Movie Review: CREATURE FEATURE

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CREATURE FEATURE was written and directed by Chase Smith and stars Jason Vail , Tenille Houston, Paul Barlow Jr., Chance Kelley, Giana Alexis Cambria, John Emil D’Angelo and Libby Blanton.

Five interwoven tales of terror, all taking place on one foggy Halloween night in Georgia. A babysitter learns a new appreciation for fine art and hard lesson about the consequences of being irresponsible and naughty!; a group of college kids stumble upon the mother of all Scarecrows; two teenagers are forced to steal from a cantankerous old hermit who has been known to howl at the moon; A murdered father hell bent on vengeance against his gold-digging wife and traitorous children; All of this Halloween fun brought to us by our guide,a London Gentleman known as…”Jack”.

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This horror anthology was definitely a throwback to classic comic book style horror projects like Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt with a classic horror comics vibe from the 50’s. I would call it Monster Squad meets Creepshow on steroids! The wraparound features a group of partying friends sharing their scary stories that includes a creepy clown statue, a young woman mourning her deceased father, witches and sacrifice, a creepy scarecrow that gets some revenge, a psychopathic naked butcher, and some friends being dared to do some things that they shouldn’t be doing, like trespassing on a werewolf’s property. These stories all have one thing in common and that’s Jack (think Jack the Ripper) who ends up becoming this sort of quite ringmaster who unleashes this terrifying carnage on these unsuspecting victims. And of this is not enough, it all happens on Halloween!

The stories for each segment were really well written and a lot of fun. Each segment is also fast-paced so there’s no stalls or filler time that slows it down. Kudos to Chase Smith for keeping the craziness and insanity going full speed throughout the watch. All of the characters/victims were interesting enough and I guess the only flaw about them would be some of the amateurish acting but it’s easily forgiven because the rest of this feature was just so fantastic. Hey, sometimes you’re going to run into stuff like this in indie features but it’s not that bad at all.

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You can’t have a fun horror movie without blood and gore and Creature Feature is loaded with ample amounts of these necessities. The special effects/makeup effects used in each segment looked fantastic and as good as many of the lousy big efforts that creep and crawl out of Hollyweird. Practical effects fans can rejoice because they’re really going to be impressed with these old school tricks and treats. Cinematography can also make or break a movie and it looks fantastic here. The sets and location all looked really good, too. Job well done! There’s also some neat looking animation sequences that help “turn the page” for each segment that definitely gives this horror anthology its comic book feel.

Bottom line is, Creature Feature ended up being the best horror anthology I’ve watched in quite a while. Chase Smith has constructed an awesome indie gem that has a little bit of everything for hardcore horror fanatics. It’s well done plus it left me wanting more so maybe we’ll get a sequel. Maybe? There’s blood, carnage, impressive special effects and lots of nudity so what else could you ask for in a horror movie? You say you want some classic monsters? You got it, plus a whole lot more! What this impressive horror anthology does is pay homage to so many horror classics that paved the way. Creature Feature fits right in with fan favorite horror anthologies like Creepshow, Tales from the Dark Side and Trick ‘r Treat and is now available on DVD and On Demand and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Brain Damage Films

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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