Tales of Halloween (2015) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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Tales of Halloween (2015) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, and Paul Solet
Starring: Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart, Lisa Marie
Rated: R/Region O/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 4
Available from The Epic Pictures Tales of Halloween Web-Site

Eleven directors, renowned for their contribution to the horror movie genre, have joined forces to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. Ten short films have been woven together by a shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

You could glance over at the list of directors and the amount of shorts that makes up the Halloween themed, Tales of Halloween, and perhaps think there may be too many cooks in the kitchen. On one side you could say if something isn’t working well, given the amount of stuff shoved into an hour and a half-ish running time, you probably won’t have long until something is over and you move on to something else. Sure, you could call a few of the shorts here a bit weak, but overall I’d say this is one of the best horror anthologies in years. I just literally love this movie. I love everything about it. I love how stuffed full of Halloween it is. I love the random actors that pop-up (from the likes of Adam Green, Pollyanna McIntosh, and Barbara Crampton to Adrienne Barbeau and more). I also just love the overall vibe and feeling of the movie. Adrienne Barbeau might be the voice we hear over the airwaves on Halloween night that helps keep things together, but you can also get a kick out of all the little and at times hidden ways the segments reference and call back to one another. Apparently, all hell is breaking loose in the same town on Halloween here and you will be having a blast, more or less, as it happens from start to finish. If you are a horror and Halloween fanatic, then you will find it hard pressed to top what you get offered up here in Tales of Halloween.

Urban legends, aliens, kidnappings gone wrong, and the Devil himself are just a taste of what makes up the entire running time of Tales from Halloween. There are a few segments (just a few) that might come across just a bit weak, but there are also some segments that are not only awesome but are things I’d love to see a full movie of. While maybe keeping things short and sweet works to the movie’s advantage, I was pretty much blown away by the Friday the 31st (Mike Mendez) segment. Yes, it is pretty much as close to being about Jason Voorhees as you could get without being sued, but it works and it flips the idea on its ear, which I loved. I also really got a kick out of The Night Billy Raises Hell (Darren Lynn Bousman), which is just juvenile fun with a nice twist. There is a lot of comedic horrors to had here and all of it seems to really work in the context given and in the Halloween setting. Sweet Tooth (Dave Parker), The Ransom of Rusty Rex (Ryan Schifrin), and This Means War (Andrew Kasch) all help set tones and keep this one as fun as it is. You also can’t help but give a nod to something like Lucky McKee’s Ding Dong segment, which helps maintain and keep the odd atmosphere of the film strong. Sure, some things don’t work as well for me, but no matter what might or might not happen in the middle, you start strong with a story about a ghost looking to eat people if it means he can get candy and you end with a pumpkin that comes to life and eats people, so how can you not love something like this if you get a chance to watch it near or on Halloween? Not only do I think it is one of the best anthologies to come along in a long time, but I feel it’s one of the best horror movies this year as well.

Extras

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Disc 1 – Blu-Ray of the Feature (Region Free):
– Three Audio Options: English, French & Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 2.0 Dolby Stereo
– Three Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Disc 2 – DVD of the Feature (Region Free):
– Three Audio Options: English, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and 2.0 Dolby Stereo
– Three Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Disc 3 – CD of the Soundtrack:
– Tales of Halloween Main Title – Lalo Schifrin
– Sweet Tooth – Christopher Drake
– The Night Billy Raised Hell – Bobby Johnston
– Trick – Joseph Bishara
– The Weak and the Wicked – Austin Wintory
– Grim Grinning Ghost – Christian Henson
– Ding Dong – Sean Spillane
– This Means War – Michael Sean Colin
– Friday the 31st – Joseph Bishara
– Limbchoppalooza! – Edwin Wendler
– The Ransom of Rusty Rex – Christopher Drake
– It’s Not a F*****g Kid! – Christopher Drake
– He Will Never Leave You – Christopher Drake
– Bad Seed – Christian Henson
– Tales of Halloween – Jimmy Pyscho
Disc 4 – DVD of Bonus Features (Region Free):
– Exclusive Shorts:
Brain Death (21 minutes) – directed by Neil Marshall
The Halloween Kid (7 minutes) – directed by Axelle Carolyn
Boilly (:30 seconds) – directed by Lucky Mckee
Thirsty (14 minutes) – directed by Andrew Kasch & John Skipp
Hot Rod Worm (4 minutes) – directed by Andrew Kasch & John Skipp
No Rest for the Wicked (15 minutes) – directed by Ryan Stiffen
– Video Diaries:
2-3 Video Diaries for each segment of the anthology, featuring interviews with the directors, cast, and crew, and sneak peeks behind-the-scenes on set.
Total Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes, Stereo/Mono Audio
Additional Bonus Materials:
– Deleted Scene / Grim Grinning Ghost – directed by Axelle Carolyn
– Behind-The-Scenes / Sweet Tooth – directed by Dave Parker
– Anatomy of a Scene / Friday the 31st – directed by Mike Mendez
– Fun Facts / pop-on video commentary for selected segments
– Photo Gallery / Behind-The-Scenes of Bad Seed
– Storyboards / Ding

Quality of Transfer: 99%

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