– (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on a bullied teen, an evil spawn, a resurrected creature, fertility rituals, a family search, female revenge, a virtual reality device, and dual murderers, all taking place on separate holidays. Though there are brushes with amateurism and silliness, there are also moments of shock and tension. Nothing stands out as a classic, as even the best tales have lackluster outcomes, but this is enjoyable straight through.
– (2018) – Anthology of five stories that focus on a twisted office party, demon knights, yuletide psychosis, a vengeful reindeer, and an alternate reality. The black box theater setup is different, but the stories themselves are bland and uninspiring. Most stories have no resolution, making this feel like a collection of thrown away ideas.
– (2018) – Anthology of four stories (with an elongated wraparound) that focus on slave toys, a necromancer, vamps, and racial politics. While some of what occurs is drop dead dumb, there’s enough humor and positive social messages throughout to keep enjoyment rolling. Not as stark as the original, but certainly amusing.
– (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.