‘Bloody stories of the macabre’
Halloween Horror Tales – original title: Horror Tales – is a 2018 American horror anthology feature film produced and directed by actor and filmmaker Jeff Kirkendall (The Temptress shorts Night Therapy; The Green-Eyed Monster) from a screenplay co-written with Joe Bagnardi. The Very Scary Productions movie stars Mel Heflin, Bruce G. Hallenbeck, Deana Demko and Kathryn Sue Young.
An anthology horror movie featuring four stories:
‘Die Laughing’ – A psychotic killer clown is stalking a young woman.
‘The Horror Hostess’ – A movie scream queen gets more than she bargained for when she is interviewed by a TV talk show hostess.
‘The Bad Flower’ – A nature run amok tale.
‘The Hunt’ – The story of an FBI agent investigating a series of brutal murders in a small town.
” …much of the action takes place during the day. This offers very little opportunity for dramatic lighting or dark shadows that help make horror suspenseful. On the other hand, it does help avoid the indie stigma of being so woefully underlit that you can’t see the action […] Overall, I’d suggest this one to any horror or anthology fan.” Free and Indie Cinema Movie Reviews
“On its surface this film is hilariously amateurish, as if a group of friends had got together to produce a fun five-minute film and just kept going. As soon becomes apparent, though, it’s actually amateurishly hilarious, and with its zero production values, all-round oddness and, um, unsophisticated acting performances, it reminded me somewhat of a John Waters film.” Seymour SP
Cast and characters:
- Mel Heflin … Rebecca Blaze
- Bruce G. Hallenbeck … Clown – author of many genre-related books such as Comedy Horror Films; Monsters of New Jersey; Hammer Fantasy & Sci-Fi and Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters: The American International Story
- Deana Demko … Leanna Stark
- Kathryn Sue Young … Jeana Dark
- Joe Bagnardi … Guy in Office
- Haley Beauregard … Teen Vandal
- Jennifer Birn … Ms. Rusa / Actor on TV / Caroline / EMT #2
- Brittany Boivin … Barbara
- James Carolus … Shawn / Guy in Car / Cyrus Linden
- Lucas Connor … Joe
- Scott Danni … Jimmy Rogers
- Marie DeLorenzo … Hostess / Elizabeth Johnson
- Bob Donlon Bob Donlon … Photographer
- David Lee Ford … Police Officer
- Tim Hatch … Johnny / Creature Jeana / Guy Playing Basketball / Darren Johnson
- Jeff Kirkendall … Bill / Masked Stalker
- Michael Korotitsch … Victim / Actor on TV / Angry Citizen
- Jamie Morgan … Katie
- Amy Naple … Cindy
- Mark Polonia … Camera Operator
- Marilyn Semerad … Ms. Thorne
- Florence Steinberg … Camille
- Pat Whalen … EMT #1
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