Release date: 9/11/2020
Description: Welcome to tonight’s feature presentation, brought to you by an unholy alliance of our spellcasters at Hex Publishers and movie-mages at the Colorado Festival of Horror. Please be advised that all emergency exits have been locked for this special nostalgia-curdled premiere of death. From crinkling celluloid to ferocious flesh—from the silver screen to your hammering heart—behold as a swarm of werewolves, serial killers, Satanists, Elder Gods, aliens, ghosts, and unclassifiable monsters are loosed upon your auditorium. Relax, and allow our ushers to help with your buckets of popcorn—and blood; your ticket stubs—and severed limbs; your comfort candy—and body bags. Kick back and scream as you settle into a fate worse than Hell. Tonight’s director’s cut is guaranteed to slash you apart.
This is a group fun ya style 80’s spooky stories that will take you back to that fun time in the 80’s with wide imagination and group of friends in your jean jackets.
What I thought:
No complex stories here. I loved it. Just fun gross simple young adult 80’s style stories that you would have read at the time.
I loved the cover and illustration in this book. It sort of reminded me of Vhs tapes and later books such as goosebumps or r.l stine.
Please do read the intro. it explains so much and adds alot to the reading experience. I had a blast reading through the gross stories like with parasites. eek!! It was a fun flashback. The cover would make for a great poster.
What some others thought:
Raise your hand if you’re a sucker for cheesy B-horror/sci-fi movies. If your hand is raised, this anthology is for you. It’s essentially a love letter to all those movies that are so bad you have no choice but to love them. In this anthology, you have 14 different short stories that touch upon different topics but that all have a movie theater aspect or setting to tie them together. Whether you’re a fan of werewolves, bugs that burrow into your ear and take over your mind, or haunted theaters, you’re bound to find something to pique your interest.
As is the case for anthologies, there are stories that fall slightly shorter than others. I don’t think every story was great, but there were some definite standouts, such as “Helluloid” and “Creature Feature.” This whole thing gave me such Creepshow vibes, and I really enjoyed it despite some shaky moments and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good scare.
“Screen Haunt” by Orrin Grey delivers everything I could want in a perfect Halloween story. I want to see someone do cosplay as the monsters from this story’s film. Also, this delivers the thesis statement for Orrin’s oeuvre as well as this book:
“Movies don’t scare me,” I tell my therapist at our second or third session, when she asks me why I want to make scary movies. “They’re, like, the only things that don’t scare me. So, of course, I want them to.”