Let’s be honest: this year’s October horror releases have been pretty terrible. The new Child’s Play sequel was released a while back and that silly looking Carrie remake is in the theaters, but that’s about it. If, like me, you were looking forward for some decent theatrical horror releases this month, you’ve been sorely disappointed.
And this is where straight-to-video saves the day. Most people will not have heard about All Hallow’s Eve, which was released yesterday. It is, hands down, the Halloween film of 2013. Mainly because there were no others.
This film is very similar to V/H/S. It’s an anthology with three loosely intertwined stories, all of which feature the delightfully creepy Art the Clown. In spite of the low budget, this clown manages to be sufficiently creepy. There are a few rare moments when he actually got my heart pounding a bit. The movie feels like a nightmare. It’s disjointed and inconsistent, but there’s no denying that it has that something that other films this year have not.