Terror Tales – USA, 2016 – reviews

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No happy endings!’

Terror Tales is a 2016 American anthology horror feature film written, produced and directed by Jimmy Lee Combs (Hans Crippleton: Talk to the Hans). The movie stars Jennifer Runyon, Ari LehmanLynn LowryHelene Udy and Felissa Rose.


When Michael wakes up he is horrified to find that he is riding shotgun with a psychopath (Christopher Showerman) who reveals to him that his family is held captive in the attached cargo trailer.

The trailer is rigged to release a deadly toxin when triggered by a switch in the car. Thinking of his family’s safety, he cooperates with everything the psychotic driver asks him to do even if it means breaking the law.

During this bizarre ride, the driver subjects Michael to three horrific tales of the macabre including a demon that takes a mother (Lynn Lowry) on a journey of self-discovery and reveals to her the horrifying truth behind her son’s decision to take his own life.

The next tale takes place in the ’80s where a detective is hot on the trail of a serial killer known as The Sledgehammer (Jonathan Tiersten) who is terrorising a video store owner and his wife.

In the final tale, an evil deity is using the human body as a host to possess its victims. When the deity destroys one victim it jumps to another causing an epidemic of possessions being reported.

With a burning desire for the truth behind his abduction and the safety of his family, will Michael have the will to survive the madness?

Terror Tales is released on VOD on January 8, 2019, and and DVD on February 5 by High Octane Pictures.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s fun, gory, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is a great example of an independent film with its heart in the right place. The inclusion of veteran horror actors is fun for die-hard fans of the genre and the anthology format makes its only downfall (lengthy segments) very forgivable.” Horror Geek Life

“I would love to say “this movie blew my mind,” but I can’t. For me, yes the cast is great, but the overall mood is almost non-existent and the audio could use a lot of work. I almost feel like this was too much of an independent production to showcase these talents, because the somewhat low budget atmosphere subtracted from their appeal.” Horror Society

Terror Tales provides a variety of stories and a lot of familiar faces. It’s wonderful to see so many horror veterans in one satisfying production. Be sure to keep watching through the credits for additional scenes and more about the fate of Radical Video…” Indie Horror Online

“It’s clear that Combs had budget imitations when putting Terror Tales together, but his dedication is evident and he manages to include some solid practical and digital effects in each of his tales. He knows his audience and what they want and he delivers. Terror Tales is a fun and entertaining ride.” Movies in Focus

“The wraparound ends on a fairly predictable note but it’s not a totally unsatisfying one either. Which is actually a good way too sum up Terror Tales as a whole. The stories aren’t anything groundbreaking plot wise. They are done well though and certainly deliver the goods on an obviously low budget. On the downside, Terror Tales runs too long at 120 minutes.” Voices from the Balcony

Terror Tales has poor sound quality that a lot of low budget feature suffer from. Overacting, a satire sense of humor that I just didn’t get and possibly the worst sound effects of any movie I’ve ever seen outweigh the good here. Even though it’s just sound effects in the background it’s distracting to the point of taking you out of the stories.” Without Your Head

Main cast:

  • Jennifer Runyon – Bloodsucka Jones vs. The Creeping Death; Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: Revival; Carnosaur; Ghostbusters
  • Ari Lehman – The Black Book; Rock Paper Dead; The BarnFriday the 13th (1980); et al
  • Helene Udy – Stirring; Swamp Freak; My Bloody Valentine
  • Felissa Rose – Swamp Freak; Bethany; Death House
  • Laurene Landon – Maniac Cop
  • Lynn Lowry – Cat People; The Crazies; Shivers; et al
  • Christopher Showerman
  • Jonathan Tiersten – Sleepaway Camp
  • Ashley Park
  • Leana Lewis
  • Yan Birch – The People Under the Stairs
  • Kyrannio Margaros
  • Greg Farinelli
  • Vivienne Bersin
  • Mark Canjar

Running time:

121 minutes

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3 Comments on “Terror Tales – USA, 2016 – reviews”

    1. Hi Rob, thanks for the comment! The film is currently finishing up in post production and being represented at American Film Market next month. Distribution and release date both US and International soon to follow. Thanks!

      Jimmy Lee
      writer, director, producer
      Terror Tales

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