What it’s about:
This is one of those anthology movies that contains several stories. In this case, it’s four, all of which take place in the same town on the same Halloween night. We have an unlucky but sadistic child-killer, a very persistent (and homicidal) trick-or-treater, a group of girls searching for a good time in a small town, and a group of kids who decide to play one hell of a Halloween prank. Each story is complete on its own, but they’re all connected.
What I thought:
I really liked this one. It’s not often that I see a GOOD horror movie. This was one. I usually like anthologies because even if most of the stories are crap, there’s at least one that’s good enough to make it worthwhile. In this case, they’re all good. There’s lots of quality gore and a fair amount of humor without turning the whole thing into a comedy. The stories are a bit predictable, but that’s okay here because the whole point is to enjoy the ride. Not that there aren’t a few surprises that I didn’t see coming.
The nerdy child-killer story was incredibly funny and incredibly dark. The round-headed, sack-masked trick-or-treater (which you see EVERYWHERE in the movie) was creepy and violent. Plus, this kid uses candy as a weapon. CANDY! You just can’t beat that. The one about the Halloween prank has to be my favorite, if only because of the sound effects at the end. Listen for them. The story of the girls and their choice of Halloween entertainment is my least favorite, although it is the only story featuring any T&A. None of these stories are bad or badly done. All of them are that “one story” that would make a lesser anthology worthwhile.
Another thing I liked about these tales is they’re connection to one another. Often you’ll see the characters from the stories crossing paths as they go about their own misadventures, and sometimes a minor character in one story turns out to be a major one in another. And they do this in a way that doesn’t turn the whole thing into a convoluted mess (like I probably would). It’s all just… fun.
End result: It’s on DVD. Rent it or download it without fear that you’ll be disappointed.