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Cast: Nick Frangione, Artem Mishin, Jan Cornet, Brian Dorton, Javier Botet
Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Five of horror's most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like Creepshow, Tales From the Crypt, V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror.
"The Horror Network" is another in a long line of Anthology Horror Films. The film consists of five short films, they are as follows:
"3: 00 AM"- Directed by Lee Matthews. The film tells the story of a woman who receives odd and concerning phones in the early morning hours. I enjoyed this short but not as much as some of the others. The main reason for this is the use of loud noises that are uses to create scares. It does work at times but the noise becomes a bit annoying and hard on the ears after a while.
The second short is called "Edward." This short was directed by Joseph Graham and it tells the story of a young man who is in therapy for his sleep walking but as the session movies along his doctor begins to think there is a lot more wrong with Edward. I really enjoyed this short, the story builds on tension and suspense very slowly as details of the young man's problem begin to surface. The two main leads did a fantastic job playing off each other.
The third film is called, "The Quiet." This is one of my favorite shorts in the film. It evolves around a young school girl who is bullied because she is deaf in one ear and needs a hearing aid in her other ear. The film gets its name from the girl wanting to remove the hearing ear because she enjoys the quiet. Her mom always picks her up from school but on this day she can't but the girl never gets her mom's text so she decides to walk home. But when a man in a van begins following her she runs off into the woods as the man follows on foot. This is a very atmospheric film that makes great use of the woods.
The fourth short is called, "Merry Little Christmas." It is about spousal abuse and the very dark places it takes its victims. The most original and sickness short of the bunch and one that sticks with you long after it is over.
And last but not least is a short called, "The Deviant One." A young man's fate is sealed when he is befriended by a sexual sadist who severely misinterprets the holy scriptures. Perverted and bloody there is no dialogue in this short but it doesn't need any either. The demented actions speak for themselves.
The shorts in this anthology range from good to excellent. The one thing I liked about this film was the fact that each short was very different from the others. There wasn't one theme they were after here and I thought that made the film fresh and unique.
"The Horror Network" will make a perfect addition to your horror collection. I congratulate all the actors and film makers involved in this film. I also recommend checking this out as soon as possible. Available on DVD now with Special Features that include:
The Deviant One: Extended Cut
You can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Wild Eye Releasing
**** 0ut Of *****