I wouldn’t call these tales presented in Vampus Horror Tales exceptional, but they do poke at what makes this upcoming day uniquely red.
UNCORK’D ENTERTAINMENT ON DEMAND AND DIGITAL, FEB 14, 2023
Although Mr. Fettes (Saturnino García) is not a household name, I’m sure Latino fandom will love him! He’s not like Narciso Ibañez Serrador yet, but I’m sure the movie Vampus Horror Tales will help this gravedigger get some recognition. This actor gives his all to the role, and honestly, I loved these interludes a lot more.
This modestly budgeted horror anthology features other strange pathos going on, but to show why this cemetery custodian is tops, we have to wait to witness how he introduces each tale by the stroke of his own hand.
Halloween is early with today’s release of Tales From the Other Side. This horror anthology has both light and devil-may-care B movie style frights.
Available on DVD and VOD
Halloween is early with today’s release of Tales From the Other Side. This horror anthology has both light and devil-may-care B movie style frights where three kids are left on their own to go trick or treating. Just who they meet isn’t necessarily a friendly old grandma.
This film created by committee is an idea that has its moments. And although the title sounds like the makings of a new franchise ala Tales from the Darkside, there’s significant differences. Alternatively, maybe it’s more like an EC Comics publication.
Neither does it bear any semblance with the audiobooks by Raymond Singclare Cobb or Heather Christie’s play of the same name. The only similarity is with how each independent work seeks to enthral and entertain fans of horror with tales of the supernatural.
The stories are all about survival against all odds, even though not all of them make the cut for keeping viewers interested.
By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
ON DEMAND, DVD AND DIGITAL including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play January 12, 2021
In Battle in Space – The Armada Attacks the Earth has been occupied! This independent movie has all the hallmarks of a SyFy level production, and the budget to pull off some terrific space battles you’d expect from today’s movies on the big screen. This anthology collection of mildly related shorts sees humanity fighting back, but when we’re dealing with wizards and aliens (two words which typically alludes to two different genres of storytelling) in the same breath, trying to decide if this collection is science fiction is tough.
Lukas Kendall, Toby Rawal, Scott Robson, Andrew Jaksch, Sanjay F. Sharma, and Luis Tinoco have ideas on how to tell this story as though it was from the Robotech saga. That’s because Doug Jones is wearing a costume that evokes the image of Lord Doza in the overarching narrative. He preaches a good life and is certainly having fun with the role. However, before I knew it, we’re knee deep in the first tale: the people of Earth aren’t happy with this alien takeover and plot a rebellion.
The bigger story, concerning Max and Jenna who are watching these stories along with other non-merry makers is that one of them must be in on the gag. If there’s to be a payoff, perhaps that, for the season, it’s better to make merry with friends or family, and enjoy life so that you don’t end up like them!
‘Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse;
When no one’s around,
but the sound of a scream.
All anyone can hope is
the scare was a dream.
When out on the lawn
there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed
to see what was the matter.
The moon on the breast
of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday,
of broken people seen far below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
I shuddered, I muttered, “oh dear, oh dear!”
All the Creatures were Stirring is a gentle horror anthology by Rebekah and David Ian McKendry to remind viewers about what the holiday is about. My play on Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” reflects upon the changes these two producers have done to the holiday classic. They’ve effectively switched the cheer to create some holiday fear, as some people want to enjoy a scary Christmas story as the time nears. Usually that’s a tale about phantoms, and we do get one of the four stories within a story play with that idea.
All is not safe in the theatre Max takes Jenna to. They’re on a date and they have no idea what they’re about to witness. They must be checking out a Winter Fringe Festival; the episodes are performed with minimal props but when we jump into those tales, they are fully realized nightmare fuel.