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All Hallows’ Eve DVD Review

All Hallows' Eve DVD

Art the Clown steals the show in the mediocre “All Hallows’ Eve.”

“All Hallows’ Eve” is a decidedly old school anthological horror film that is reminiscent of the likes of “Tales From The Crypt” and the two recent “V/H/S” films. In the wrap around story to ‘Eve,’ we are introduced to a babysitter (Sarah) who is watching over two kids (Tim and Tia) on Halloween night. While the kids dig through their Trick or Treat bags to look at their loot, Tim comes across a random VHS tape. Curious to see what is on the tape; Tim plays it much to Sarah’s reluctance to let them watch it. The film then cuts to a series of three brutally violent stories. The first tale involves a girl being kidnapped from a train station by a creepy grinning silent clown (Art the Clown). The woman awaken to find herself in a seemingly hellish location where creatures and a creepy cult reside. The second story involves a woman being preyed upon by an uninvited alien visitor in her new home. The third and final story sees a costume designer on the run from the evil Art the Clown. Over the course of the three stories (and in between them), the film cuts back to Sarah and the kids who just might not be alone in the house.

In the first 15 minutes of “All Hallows’ Eve,” my interest was piqued by the old school horror film score, the Halloween setting, the villainous clown, the mostly impressive makeup and costume work, and the “Night of the Living Dead” footage. Unfortunately, it was all downhill after that as the movie becomes plagued by bad dialogue and even worse acting. Now, I can excuse some of the amateur work since this is a very low budget production, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that most of the film is derivative of past horror stories (and even past horror anthology films). The only thing ‘Eve’ really has going for it is the creepy Art the Clown character. When he is on screen, the movie is watchable because actor Mike Giannelli is clearly going all out here to make this horror character as freaky as possible.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1. How does it look? The video quality is not the greatest, but I’m willing to let that slide since this is a low budget feature.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Again, this isn’t the highest quality 5.1 track around, but it’s effective enough.

Extras include 3 RLJ Entertainment trailers and a commentary by writer/director/editor/F/X makeup Damien Leone and Mike Giannelli (who plays Art The Clown). The 2 New Yorkers provide lots of background information about the cast, the score, characters, props, shooting locations, and much more. Honestly, the commentary is more enjoyable than the movie thanks to Leone and Giannelli’s enthusiastic comments.

October 22, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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