Last year was a banner year for the horror genre (It Follows, Bone Tomahawk, We are Still Here) and 2016 gets off to a good and creepy genre start with this anthology offering.
From the producers of the uneven V/H/S series, this consists of 4 short films tied together with themes of guilt and dread. It’s remarkable how well the work of four different directors binds together in one dread-inducing piece.
The film starts with two blood covered men driving in the desert as they notice floating death skeletons observing their actions. This segment ends badly for the duo, and things just get stranger and nastier as the film progresses to a story about a girl rock band that ingests strange meat served by a weird guy (Dana Gould) who is more than likely a Satanist. This is followed by a dude looking for his sister in an eerie town, and it’s the stuff of nightmares (Oh, that ending!). Then there’s the story of a home invasion where a family is targeted for reasons unknown.
The whole thing wraps up with a tasty twist that caught me by surprise. This is a low budget affair, but that works in its favor because the special effects feel very old school. The score is reminiscent of, yes, John Carpenter (many directors go for that vibe, and I have no problem with that) and the performances are solid throughout.
There were many moments in this movie where I was legitimately scared and uncomfortable while watching it. Bravo!