Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Movie Review: VOICES FROM THE GRAVE
VOICES FROM THE GRAVE
Directed by Laurence Holloway, Richard Stoudt
As I have stated in posts before, I am a huge fan of anthology movies. The CREEPSHOW films are probably my favorites of all time, but there are tons of good ones out there. The recently released ABC's OF DEATH and V/H/S films have made the anthology film popular again. While these are big budget type of anthology films, I have also seen and appreciate some of the lower budget ones that have come out over the past few years, including Scarlet Fry's JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST and NIGHTMARE ALLEY. VOICES FROM THE GRAVE is similar to those last couple of films, as it is a very low budget anthology film, but it shows you that you don't need a huge budget to make an entertaining film.
VOICES FROM THE GRAVE is comprised of 3 different tales. Here is a description of the film from the movies official website:
This Anthology film deals with deadly spirits, back from the grave with vengeance in mind. Myles Brandt is a Horror fiction fan that wanders into a mysterious bookstore in search of something different. He finds a book and in the corner of this bookstore begins to read three tales of supernatural horror.
From Filmmakers Richard Stoudt and Laurence C. Holloway comes a terrifying film experience called “Voices from the Grave”. Three tales of terror, including one story adapted from the work of master horror writer Gary Brandner author of “The Howling”, to make your flesh creep and your heart race!
“Invitation” based on a short story by Gary Brandner, tells the creepy tale of Len Krager, a life loser who attends a party he’ll never forget!
“All Hallows’ Eve” is an exercise in suspense and atmosphere set on an eventful Halloween night. Robert Mundy is bitter since the accidental death of his brother, who returns as a vengeful ghost, seeking retribution.
In the turbo-charged yarn “Re-Possessed”, we find young Jeff purchasing a killer car for a killer deal…not knowing the car wants his body and soul!
A true exercise in style and terror, ‘Voices from the Grave’ will thrill any horror fan.
Very seldom with a horror anthology such as this do you get all the stories to be real winners. There seems to always be at least one story that is not on par with the others. For me, that story was the “Invitation” segment. This was the middle story and I found it to be rather slow and just not much substance to it. But, the segment before and after this one made up for it for sure! And remember, this is obviously just my opinion, as someone else might find “Invitation” to be their favorite segment. It just did not do anything for me, personally.
My favorite was probably the first segment called “All Hallows’ Eve”. This was a creepy story about a boy who was killed in a drunk driving accident after a Halloween party. He then returns the next Halloween to seek revenge on those that let him die. I have always been a big fan of these "Monkey's Paw" type of stories. “Re-Possessed” was my other favorite, as I have always been a big fan of possessed car films for some reason. You wouldn't think there would be that many films about possessed vehicles, but there really are! This is a nice addition to possessed car films.
VOICES FROM THE GRAVE is a must-see for fans of low budget horror. The film is currently seeking distribution, so hopefully a DVD will be available soon!
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website