New Episode of Halloween Horrors! . . . HALLOWEEN CANDY

Hey there Horrorfiends! a new episode of Halloween Horrors is here! this time about arguably the best Tales from the Darkside episode ever! and a perfect episode for your Halloween season. ENJOY!

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HIDDEN HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN – Hellions

01 Hellions_1sheet_webNow dear horrorfiends i know this one might seem like a cheat since this film just came out two weeks ago, but lets face it normal movie viewers are not going to know about this film so technically it can count as a Hidden Horror. And not just a Hidden Horror but a Hidden Halloween gem horror fans should seriously check out for this Halloween season and make it a annual viewing every October, It is the Canadian made demonic Trick or Treater movie HELLIONS.

Hellions is about a teenage girl named Dora on Halloween during a blood moon who lives in a town famous for his Pumpkin Patch and discovers that she is pregnant and soon finds everyself being terrorized by creepy, demonic Trick or Treaters who want her unborn baby.

This film is Bruce McDonalds return to Horror after his incredibly cerebral zombie film “PontyPool” back in 2009. And boy i can say Bruce McDonald has not lost it. The character of Dora is a very rootable character and you denuinely dont want to see her in any peril, so when the trick or treaters attack it can be very tense. The demonic trick or treaters manage to be creepy, incredibly menacing and nightmarish all at the same time.  the film also adopts a surrealistic tone to the terror as soon as the trick or treaters attack. As soon as the terror begins the film adopts a pinkish-red color correction throughout the rest of the movie, almost suggesting a sense of surrealism is not adopted the area our poor Dora is in. But as the terror progresses more odd and surreal things begin to happen making the viewer question if everything truly is happening to Dora.

I believe the best way to describe this film is its a Halloween nightmare and should be sought out by horror fans immediately for this Halloween season. Hopefully this movie will become recommended viewing every October my dear horrorfiends. – James J. Coker

HIDDEN HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN – All Hallows’ Eve

All Hallows’ Eve is a horror anthology film by director Damien Leone, consisting of three short films (two he had shot and released years before this feature) and a wraparound all tied together by a metaphysical and malevolent clown.

After returning from trick or treating, little Timmy and Tia find a blank VHS tape in their spoils. Through much bargaining with their babysitter to play the cassette, Sarah (Katie Maguire) reluctantly runs the tape in what materializes as the device for the presentation of the short stories.

In the first tale (released in 2008 as The 9th Circle), a woman is lured to what appears to be Hell by a mysterious clown. Although there is not much of a suspenseful build or reason behind the victim’s suffering, the end result will have viewers shocked by the vulgar imagery.

Concerned that Timmy and Tia may have nightmares, she stops the video and puts the children to bed. But of course, she can’t help but continue to watch once she is alone.

Leone’s next tale, which was not released previously as a standalone short film, is about a woman (Catherine A. Callahan) spending the night alone in her new house, while her boyfriend is out of town. Paranoia sets in once a crashed object knocks the power out on her street. The second story does a better job of building tension and suspense, but the payoff is tame in comparison to the surrounding tales.

The final story (released in 2011 as Terrifier) is a supernatural slasher about a woman (Marie Maser) on her way home from work on a dark, deserted highway. After witnessing a murder, she is pursued by the assailant – a homicidal clown.

Between each tale, strange occurrences are happening to Sarah and the children, but the babysitter brushes it off as imaginations running wild. Sarah soon realizes that the video is becoming a reality, which quickly escalates in to probably the most appalling conclusion of all the other stories combined.

Leone does a respectable job at presenting each tale, but he is constantly taking away from the viewers’ attachment by cutting to Timmy, Tia and Sarah’s reactions to the action in each tale throughout.

The makeup and effects are hit and miss, the former including the first creature presented in The 9th Circle, and the terrifying clown makeup applied to actor Mike Giannelli throughout each manifestation of Art the Clown. But the quality craftsmanship is counter-balanced with the lesser impressive group of demons in the first story and cheaply clad visitors in the second.

All Hallows’ Eve is an impressive low-budget hidden horror for gore-hounds and coulrophobics, combining elements of the supernatural and extraterrestrial, using conventions from slasher, home invasion and psychological genres, and setting an atmosphere reminiscent of a classic a giallo film.

~ Morbid Matthew McPhee

31 HIDDEN HORRORS FOR HALLOWEEN – OCT.31st HALLOWEEN – HIDDEN HORROR – Trick ‘r’ Treat

Well we’re finally here, the 31st of October, HALLOWEEN, and our 31 Hidden Horrors for Halloween countdown has come to an end. I surely hope that all those who have been checking out our countdown have noted all the films and TV episodes mentioned here and plan to, or have already, watched them. Now that it has all come to an end what Halloween movie is so good that it is the best of them all? A Halloween film that is still undiscovered by regular movie goers but the horror community has been drooling over since it first came out? A Halloween movie that can be considered better then John Carpenter’s “Halloween?” I surely hope you all know what I’m talking about, I’m talking about the greatest Halloween movie ever made, a film that has the Halloween spirit shoved down your throat and then writes a love letter to the holiday right after. I’m talking about Michael Dougherty’s “Trick ‘r’ Treat”

The film consists of five interwoven stories that occur in the same town on the same Halloween night: A couple finds out what happens when they blow out a jack o’ lantern before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far and a mean old hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.

For many, when a horror film is over hyped they’re always let down when they see the actual movie. Like with anything there are a few exceptions and Trick ‘r’ Treat is definitely one of them. If you have heard all the good things about this film they are absolutely true. It will blow you away as it did me when it first came out in 2009.

The film is incredibly well made. It’s a fun and Imaginative horror anthology with many ghoulish monsters like rotten zombie kids, vampires, werewolves and a very special trick or treater. It also boasts incredible production values, set decorations, top rate actors, a sharp sense of direction and well crafted practical effects work. As a Halloween movie there truly is none like it. No other Halloween movie has such a love for the holiday and is as festive as this film. Just from the first few minutes you already have the Halloween atmosphere shoved down your throat but in such a wonderfully fun and atmospheric way.

So as we close off our Halloween countdown I have to say if there is just one Halloween movie I urge you all to watch every Halloween season it MUST be this film, it MUST be Michael Dougherty’s TRICK ‘R’ TREAT. And a personal message from me James J. Coker to all of our Hidden Horrors You Must See readers I hope you all have a very happy, horror filed, fun and ghoulish Halloween.

-James J. Coker