Night Terrors (2013) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Alex Lukens and Jason Zink
Starring: Richard Hackel, Asia Rain, Miranda Howard
Rated: UR/Region: 0/16:9/Number of disc: 1
Available from Camp Motion Pictures
A resentful older sister fills her brother’s head with bizarre tales of terror, blood-soaked memories and nightmares of perversion after learning that she must baby-sit and miss a party. In “Massacre on 34th St.”, a deranged killer dressed as Santa Claus slaughters a houseful of squatter punks who don’t appreciate the holiday. In “Baby Killer”, a distraught professor performs illegal experiments on victims in an attempt to save his dying daughter. And in “Abstinence” a horrifying flesh-eating STD quickly spreads through a college campus.
It is the return of VHS horror! Only, this is on a DVD! Still, you have the old school VHS fuss and all those effects in the movie, but the movie is still widescreen? I guess its meant to be one of the later VHS tapes that came along at the end of the formats original run! It really doesn’t matter, but what does matter is that I found this film to be strangely entertaining. It is pretty hard to make an anthology completely unwatchable and out of the three stories we get here, I’d at least say two out of the three are fun and perhaps even “good”. I don’t know if this movie completely recaptures the feel of an old VHS or not. I will say I think it is fun and that can be good enough for most. I’d hope a VHS of it is on the way, but let us break down the three tales that make up Night Terrors a bit.
We open up with a tale of a crazy Santa slashing his way through some punks that get in his way. It isn’t much in the way of story and just straight to the point. The blood in this one makes it perhaps the best part of the film. The Santa also has a cool look. The second story is about a mad scientist of sorts doing terrible things to try to help his daughter. I don’t know if it is the longest section of the movie, but it sure does feel that way. I think it is perhaps the weakest link. We wrap things up with a wacky and comedic STD tale. We’ve seen it done before in other ways and some of acting here come off weak, but we have gross gags and gore topped off with a pretty face to look at, and some comedy chemistry at times with the two makes lead buddies. There is more positive than negative about it. As for the wrap around of the movie, it could have perhaps been better. It is very Creepshow-ish, but that is never a bad thing. Overall, this one does just enough to justify a watch.
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