Director: Jimmy Lee Combs
Cast: Laurene Landon, Ari Lehman, Yan Birch
Production Company: Heart and Fire Productions
Runtime: 121 minutes
There’s nothing better than a well-turned tale while on a leisurely drive. Unless you’re being kidnapped at the time. Then, it’s just creepy. Director Jimmy Lee Combs brings us four scary stories in Terror Tales (2016), his entertaining anthology film.
In the movie, a man is abducted and taken on a hellish car ride by a complete psychopath. His family is being held hostage in a cargo trailer attached to the very same vehicle. He is then subjected to three horrific stories by his fiendish captor…
Christopher Showerman from The Land That Time Forgot (2009) plays the evil driver who likes to tell gruesome tales. All of his stories have a point, even if they’re only meant to terrify his victim. Showerman is cool and collected in the role, with just the right hint of insanity.
In By Proxy, a writer reflects on the life and death of her young son. A demonic guide takes her on an enlightening journey through the events of his short life. It’s a very psychological story, that has a touch of the supernatural for good measure.
Lynn Lowry from Exposure (2018) and Shivers (1975) is captivating in the remarkably dramatic role of Susan McKay. The Ink Demon’s amazing makeup is further enhanced by digital effects, making him an awesome sight to behold.
Radical Video tells the story of a police detective on the trail of a sledgehammer killer. This segment is set in the 80s and is filled with the looks and fashions of the time. It also takes place in a movie rental store for the most part, which just adds to its enduring charm.
Laurene Landon from Maniac Cop (1988) gives us a wacky performance as Miss Tate. She’s hilarious and more than a little crazy in the role. Jonathan Tiersten from Sleepaway Camp (1983) is menacing and ruthless as The Sledgehammer.
In Epidemic, a rash of demonic possessions leads a faithless preacher into an epic encounter with pure evil. He’s not really up for the challenge, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. There’s some wild makeup effects in this story too…
This segment also has Ari Lehman from Friday the 13th (1980), Felissa Rose from Victor Crowley (2017), Helen Udy from My Bloody Valentine (1981), Yan Birch from The People Under the Stairs (1991) and Jennifer Runyon from Bloodsucka Jones vs. The Creeping Death (2017).
Terror Tales provides a variety of stories and a lot of familiar faces. It’s wonderful to see so many horror veterans in one satisfying production. Be sure to keep watching through the credits for additional scenes and more about the fate of Radical Video…
– John Migliore
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