Monday, 18 May 2015

ALL HALLOW’S EVE *** USA 2003 Dir: Damien Leone. 83 mins


Set to a Carpenter-riffing pulsing electronic score, ALL HALLOW’S EVE is an indie entry into the increasingly crowded new-wave of horror anthology pictures generated by the popularity of TRICK R TREAT, VHS, etc – this time linked by a malevolent clown with a penchant for dismemberment. Set on Halloween (with, naturally) NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on TV,
it unfolds as three gruesome tales in the form of a video tape found in a kids’ trick or treat bag, and reluctantly played by their babysitter. The tales involve young women menaced in train stations, remote country homes and a gas station, and incorporate said nasty clown, an impressive metallic alien and foetus-ripping gore. Despite confusion about “videotaped” footage being all too obviously digital and featuring characters on their mobile phones, this makes a real effort to be scary, and does generate some nice, effective chills – particularly the mean-spirited end of the framing story.

Review by Steven West

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