Halloween Party – Canada, 2018 – reviews

Halloween Party is a 2018 Canadian horror feature film about an internet meme curse that preys upon its victims worst fears.

Written and directed by Jay Dahl (There Are Monsters), the Northeast Films production stars Amy Groening, T. Thomason, Shelley Thompson, Marletta Laan and Bradley Bailey.

Plot:

They were known as the ‘Halloween Party’, a group of five badly disfigured children who made a pact to take revenge on a world who couldn’t look at them. Unwittingly released from their closet grave via a Halloween-themed computer meme, they now take malevolent joy in terrorising college students with their worst fears.

Can the unlikely pair of bereaved Grace (Amy Groening) and hacker nerd Spencer (T. Thomason) stop the virus spreading before its too late? Or will your worst fears – spiders, alcoholic parents, pigs, the Tall Man, exorcists – come to get you too?

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Packed with effective scares and two very strong lead performances […] Dahl is obviously a big horror fan and Halloween Party unravels like a love letter to the jump-scare horrors that dominated the 80s. I had an absolute ball watching it and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Entertainment Focus

“As the film progresses, the rules of the big bad seem to change around a lot, which gets rather confusing, and the film descends into some generic silliness. It’s a shame, as up until this moment, Halloween Party had a lot going for it: some great dialogue, insane ideas (vagina spiders folks), and some genuinely likeable lead characters.” The Hollywood News

“This campus-set horror movie pairs up a couple of well-worn themes – an internet meme curse and worst fears coming to life – but then brings on a much more interesting rationale for the gory goings-on … with the clever stroke that characters who start out with fairly conventional fears (bears, spiders, pig-men) eventually shift to find out that there’s something out there that scares them much more.” The Kim Newman Web Site

Cast and characters:

  • Amy Groening … Grace
  • T. Thomason … Spencer
  • Shelley Thompson … Barbara MaCail
  • Marletta Laan … Zoe
  • Bradley Bailey … Pigman
  • Scott Bailey … Court
  • Jason Daley … Sam
  • Zach Faye … Bubbles
  • Lisa Hackett … Charlotte
  • Jason Morley … Jimmy
  • Thomas Niles
  • Taylor Olson … Mike
  • Geneviève Steele … Librarian
  • Devon Taylor … O’Brian

Filming locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Technical details:

92 minutes

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