Anthology horror films are all the rage these days with some of them delivering the goods and others feeling like a waste of time. When All Hallow’s Eve hit DVD in 2013 it looked to put its own mark on the genre and while it worked on some level still fell a bit short. Thanks to the format they are able to give it another shot with the aptly titled All Hallows’ Eve 2, but does it step up its game and deliver what it hoped or will it not be worth the treats it delivers?
All Hallows’ Eve 2 follows a young woman alone on Halloween who finds a mysterious VHS tape on her doorstep-a tape that shows a series of gruesome and ghastly tales that appear to be all too real. But these terrifying glimpses of damned souls are not the only horrors that stalk her. A sinister, pumpkin-faced killer is using the videotape as a portal into our reality; and if he makes it through, this twisted trickster seeks only one “treat”: blood. This time around they have ditched the creepy clown, the best part of the first film for an all-new tormentor and it delivers on the fun. The stories this time around are a lot more gruesome and fun making this entry far above the original. There is a mix of straight horror and fun this time around that all manage to bring something to the table that fans will love. With these types of films in this genre there will likely be a mixed bag of what fans relate to and enjoy, but this one seemed to be trying to keep it moving with very little lag time and just enough of a variety to include a little something for everyone.
While this film isn’t breaking down any barriers in the genre and you have most likely seen some of this before in another capacity, that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. Whether you have seen the first film or not, but enjoy these sorts of horror anthology films then give All Hallows’ Eve 2 a try.