Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating Halloween with 31 days of horror double feature recommendations. Each day of the week had its own theme, with today’s being Weird Wednesday! And if you want see what you missed, check out the Daily Double schedule.
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On Weird Wednesdays we’ll walk with the movies that go off the beaten path…as though machete-wielding hockey mask killer zombies were ‘normal’ anyways. For this last Daily Double, a light-hearted finale in the spirit of Halloween.
Eleven quickfire short films from 10 different directors, all set within the same suburban town on their most chaotic Halloween night ever. By the end of their shift, the cops and paramedics will have seen babysitter guts ripped inside out, killer organic pumpkins, devils and demons in disguise, and a Jason Voorhees-like who gets the script flipped on him and ends up being the final girl on the run. As the thermodynamic laws that govern film anthologies demand, the collection as a whole is a little creaky and some stories generate more heat than others. Genre name directors like Neil Marshall and Darren Lynn Bousman indulge in their best and worst tendencies, and Axelle Carolyn — married to Marshall at the time and who created this anthology’s concept — does remarkably well in generating tension in something as true-and-tried as a woman walking down the street alone at night. A slinky Adrienne Barbeau narrates in-between segments in a spiritual successor role to her character on The Fog. So if you feel the upcoming Ernest Scared Stupid is too high-brow for you, put on that John Carpenter minor classic in its stead.