Tales Of Halloween

Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, August 27th - 31st 2015
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Tales Of Halloween

Post by jonbly » Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:03 am

6/10 - Meh... some good bits, some bad bits. You'll find something you like in here, but will it be worth it? Personal favourite was the channeling of Tim Curry...

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by danthsmith » Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:08 am

I did laugh a bit but it was padded and indulgent. The Christmas effort was far more successful and had some real wit. There was a lot of quite samey stuff in it. Neil marshal should crack on and make an actual film.

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by Alex J » Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:54 pm

A mixed bag as can be expected from an anthology, but overall I didn't enjoy it as much as A Christmas Horror Story, but that could be due to fatigue or my much different expectations going into each. Agree that this one probably suffered from the segments being shorter and therefore lacking meat on the bones. 7.5 / 10
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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by HannahNoir » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:01 pm

The cute trick or treat alien!!

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by Oswald Cobblepot » Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:14 pm

Not amazing, but I much preferred this to Christmas Horror Story.

Most of the segments weren't brilliant, but because there were so many more EC Comics style stories they resolved themselves quickly and hit their punchlines faster.

Christmas Horror Story dragged out it's not very well thought through stories over a much longer period of time (Santa/elves excepted).

'Ransom of Rusty Rex' and 'Friday the 31st' were the best segments for me, and Adam Gierasch in something he wrote/directed not being utterly shit shocker.

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by DJBenz » Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:55 pm

Oswald Cobblepot wrote:Not amazing, but I much preferred this to Christmas Horror Story.
Opposite for me, but enjoyed both. I felt they totally underused Adrienne Barbeau as the radio presenter that seemed to be trying to act as the wraparound, but didn't actually wrap round much. Didn't really understand the story with Pollyanna McIntosh, but the rest of them were pretty decent.

Little 'Twick or Tweat' buddy was an absolute fave though.

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by The Soapmaker » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:08 pm

Another vote for this over A Christmas Horror Story.

The first few stories were a bit repetitive - some trick-or-treating then somebody dies - but it got much better as it went along. Quite a good choice for closing film, I thought.

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by DJBenz » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:37 pm

The Soapmaker wrote:Quite a good choice for closing film, I thought.
Definitely. The Signal last year was a solid film, but I think it's better to close on something like this which really gets the audience fired up and happy.

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by TheDukeAbides » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:07 pm

Quite an agreeable film and I felt it fitted with closing out the festival, though did prefer the Xmas one.

The only duff story I thought was the one with the kids killing the adults and the Lucky McKee section was a bit ropey too.

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by killer guinea pigs » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:49 am

Didnt care for 11 shorts in one film....it was never going to work.

the christmas horror story was very polished and slick, it made everyone jump at one point and was much more entertaining.

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by Scrofulous Peasant » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:52 am

Christmas Horror Story worked far better as a portmanteau horror film. Better script, sharper, funnier and fewer stories made it feel more coherent.

I liked a couple of the stories in TOH but it just felt like one huge, messy, overblown vanity project. 4 / 10

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Re: Tales Of Halloween

Post by Tyrannosaurus » Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:22 pm

There were some weird things going on here. The story with killer pumpkins was interesting. However, there were a lot of similar stories with kids being literal or figurative monsters. The comedic parts were effective.

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