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“VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES” (Film Review)Movies/TV,News,Reviews Jerry Smith
While we’ve seen a recent wall of anthologies hitting genre fans since V/H/S and other horror faves were released, one of the unfortunate facts that have come with many of the multi-story films is that they’re simply not very good or just not consistent. You’ll get a good story then an underwhelming one. A mediocre one, followed by a great one. These conflicting approaches of just throwing multiple unrelated shorts into a pot and giving it a name really gives the once-fun anthology subgenre a bad name and, more times than not, we’re all just tired of seeing them. Thankfully, VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES not only addresses those problems we’ve had in recent anthologies, but is also hands down, the most entertaining anthology in years.
A crime gone wrong; A young couple looking to buy the perfect home together; A stressed out mother wrapping Christmas presents; Fanboys complaining about a remake of a classic slasher film. These are the types of stories which fill VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES.
Taking a very connected thread that runs through the film, VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES follows various holidays, situations, towns and even killers and interweaves them so effortlessly, that it’s a surprise that it’s an indie production. Directors Sean Blevins, John William Holt, Jon Maynard, Nathan Thomas Milliner, Justin M. Seaman, James Treakle and also co-writer P.J. Starks have all worked together to create an interesting mythology, one which keeps the film’s viewer enthralled and on edge the entire time, wondering what will tie-in to the next or previous vignette was have or have yet to experience.
Milliner’s “Murder Death Killer” segment deals with the rampant problem of fandom, where the internet and some fans in general can spew such hatred towards a remake of a film, not realizing that the original beloved film still exists and, if a remake is bad, they don’t have to watch it. It’s an interesting and completely hilarious segment of the film, with quite a few very valid points. Maynard’s “Blood Bath” takes a very psychological approach, which is refreshing, and has a payoff that will make the most diehard horror fan grin from ear to ear.
To be completely honest, every vignette in VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES is excellent, but it would be a disservice to spoil such wonderful plots, that I’ll leave you FANGO readers some mystery to what is in store. Take my word for it, this is one that you not only shouldn’t miss, but one that you should RUN to see. An excellent and viciously gory piece of genre storytelling that will stay with you, long after its end.