but it may wind up worth your time on a slow night.

Rating: 6/10

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie – 7

Director – John Harrison

Cast – Matthew Lawrence, Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, Robert Sedgwick, Julianne Moore, David Johansen, William Hickey, James Remar, Rae Dawn Chong, Robert Klein, Michael Deak, George Guidall

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

“Tales from the Darkside” is a TV series that preceded my time, debuting before my birth and sadly seeing its end when I was around three years of age, and while I was unable to see its episodes when the originally debuted I must say that it is still to this day one of the best horror TV shoes of all time. When I learned that the TV show was adapted to a full-length anthology film I was elated, and after viewing this adaptation I must say that it is a positive shout-out to the famed series that gives us great horror and a memorable experience.

In this effort a young boy named Timmy(Matthew Lawrence; “Brotherly Love”, “Boy Meets World”) is about to become the next meal of a witch(Deborah Harry), and desperately tells three stories from an old book to keep the witch at bay.

He starts with “Lot 249” (written by original TV series writer Michael McDowell), which follows a young anthropology student named Bellingham(Steve Buscemi) who uses an old parchment to re-animate a mummy to do his vengeful bidding, forcing a colleague named Andy(Christian Slater) to seek vengeance of his own against Bellingham for the killing of his sister Susan. This was a great way to start off the piece, with a simple storyline that brings much awesomeness in a short package. I loved the idea of Bellingham re-animating an old(duh) and creepy mummy to kill those who have trespassed against him, with each of those kills coming in awesome fashion. Of course, we are given a double dose of vengeance when the sister(Julianne Moore; Hannibal) of Andy is killed, and Andy takes full on revenge against Bellingham, leading to a shocking climax that bleeds the evil that reigns though this piece.

Timmy continues his plea for life with “Cat From Hell”, which was not only the best piece in the film but also came written by none other than George A. Romero(Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead), and based on a Stephen King short story,  a fitting idea given Romero and Kingcontributed in writing for the original television series. Going into this episode I was expecting to be let down given I am downright tired of killer animal stories that employ small animals like cats and small monkeys, but when I saw Romero’s name on the credits I figured there was a chance i’d enjoy it, and that was exactly the case. In this entry we follow Halston(David Johansen), a hitman hired by an old eccentric named Drogan(William Hickey; The Nightmare Before Christmas) to kill the most evil being he has ever known…a cat residing in his large mansion. Drogan claims the cat has taken the lives of all who have been in the house, and his fear that he is next has forced him to take action against the cat via Halston. Halson sees this as an odd but easy arrangement, but he soon finds himself at bay when the cat unleashes its fury on him. This piece came well written and consisting of a much more complex plot than originally meets the eye, which was no surprise coming from Romero. The usage of our few characters was great, especially Halston, and surprisingly enough the cat provided some great levels of horror that I did not see coming but gladly appreciated.

Timmy’s final plea to the witch comes via “Lover’s Vow” (also written by Michael McDowell), which I found a very enjoyable way to close at the episodes given it gave me a sub-genre that I love to death: the creature sub-genre. One night while leaving his favorite a bar Preston(James Remar; “Dexter”, Blade: Trinity, The Unborn, Pineapple Express, Hellraiser: Inferno, What Lies Beneath) witnesses the grotesque death of his friend via a winged creature in a dark alleyway. The creature offers him a deal in which he will spare Preston’s life if he promises never to speak of what he just saw, and Preson agrees. That very same night he meets the love of his life and finds success soon after, but this perfect life turns to horror when Preston learns that you can never hide from your past, especially if you don’t follow the rules. I loved this entry from the get-go thanks to the creature action, but I REALLY loved that it showed us the horrors that can result from loving someone dearly. The idea of Preston’s life changing dramatically after his encounter with the creature was great, and while it felt a bit awry and as if something was “up” it was played down very well until the final sequences of the episode, which contained supreme horror and showed how being true and holding nothing back from your one true love can result in a very fateful demise. If you love irony, you’ll get what you want from “Lover’s Vow”.

The wraparound story involving Timmy and the witch was enjoyable, and while it only served as a way to implement the storylines it came wits own sense of positive horror, and gave us a cheezy and fitting climax to this awesome series that will remain a great testament to the famed original series.

Director John Harrison(Book of Blood), a prominent director of the original series, did a great job directing and executing each piece. Each of them came with awesome gloomy atmosphere, and the gore reigned high as well, increasing the level of bloody goodness with each episode. His usage of the mummy in “Lot 249” was great, the cat in “Cat from Hell” was used to superb levels that provided good and exciting horror, and the creature in “Lover’s Vow” was tremendously awesome and came to us via the always important live-action FX. It is rare that each episode in an anthology will come with almost the same execution in each (atmosphere, gore , etc.) but Harrison ensured that this piece would be a fun and cheezy watch for those who give it a chance, making this simple horror film truly unique in its own right, and a damn good horror experience.

Overall, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is a great horror anthology that gives us three awesome tales and comes with awesome direction from John Harrison. His execution is “fun” and very reminiscent of the original series, which will not only please horror fans unfamiliar with the series but definitely please the fans of the immortal episodes they grew up loving so much. The horror is great and the gore reigns high, making Tales from the Darkside: The Movie an effort that I definitely recommend to all horror fans.

Rating: 7/10

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