All Hallows’ Eve 2 DVD Review
“All Hallows’ Eve 2” is better than the first.
As a devoted fan of the horror anthology genre, I went into the first “All Hallows’ Eve” film hoping for the best. Sadly, aside from Art The Clown, it was a mediocre Halloween centric movie at best. To no surprise, a sequel is now hitting shelves in Feb. for some strange reason, but the good news is that it improves upon the first.
In “All Hallows’ Eve 2,” the film begins with a wraparound story of a woman alone on Halloween who sees someone wearing a pumpkin mask. Stranger still, she discovers a VHS tape on her doorstep. She decides to play the tape and that is when the film cuts to the stories on the tape. The stories involve: BAD pumpkin seeds, creepy trick or treaters during some sort of apocalypse, a father and son making an offering to… something, a woman trapped with a killer, a deranged carnival game, a child who thinks there is something in his bedroom at night, a psychotic man’s Halloween decorations, and unsettling computer happenings.
While “All Hallows’ Eve 2” doesn’t bring anything new to the table (in fact it comes off as a “V/H/S” and “Halloween” knock-off at times), the sequel is leagues better than the first entry. While the absence of Art The Clown is a missed opportunity, it was fun to see creative segments such as the nasty pumpkin seed tale “Jack Attack” and the twisty “Descent.” Sure, not every story is a winner here (I could do without “M Is For Masochist”), but, for horror fans, the movie is at least worth a gander. That’s more than I can say for A LOT of modern home video releases.
Presentation: 2.35:1. How does it look? Each story has a different director and style, but overall, it’s a pretty sharp DVD transfer.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? A perfectly adequate track. No complaints.
Extras: RLJ Entertainment trailers.
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