Tales Till The End (1990) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Phil Herman
Starring: Joel D. Wynkoop, Debbie D
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1:33/Number of disc: 1 (DVD-r)
Available from SLEAZE BOX
For the first time on DVD! From the maker’s that brought you BURGLAR FROM HELL comes the cult classic anthology 1990’s shot-on-video flick TALES TILL THE END! Featuring Scream Queen Debbie D and King of the B-Movies Joel D. Wynkoop! From the mind of Phil Herman! In this film, three friends leave for a camping trip when a deadly gas being released upon the world forces them to seek shelter. While hidden away, the trio of friends each give us a scary story.
Tales till the End is a shot on video horror film that suffers from everything most SOV horror films suffer from, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t like it anyway. The story this one has is perhaps the best part of it and it also gets pretty creative with some of the strange tales it shows us. Things kick off with a group of friends being forced to seek shelter in order to try to survive a gas heading their way. From there, each tell us a scary tale we see play out. anthologies are fun and adding in the SOV style just makes it a bit more fun oddly enough. Our first tale is one of a knife that drives one guy pretty nutty. He uses it on someone before his friend figures out what is up. He then proceeds to battle his buddy in a fight scene that might not give the one from They Live a run for its money, but it is still fun none the less. Yes, there is clearly a lot of missed punches being sold by our cast, but it is funny and entertaining and that is all that really counts.
Next up is our most interesting tale, as one guy (the film’s creator I assume) tells of how he made Burglar from Hell and the trouble that came from it. It is a pretty meta story, but it is really interesting and above all else extremely creative. It might even be before its time a bit with the story involving a conversation about shot on video horror and the pain in the butt making one can be when trying to sell it. That is the middle of the movie and easily the best part. Things wrap with a third and final tale about a two timing woman and what comes from that. Overall it isn’t the best, but it does give the film the T and A I’m sure people were wanting out of it. All together it has flaws, but I was never bored at all and I really enjoyed the film for being perhaps smarter in spots than anyone will be giving it credit for. If you like SOV horror and anthologies, then by all means give this one a shot.
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– Debbie D Slide Show