All Hallows Eve Movie Review

Christopher Horton

All Hallows' Eve DVD“All Hallows Eve” is a rare animal. Ill get to the reasons why, in this review. But I do want to throw a disclaimer out there: Not everyone will think this film is awesome.

The Film begins with a babysitter, watching two kids on Halloween night. The kids have been out trick or treating and they are going through their candy. Well, they happen to find a video tape in one of the candy bags.  Begging to watch the tape, the kids finally convince the babysitter to put it in the VCR to see whats on it. And so the horror begins….

The film is done in anthology style, much like “VHS”. The babysitter watches each installment on the video tape, and notices that things in the real world start to get creepier with every story. She continues watching, after the children have gone to bed. Reality shifts more and more into a nightmare, with each story she witnesses. Until finally the nightmare is right there with her.

If you read my other reviews, you’ll notice I am pretty brutal when it comes to rating a movie. Sometimes I am borderline abusive. I wont hesitate to backhand an awful movie all around the house, calling it names and degrading it to tears.  I call it how I see it.  But like I said earlier, this film isn’t for everyone. let’s get down to the details, shall we?

I would give this one a good rating just based on the creepy clown character that makes an appearance in all of the stories. This clown is badass. If you didn’t have a fear of clowns before watching this, you certainly will afterwards. Everything about the character is scary as Hell, and I could see him becoming a franchise if this film does well. His name is “Art The Clown” and he is the common thread of evil in all of the stories.

Speaking of the stories, let’s go ahead and summarize them for you:

  1. A Demonic cult lives in the under-workings of a train station
  2. A woman living in the middle of nowhere has a close encounter
  3. A young girl lost on the highway runs into a psycho, that will follow her anywhere.
  4. The babysitter wrap-around story

The film is definitely low budget. Like, you might be able to buy a couple used Hondas with the money they spent on this. That being said, the effects are all practical. The only problem: Sometimes they work. Sometimes they fall flat. But look at it this way, at least they didn’t use any cheap CGI. This is going to be the dividing line for most of you. Either you will be able to excuse the cheap effects and gore, and enjoy the movie, or you will hate it. There really isn’t much room for middle ground here. Some of it looks great, some of it looks lame. The different settings all look great, especially the creepy train station.

The shooting style is a hybrid of found-footage, and voyeuristic. Both  styles seem to put you into the movie. The styles are very diverse as well. It is the same director throughout the film, but each segment has it’s own style and feel. So if you thought the previous segment was lame, then the next one might shock you.

There is a good bit of cheese in the dialogue as well. Once again, this is a possible dividing factor. The movie has plenty of campy moments. The acting is OK. No one in this film will be winning an Oscar anytime soon.

So if you can get past cheesy acting, lackluster effects and gore, The maybe you will see it for what it is: Fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if this style of film is something you enjoy then check it out! I honestly think there is more to like, than to dislike with this one.

A little trivia: After doing a little post-research, I have found that director Damien Leone has been working on this film for quite a while. Two of the stories ( “Terrifier” and “9th Circle”) have been shorts on youtube for the past 5 years. He added material and used the original shorts to compile “All Hallows Eve”.

4 / 5 stars     


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      1. Savage Shane Sullivan December 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        Is this movie any good? I saw it at walmart lastnight.

        • nate February 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

          Hell yes this movie Is scary. Only a hand full of movies got me so scared that it made me want to either look away, pause the film of turn it off entirely this one made me want to take a hammer to my screen, jesus pleasus. wow what an amazing film.

      2. Auty Knight December 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        I want to see this!

      3. Raul TheMexican Carbajal December 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        I downloaded that 2 nights ago and it looks promising. Low budget or not people tend to forget that sometimes those are the REAL horror movies! Halloween probably cost half this movie and still terrifies people decades later!

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      4. Thomas Kozlowski Jr December 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        I just watched it and for low budget I thought it was pretty decent

      5. Katie Doherty December 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        That picture alone is scary. Something about black and white clown make-up is just twice as bad as regular make-up.

      6. Hani Awad Bajsair December 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        fucking creepy.

      7. Charlie Cha Reed December 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        watched couple of days ago not bad at all

      8. Mike Gravelle December 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        Awesome fucking movie

      9. Christopher Horton December 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        This one will be a staple for Halloween night movie parties from now on.

      10. Mickey HotRod Marshall December 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        So crap

      11. Rebecca Riker December 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        Horrible movie!

      12. hersuburbancottage December 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        After seeing hundreds of horror movies, I rarely see a film that bothers me after it’s over. I had nightmares about Art the Clown after watching this. The acting wasn’t great and I only really enjoyed the part with the girl lost on the highway, but overall it was entertaining. Any film that employs an element that can unnerve me after it ends is a winner for me.

      13. James Linden December 2, 2013 at 1:00 am

        Acting sucks but you can’t stop watching it……the clowns pull you in!
        Tres Creepy!!!!

      14. James Linden December 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

        Enjoyed it though…watched it last night.

      15. Kianya Leszkovics December 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

        Great Horror! I love Low budget Horror movies and this def grabbed my attention.

      16. joe December 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

        This movie is creepy and disturbing. I haven’t been creeped out in a long time. But this did it.

      17. Raul TheMexican Carbajal December 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        ITunes download :-)

      18. Raul TheMexican Carbajal December 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        That’s how I found out about it lol

      19. Goibster December 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        I love horror anthologies so I’ll give it a go. Not keen on found footage movies so it’ll be my first. Good review.

      20. suitedclub December 6, 2013 at 5:06 am

        I actually liked this movie. It had some cool shorts involved, and they were pretty cool. I would not have put the clown on the front cover, but whatever. I liked his playfulness in some of the shorts and it reminded me of how creepy clowns can be. I thought some of the acting was bad… but it was something that could be easily overlooked by the storytelling. All Hallow’s Eve kept my attention, and never seemed too slow, so that was a plus. 3.5/5

      21. Yahoo Thom December 9, 2013 at 4:50 am

        This was one of the scariest “B” movies I have ever seen….total gross out and kept me on the edge….the character were nightmarish, and will haunt your imagination night after night…

      22. Chris Paull April 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

        I have a theory that it’s an homage to classic cult horror flicks—couple examples—Address on the house the babysitter is at is “237”, ergo, The Shining. The VHS reference, as well as the ring reference, It, and NUMEROUS slasher movies are referenced in this movie. I thought it was such a creative plot idea. If you saw this in the plot shout out what you noticed.

        • Chris Paull April 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

          Also the eyes wide shut references, I think. This may just be another massive tribute to Kubrick

      23. DaneGerous September 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        This movie is damn good!! That damn clown grabs you and does not let go!! Im nowhere near scared of clowns but this will make you think twice about them.

      24. Miss Ann Thrope March 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        Chris Paull: there is nothing remotely Kubrick-esque about this movie

      25. NoPoet April 29, 2017 at 11:20 pm

        Finally, a horror film review I agree with. The acting tended toward being naff. It looked very much like a made for TV, super low budget effort, not something America typically does well. But… this is some really disturbing stuff, I’d even go as far as to call it nightmare fuel. A clown can’t get to his victim through the barred door so HE BURROWS THROUGH THE EARTH WITH HIS HANDS AND COMES UP THROUGH THE FLOOR. Also the alien, while borderline embarrassing, somehow managed to scare the crap out of me. Well worth a look if you liked V/H/S or Sinister.