Monday, November 21, 2016

Creature Feature

Director - Chase Smith (Realm of Souls, Buried Cain)
Starring - Tenille Houston (How I Met Your Mother, Dark Highway), Jason Vail (Boo! A Madea Halloween, Family Possessions), and Giana Alexis Cambria (Mister White, Stories of the Paranormal)
Release Date - 2015
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "Choose your own nightmare"
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
     Around this time last year, November 27th to be exact, I watched and reviewed the film Realm of Souls.  The film's cover artwork made me think it would be an unoriginal and dull viewing but the film was actually pretty damn good.  In fact, it was one of the few films I have revisited after reviewing it.  Since then I have been buried under a sea of horror films that I have to review and completely forgot about it until I was sent the anthology film Creature Feature from my friends over at Brain Damage Films.  I tossed it in and after a few minutes I was impressed by the look and fill of the film.  I immediately went to and discovered that this anthology was directed by Chase Smith who was responsible for Realm of Souls.  I want to thank you guys for sending this well made anthology my way to check out!
     The film follows two guys and a girl who are all attending a costume party when they meet three beautiful women.  While everyone else decides to party around them, they decide to start telling stories.  The first follows a young woman who is babysitting while the parents go out for a little fun.  The kids are afraid of clowns but the young girl notices a life sized clown statue in their living room.  After she puts the kids to sleep she has her boyfriend come over but things turn bloody when she learns that the family never had a clown statue in the home...  The second story follows the parents from the first tale who are attending an orgy when someone from their past returns from the grave to exact his revenge.  The third tale follows a group of twenty-somethings who are spending a night in a cabin where they plan on getting a little ass but what they don't expect is a scarecrow who is pissed off at one of them to crash the party and kill everyone there.  The fourth tale follows a hermit who prefers to keep to himself.  Two teenagers decide to break into his home but they picked the wrong night to do so.  After the stories the two men and woman noticed that everyone has left the party and they are all alone.  Soon, "Jack" arrives with the beasts from the tales and their lives are on the line.
     Creature Feature had one of those covers that pulls you in and makes your mind wonder.  There is so much going on that you can't fathom the amount of awesome that is on it.  You can see it above.  The cover is pure joy for any horror fan.  I was afraid it was going to be better than the movie but lucky for us the movie is just as good.  The acting in this one is great.  We get some solid performances throughout the stories but the wrap around segment, the one involving the ones telling the stories, was a little flat.  The cast in this segment has a hard time finding emotions.  The tales themselves were very well acted.  The cast showed a lot of dedication to their roles.  We also see Horror Society friend Jason Vail in two of the tales.  Vail is one hell of an actor but I could have went without seeing his sex face...which is something I'm sure my wife says about me.  The stories for these are pretty fun but its hard not to see a comparison to the wildly popular Halloween anthology Trick r' Treat.   Especially the one following the old hermit who lives alone in his home and someone (Sam) breaks in.  With that being said, the tales are still great and the film offers up a ton of entertainment.  The two connected tales following the babysitter and then the zombie breaking up the sex party was pretty entertaining.  They both played well off each other and offered up two completely different monsters while keeping the characters interlocked.  This was great.  The following tales, the hermit, the scarecrow, and the wrap around segment are great as well.  The Hermit hits you with an entertaining twist that reminded me a lot of the late 80s and early 90s movies I would rent at the local ma and pop video store mixed with an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark.  The Scarecrow tale was fun as well but felt rushed.  There wasn't as much atmosphere and tension as the other tales.  Finally, the wraparound segment had so much potential but wasted it.  It, just like The Scarecrow, felt rushed and the story was not used effectively.  Finally, the film does have some blood and gore.  Most of the kills are quick shots and then camera tricks take over.  We do not fully get to enjoy the kills but the effects are great and the blood is red!  Overall, Creature Feature is a welcomed addition to your Halloween viewing.  The monsters look amazing, the cast is solid, and the gore is great.  Check it out, it is well worth your time.

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