Director: Jacob Perrett
Cast: Taylor Rhoades, Isabella Rodriguez, Rose Spencer
Production Company: Fame Cinema
Runtime: 87 minutes
Anthology films have always worked best when associated with the horror tradition. There’s something about short terror tales that just work. Director Jacob Perrett gives us a collection of stories that are both chilling and entertaining in Weird Fiction (2018).
The movie begins with a framing sequence that features a strange host who only identifies himself as The Collector. He shares spooky horror stories with his audience in the classic style that made EC Comics and Tales from the Crypt so memorable.
Goodnight Daddy is a segment that pays tribute to slasher cinema. People are dying in the town of Bakersfield and some enterprising young people are trying to get to the bottom of it. There are a few nods to Halloween (1978) in this one that are particularly spot on.
Night of the Sitter is like an adult version of an old Goosebumps episode. A babysitter has to deal with a weird kid and his freaky dummy. This segment also features some footage from Night of the Living Dead (1968) that’s playing on a television.
The Incubus is a vampire tale influenced by films of the 1980s. A porn star has an encounter with a supernatural creature that changes his life forever. Perrett has stated that Fright Night (1985) was one inspiration for this segment, but I see some An American Werewolf in London (1981) in there too!
Cosmic Terror is a down-to-earth tale about an impending alien invasion. Two sisters discover that a being from another world has landed in their backyard. The makeup and costume for the alien known as Squid are both very cool. Night of the Living Dead takes another bow too…
The entire movie has a wonderful 80s vibe that makes it fun to watch. It definitely fits right in with classic anthologies from that era like The Monster Club (1981), Creepshow (1982), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), and Deadtime Stories (1986).
The individual concepts explored in this film also come from a vast range of themes within the horror genre. There’s plenty of variety here, and most horror fans will be very pleased with the results. Weird Fiction provides intriguing bedtime stories, before smothering you with a pillow…
– John Migliore
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