Movie Review: ALL HALLOW’S EVE (2013)

Good evening creeps, Fiend’s and late night lurkers. Tonight I am reviewing a disturbing tale entitled “All Hallow’s Eve” written and directed by Damien Leone.

While watching two children on Halloween night, a babysitter finds an old VHS tape in the kids’ trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. As the night goes on strange things begin to occur in the house. It isn’t long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth… the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality.

– Written by anonymous

Before I saw this movie I was convinced it was not yet released and was anticipating its release as an independent film this October, around Halloween time. Come to find out it was released in 2013 so I did not have to wait to watch it. Which was actually frustrating because I had been talking about my anticipation of the movie to some of my friends.

Let us flash forward through 5 minutes of dialogue. The acting of the babysitter and kids is pretty horrible. It actually made me laugh a little and kind of want to turn it off. I mean the little boy, I can’t remember his name (which is irrelevant anyways) is probably one of the least convincing child actors I have seen in awhile. The little girl was a better actor than him but I am pretty sure it is because her lines were pretty limited.

This movie features the worst babysitter. Who pops in a vhs tape that was placed in a little kids trick or treat bag? You can count on finding some weird stuff like a guy masturbating or *SPOILER ALERT*  some twisted murderous shit.

The first time the movie shows the clown in a subway station I was thinking “Okay! This movie is going to get better!” Honestly all this clown has to do is smile the whole movie and that would be creepy enough. He only continues to get creepier throughout the movie as he makes frequent appearances.

The storyline is kind of loose so while you are watching it you may have a difficult time following but I think that adds to the scare factor. It gave me a bit of an uncomfortable feeling in my gut during some scenes. That is something I find about a lot of independent movies because they have the flexibility to take stuff to another level. This movie definitely does attempt to achieve a new level of strange. It is not something you would see in a typical theatre. Which is probably for the best anyways.

There were times where I felt myself getting a little anxious rooting for victims throughout the movie but also excited to see them die. There were some pretty brutal scenes, a lot of gore. I enjoyed that because it always adds to the gross factor and adds to a certain level of uncomfortability for myself.

All in all the movie kept me entertained. Here is my rating for “All Hallows Eve”

Story/Concept: 1
Direction/Style: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Rewatchability: 2
TOTAL: 6/10

Closing my review I just wanted to share with you there is a section of the movie that I found to be pretty hilarious. If you watch it I am sure you will know what I am referring to and will more than likely agree with me.

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