– (2017) – Anthology of four stories that focus on an internet creep, a murderous cult, parental angst, and a ranting blowhard. First, these aren’t Halloween tales since none take place on Halloween! Second, the entire wraparound is a blatant rip off of Tales from the Crypt. Other than that, this is awful due to stiff writing and stiffer line delivery. Only good for unintentional chuckles.
– (1967) – Anthology of four stories that focus on a vengeful cat, a secret film society, an active piano, and Edgar Allan Poe. Each segment is unpredictable and uneasy to figure out, which is a plus, but they also move at a crawl. Utilizes some good ideas and some great actors, but is hardly ever shocking.
– (2015) – Anthology of eight stories that focus on pumpkin seeds, doomsday, a meat sacrifice, a wrongful death, a carnival game, a frightened kid, a chubby murderer, and an online ghost. Very few stories have any Halloween atmosphere, and most every tale has no direction or purpose. Woefully acted, nonsensical, and horribly constructed.
– (2000) – Anthology of stories that focus on organ removal, infanticide, muddy nude people, and a ripped apart Jesus. An art school train wreck that attempts to get by on surreal imagery, but there’s never a true point to any segment. Every second is shown over repetitive heavy metal that plays at equal volume with the scarce narration. Reeks of pretension and tries too hard to shock.
– (2015) – Anthology of intertwining stories that focus on ritual murders, an anti-Santa, zombie elves, and a possessed kid. Tries to come across as the Christmas version of Trick ‘r Treat, but unlike that film nothing much works here. The twists are lame, the tone is dull, and the only scares come from loud bangs.
– (1989) – Anthology of four stories that focus on a hedge clipper killer, girls lost in a bad area, a radio DJ stalker, and the ax murderer wraparound. The college set-up isn’t bad, and leads to less obvious surprises than the stories told within. Pretty well made for a late ’80s effort that went nowhere.