Tales of Halloween is the latest in both the Halloween movie and anthology horror sub-genres, and while these things can often be hit or miss, there are two words that you might find encouraging.
The director behind horror classics such as The Descent and Dog Soldiers is going back to the horror well for a short film that will be one of 10 to celebrate every horror fan’s favorite holiday.
In Tales of Halloween, Marshall will be joined by Darren Lynn Bousman of Saw II fame — let’s not mention that he’s also responsible for Saw III and IV — as well as Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big A** Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace).
The cast to this horror opus includes Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes).
Other high profile horror cameos will include Joe Dante (The Howling), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow), and Adam Green (the Hatchet series).
In other words, this thing is primed with a horror pedigree like you wouldn’t believe. But it will also feature a number of appearances by up and coming horror stars, such as Pat Healy of The Innkeepers, Alex Essoe of Starry Eyes, Keir Gilchrist of It Follows, Pollyanna McIntosh of The Woman, Kristina Klebe of Halloween, Jose Pablo Cantillo of The Walking Dead, Grace Phipps of Dark Summer, Sam Witwer of Being Human, and Graham Skipper of Almost Human.
If that’s not enough to get you salivating, horror fans, the Inquisitr has the official synopsis and the Comic-Con trailer below.
According to IMDb, it will feature 10 stories that “are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.”
At just 92 minutes, each story won’t have a very long time to shine, so expect something more akin to the ABCs of Death series — bite-sized horror — instead of something like Creepshow or Tales from the Darkside: The Movie.
Here’s a look.
Will you be giving Tales of Halloween a look? If so, you’ll have to wait until its U.S. release on October 16.
[Image of Tales of Halloween via screen grab, linked above]