PLOT: A babysitter watches a VHS left in a child’s candy bag, which features a series of gruesome shorts.
I think I’ve seen the key art for All Hallow’s Eve for the last few years doing this marathon and, for whatever reason, I’ve never clicked on it until now. I’ve toyed with it a few times, but never fully committed. And now, having watched it, I’m not sure if I’m better off for having seen it or not. One of the main issues I have with this movie is sort of petty and it primarily has to do with how this film was put together.
All Hallow’s Eve is actually a stitched-together series of films that were produced independently from each other which is, in of itself, not a big deal. In this film, however, they are presented as films that are real life, maybe? Like, it’s sort of fourth-wall breaking to have these movies that look like movies, with shot-reverse-shot and complete coverage, and then they wind up maybe being found footage films. At the very least, the last one is confirmed to have been real, so it’s a mixed message of sorts. When you make that sort of confirmation, it makes you think too much about everything else. Was the alien story real? Was the demon raping a woman real?
I will say, though, I found the last story and the finale to the framing device to work better than the rest of the film and it more or less justified this Art the Clown character being something that this filmmaker has clung to, especially with the Terrifier revitalizing him in a full-length story. The fourth-wall break at the end, similar to the US version of The Ring, was a move I was hoping they would do, and while I guess that means it was predictable, I appreciated the fact they did it.
All Hallows Eve kind of feels shoehorned at points. I think a more fleshed-out framing device could have carried this movie if paired with the last VHS story they wound up watching. The other stories just kind of expanded the runtime and I found myself disinterested in those aspects of the film. But, I guess, the film sort of redeemed itself in the final act.
OVERALL RATING 5.5 out of 10