DVD Review: ALL HALLOWS’ EVE 2

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ALL HALLOWS EVE 2 is a horror anthology with segments directed by Bryan Norton, Antonio Padovan, Marc Roussel, Ryan Patch, Jay Holben, The Kondelik Brothers, Elias Benavidez, Mike Kochansky, and Andres Borghi. The film stars Andrea MonierDamien Monier and Bill Oberst Jr.

This horror anthology sequel takes place on Halloween night where a young woman who is home alone finds a mysterious VHS tape on her doorstep—a tape that shows a series of gruesome and ghastly tales that appear to be all too real. But these terrifying glimpses of damned souls are not the only horrors that stalk her. A sinister, pumpkin-faced killer is using the videotape as a portal into our reality; and if he makes it through, this twisted trickster seeks only one “treat”: Blood.

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“VHS” serves as the wraparound where we watch a masked figure deliver this mysterious tape and the young woman curiously presses play. By the way, who still has a VCR? Still, this is a pretty cool wrap around and the only thing that links the rest of the segments together. “Jack Attack” follows a mother and son carving up a Jack-O-Lantern that ends in a rather terrifying transformation. “The Last Halloween” is all about trick-or-treating and the horror that come with it. A man’s fear of Halloween ends up paying him a visit to give him a haunting message. “The Offering” follows two men who drive out to the middle of nowhere on a cold and snowy night to offer up some kind of sacrifice to a hungry beast. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end well for one of the men. “Descent” follows a woman who walks into her friend’s apartment where she finds her dead and the killer is still there. Paranoia and hysterics set in and the woman doesn’t handle it well at all. This one has a nice twist at the end.

“Masochist” deals with child abuse and here we watch a child that is given the opportunity to get some revenge on his abusive father. Needless to say, dear old dad gets a bloody dose of karma and justice is served. “A Boy’s Life” centers around a young boy and his fear of monsters. Remember the monsters under the bed and in the closet when we were kids? Well they make their horrifying return in this segment and it doesn’t end well for the boy’s mother who should’ve believed him. “Mr. Tricker’s Treat” follows a deranged lunatic who gets his kicks by keeping the people he abducts in small cages, then torturing and killing them in horrifying ways. “Alexia” is an online psycho-thriller that hits the cyberverse and deals with the loss of a loved one and emotional unbalance, and of course a psychopathic stalker from beyond who wants to play. This segment will remind you of the movie, Unfriended.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for each segment was really good for the most part. Every filmmaker shoots their films differently so there are some minor variations but nothing major.

Bottom line is, All Hallows’ Eve 2 is a collection of 8 horror shorts (9 counting the wraparound) that a lot of horror fans would otherwise never get the opportunity to witness. Bringing these short films together like this to make up a new anthology is a great idea and one I hope continues. This also gives these short films a second leash on life and a lot of them deserve it! Some are better than others but for the most part All Hallows’ Eve 2 was a fun watch and one that I’ll add to my viewing list on Halloween. There’s not a lot of blood and gore so don’t expect anything like that. Just fun stories! This followup to Damien Leone‘s 2013 All Hallows’ Eve (review HERE) unfortunately doesn’t return the creepy cool Art the Clown but don’t fret because he’ll be back in Leone’s next horror offering, Terrifier. All Hallows’ Eve 2 creeps its way to DVD on February 2nd and is worth a watch.

Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: None

Special Features: None

 

 

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