All Hallows’ Eve (2013)

Director: Damien Leone

Writer: Damien Leone (Screenplay)

Starring: Katie Maguire, Catherine A Callahan, Kayla Lian, Sydney Freihofer, Cole Mathewson

 

Plot:  A babysitter finds a VHS tape which features various sinister murders performed by a psychotic clown.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Homage to 80s Horror

 

Story: All Hallows’ Eve starts as babysitter Sarah (Maguire) sees one of the children who she is babysitting for receive a video tape, forced into letting them watch it only to see that it is an amateur short horror film.

Forcing the children to bed, Sarah continues to watch the video to see more horror shorts before she starts hearing and seeing things around the house.

 

Thoughts on All Hallows’ Eve

 

Characters – Sarah is our babysitter that is watching these horror shorts, she is trying to be responsible to the children she is babysitting for, the other characters we meet are from the shorts which are horror made and our typical heroines that don’t stand much of a chance against their enemies. The clowns are a big part of the film too appearing in certain parts right along the way and soon are just as involved in the horror.

PerformancesThis is a low budget movie and most of the shorts that were used, were done with actors that were just getting started, you can see the talent there without them being truly standout. Katie Maguire does the most work and is good for her part in the film.

StoryWhen it comes to anthology films we always need variety in the horrors we are watching, we get that which is good, the style of the shorts feels like 80s too, so we get to play with the trademarks of the horror for that era. The story outside that connections the stories works well too because it brings the unexplained to the mix to why the video was given to a child. We clearly have stronger stories which i feel was the third one and as always the middle ones are often the weakest.

HorrorWhen it comes to horror we get to see different styles of horror with an 80s theme throughout, each one gets to play on what we have come to know about where things will go, but with the low budget effects we know just what we have gotten ourselves into.

SettingsThe film takes us to different locations which makes each story feel unique to what we are experiencing.

Special EffectsThe effects are low budget which can make things look cheap, though they are used to make them have a grindhouse feeling which was nice to see.


Scene of the Movie –
Most of the third tape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I felt the first story is too short and I wanted to see more.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice solid horror anthology which goes mostly for gore over suspense, it works and I can see the horror fans enjoying this one.

 

Overall: Nice low budget horror anthology.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – Y – Assassination Nation (2018)

I am totally clutching at straws on this one, but we are using Odessa Young’s surname for the Y for the ABC Film Challenge.

Director: Sam Levinson

Writer: Sam Levinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Odessa Young, Abra, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Colman Domingo, Danny Ramirez

Plot: After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos descents and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.


Tagline – You asked for it, America.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Social Media Nightmares

Story: Assassination Nation starts as we meet the four high school friends Lily (Young), Em (Abra), Sarah (Waterhouse) and Bex (Nef) who enjoy to party most nights and are stuck in social media crazed world, using the internet to get their thoughts over, when the Mayor of their town gets hacked, they along with the rest of the town get his dirty photos and personal information, which leads to him being disgraced committing suicide because of it.

The next target hit close to home, the principal who falsely sees his life come crashing down because of the mob mentality and they Lily gets her own warming she is next, making the friends the target of the next hate mob.

Thoughts on Assassination Nation

Characters – Lily is the leader of the four friends, she has a secret form the rest and pushes the rest to be more open and pushy in their relationship, she is one of the few people that sees the bigger picture about the controversy hitting the town, she has become a target which will see her life change forever. Em, Sarah and Bex are her best friends, they don’t have much more about them, they have small parts about who they are, they will stay loyal to Lily through the problems.

PerformancesWhen we look at the performances, the four girls do have genuine chemistry, which is important to everything going on, Odessa Young in the leading role shows just how confident the girls can be and how quickly this can become shattered through social media and finger pointing.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that sees her life turned upside down when she becomes the latest target of a social media hack which is crippling careers in the town and now ruining her reputation. The story does get to look at just how dangerous social media can be, how quickly people will believe and jump on any bandwagon against the person being targeted even if they have done nothing wrong, one character gets branded a child abuser for having photos of his own daughter in the bath from infant age. This story does contain the extremes of how far the people will go for this to become bigger than it needs to be and shows how fighting back is the only way to make it out with any reputation left in tack. I am still not completely sure why this ended up going towards murder though, it seems too extreme.

Action/HorrorThe action here follows how the fight to survive becomes a reality for the girls, when they become targets of the mob, this does show the extremes in the horror about what is happening to the girls.

SettingsThe film is set in a town called Salem, which is slightly on the nose because of the whole witch trial behaviour being thrown out by the locals.

Special EffectsThe effects used are saved for the horror elements, which get to focus on just how deadly everything ends up becoming for the girls.


Scene of the Movie – The fact that this could easily become a reality.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The sudden extremes seem to happen way too quickly.

Final Thoughts This is a warning shot a social media, showing us just how quickly things, rumours and crowds can jump on people looking to ruin their lives, when there is an easier answer to what has been happening.

Overall: This is a pure social Media warning.