Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories A Love Letter To Horror Cinema.
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Film Details
Sean Blevins Segment: Trick or Treat
John William Holt Segment: Feeding Time
Jon Maynard Segment: Blood Bath
Nathan Thomas Milliner Segment: Murder Death Killer, Fear, For Sinners Here
Justin M. Seaman Segment: The Deathday Party
James Treakle Segment: A Killer House
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Release Format: Blu-Ray, DVD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 1h 58min
A couple plans to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door-to-door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?
As a devoted aficionado of the genre, I would say horror anthologies are the perfect end-of-the-day treat. You get to check out a few shorts told by various directors and their individual visions and spend a tremendous time with a lot of blood, guts, and violence. Sounds grotesque but we love it, don’t we?
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is the follow-up anthology of the acclaimed Volumes of Blood released back in 2015. I didn’t get the chance to watch the first one, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is wonderful and every horror enthusiast should watch it.
Distributed by Blood Moon Pictures and highlighting the visions of Sean Blevins, John William Holt, Jon Maynard, Nathan Thomas Milliner, Justin Seaman and James Treakle with an ensemble cast including Cindy Maples, Moses Moseley, Theo Kostaridis, and Thomas Dunbar, this anthology brings seven separate tales that tangle to construct one gorefest thrill ride.
A young couple decides whether or not to buy a new house by walking around with their real estate agent in its several rooms. As they stop to explore them, the house’s history unfolds itself, presenting us the bizarre things that took place there. The seven tales embodied in this feature are Murder Death Killer (Milliner), Trick or Treat (Blevins), A Killer House (Treakle), Feeding Time (Holt), Blood Bath (Maynard), Fear, For Sinners Here (Milliner), and The Deathday Party (Seaman).
One of the greatest things about anthologies is experiencing it with other people because everyone has a point of view about the stories it tells and each one has a favorite. In this anthology, each story was original and rare with amazing insane twists, nevertheless, I had three favorites: Trick or Treat, Feeding Time and Fear, For Sinners Here.
Trick or Treat, as the title implies, takes place around Halloween and tells the story of Mallory (Shelby Taylor Mullins) that finds herself alone at her home after a blind date as a madman strikes wild in her town seeking fresh meat. When a hooded man shows up demanding her to choose between a trick or a treat, things quickly go downhill. I loved these urban legends and how Blevins directed works perfectly well. He also directs the most deranging death scene throughout the whole film.
In Feeding Time we follow again Mallory but this time the story takes place years before – during Thanksgiving – and it’s about a salesman door-to-door that will be fired if he doesn’t sell his products right away. He runs over a house only to find Mallory crying, saying she has a monster in her closet and asking him for help. The story then unfolds badly but their performances are amazing. It felt natural and refreshing.
Fear, For Sinners Here follows Carol (Jessica Schroeder), an anxious woman, making preparations for Christmas Eve. The beginning is a little slow compared to the other stories but I liked it, it changed the pace and it felt right. The suspense was necessary and it works after you stay with it. It has one of the best twists I can remember and it is cruel. I want to say this is the best short I’ve seen in a while, frightening and brutal. Worth a watch for sure.
The performances, pace, editing and practical effects were amazing. The directors worked it out perfectly and the actors did a wonderful job. If you like gore you’ll be happy with Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, there’s a lot in it and it’s not thrown around just for fun, it’s done properly and with technique.
Another reason that keeps the spectator interested and invested in the film is the editing. The film is powerful, colorful and extremely busy. You need to keep going and you long for to watch what comes next. It is perfectly edited, you can’t even recognize which new story is coming up and that’s amazing because you can sense a freedom and a taste behind the making of it; every twist and turn hold the viewer engaged and that’s how it should be in horror movies. We crave to be surprised and interested, and yet sometimes we think we know how the story could unfold, at that same instant we’re surprised. In every story.
Although I liked portion of the beginning, I had a small problem with the performances for the first tale Murder Death Killer… It felt extremely forced and the cinematography was way off with a lot of bright colors and shaky camera. Other than that, I have to admire the opening credits. Editing it in black and white is a bold concept and I love that, give contrast with all the warm tones throughout the film.
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