I really enjoyed this movie. Remember in the '80s when horror anthology movies like Creepshow and Cat's Eye came out? This is like a throwback to those, with five different stories that intersect together. Tying all of the stories together is the presence of Sam, a mysterious costumed child who makes sure that people are respecting the traditions of Halloween, or else. I'm not going to say too much about the individual stories, because it's more fun if you don't know too much about what's coming, but there's poisoned candy, dead children, and hot chicks being followed into the woods...
After an opening scene, the credits play over a comic book styled introduction. This reminded me of another great show from the '80s, Amazing Stories, and how they adapted old pulp stories for the screen. It also gives you some idea of what's ahead in the rest of the movie - I actually rewound to this once I'd watched the whole thing, just to see which comic panels fit into which stories.
Somehow this movie played the festival rounds and then went straight to video without a theatrical release. I really don't understand that decision. I mean, it's not the Citizen Kane of horror movies or anything, but it's an enjoyable Halloween movie that isn't filled with wall-to-wall torture or yawningly predictable plot twists. It's got a strong cast, including Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, and Leslie Bibb, so it's not exactly full of no-names. I'd recommend it to any horror fan.
I give it five Jack-o'-lanterns out of five!
That brings Project Horror to a close. Please stay tuned tomorrow for my wrap up and final thoughts!