Friday, 25 April 2014

All Hollows' Zzz

Am I too cynical for horror movies? And is 'person watching shorts' a genre now? 'Cos this is another one of those.

Framing movie: A kid finds a tape in his trick or treat bag, and the babysitter lets them watch the first movie. Then watches the other two herself. And then the clown gets loose...
Oh yeah, there's a clown and that's a linking image. First movie has a young woman getting kidnapped and then suffers at the hands of the devil? I guess? It's not shot very well. Second movie involves some of the stupidest looking aliens I've ever seen threatening a woman. And the third movie is the clown stalking a woman.

See if you can spot a common element here. Director: Damien Leone. Writer: Damien Leone. Editor: Damien Leone. Yeah... one more: SFX by Damien Leone. I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking 'hey, this movie is a demo reel for Leone and he (and others) wrote some stories for him to show off his SFX talents'. No idea if that's true, but it would explain a lot.

(And if Overdrawn at the Memory Bank has taught us nothing else, it's don't show a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie. In this case, Night of the Living Dead, which was probably a major influence on a young Leone.)

The last few minutes show a little promise... but far too little too late... and it doesn't work even then.


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