Darren Bousman, Neil Marshall & More to Tell 'Tales of Halloween'
The offerings on the big screen for Halloween this weekend are pretty weak with the only straight-up horror film in wide release being last weekend's holdover of Ouija. But if you're looking for a fun, thrilling, crazy ride, you should definitely check out Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. However, it seems appropriate as All Hallow's Eve approaches that we get news of a holiday centric horror anthology in the works. Following in the footsteps of films like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, Epic Pictures Group is working on a new collection of horror shorts called Tales of Halloween, with 10 segments from 11 directors. More below!
Deadline reports filmmakers include Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Neil Marshall ("Game of Thrones," The Descent), Joe Begos (Almost Human, not the TV show), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) and John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), and Paul Solet (Grace). Some of these filmmakers are good friends, calling themselves The October Society, while others have worked with Epic before. Marshall says:
“It’s so great to be working with such a unique and talented group of directors. Many of ‘The October Society’ have been friends for years, so when Axelle had the idea of combining our talents for an anthology based on our mutual love of Halloween and all things scary, it was a no-brainer.”
All of the shorts will be set in a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night. Of course, this project is at American Film Market, so there's a chance we won't hear about it for awhile, and it could disappear completely. But horror anthologies seem to thrive, even if they're more low key releases and not huge theatrical blockbusters. Honestly, I never get tired of these anthologies, because sometimes horror stories aren't meaty enough to fill a whole feature film, but still deserve to be told and give us the chills, so here's hoping Tales of Halloween makes it in front of cameras.