10/31 – USA, 2017 – reviews

 
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‘Blood soaked tales of horror and the macabre’

10/31 – aka 10.31 – is a 2017 American horror anthology film directed by:

  • Brett DeJager (Cryptids; Bonejangles; The Legend of Cooley Moon) – ‘The Halloween Blizzard of ’91’ segment
  • Rocky Gray – ‘The Samhain Slasher’ segment
  • Zane Hershberger (Cryptids; short: Devilution) – ‘Trespassers’ segment
  • John William Holt (Volumes of Blood: Horror StoriesThe Dooms Chapel Horror) – ‘Killing The Dance’ segment
  • Hunter Johnson (2 Jennifer) – ‘Malvolia: the Queen of Screams’ segment
  • Justin M. Seaman (Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories; The Barn) – ‘The Old Hag’ segment

The Red Letter Entertainment film stars Cindy Maples, Jennifer Nangle and Jordan Phipps.

Former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray (who composed the soundtracks for The Barn and Killing Floor: Uncovered) makes his directorial debut. The 10/31 soundtrack also includes bands such as Rebel Flesh and They Act Human.

A sequel, 10/31 Part II, will be released in 2019.

Review:

With five gruesome tales over Halloween nights (think Trick ‘r Treat), all ending in some nasty twist, I was drawn in immediately. Let’s begin with The Old Hag…

A pair of young, entrepreneur men are interviewing with a bed and breakfast caretaker for a commercial shoot to promote the property and services. The house is beautiful, the gentlemen are eager and the caretaker, Kathy is, well…tired. She’s very pleasant and extremely excited to begin the filming process, even offering the young men rooms in case the filming goes late into the night. Of course, she continues yawning and guzzling coffee like it’s going off the market.


Meanwhile, Tyler immediately inspects the home to take notes and begins to have visions. He literally, walks in on an elderly woman in the bathroom and assumes she is a guest at the Inn. But when she appears on camera, in “empty” rooms and then grabs his hand, Tyler gets spooked and wants to bolt.
This old hag has an agenda and it’s deliciously clever when we find out what that really is at the end.

Trespassers is just creepy. A first date on Halloween ends up disastrous, as two twenty-somethings  venture out to an old estate to check on a haunted scarecrow that apparently drove a farmer to slay his entire family. Yes, I also hear The Amityville Horror reference here, but this goes in a different direction that give it a unique twist. Brutal fun!

And then, on to a homage for Friday the 13th. ‘Killing the Dance’ is my favourite horror short in this anthology. It features 80’s clothes, a roller rink of cheesy music and guys with mullets. How could you not love this? Ashley is a pretty teenager who clearly loves her little brother, but is at odds with their mother. On Halloween night, she takes her masked brother to work (a roller rink) with plans of not going home after her shift. Arguing with her older looking boyfriend who sports a p*rn-stache and a cliché amidst every other statement, it’s clear that Ashley is not a happy girl and wants to escape this humdrum life.

And just when things can’t get any more dismal… a costumed cowboy begins swinging a sharp razor blade around the roller rink. It’s such bloody fun and a throwback to the glam decade of pop horror. The ending will definitely spark the Jason reference I made earlier. clears throat.

With a few additional tales of terror, and our sultry host Malvolia (a new Elvira?), this is a home run of bloodsoaked tricks and treats!

Meredith Brown, MOV!ES and MAN!A

Other reviews:

10/31 is a film that was made for horror fans by horror fans.  It’s an entertaining and fast-moving anthology film, with the five separate parts actually coming together very well.  It’s a film that pays loving homage to horror history and one that I think any horror fan will enjoy.” Lisa Marie Bowman, Horror Critic

 

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