10/31 PART III (2022)
Second sequel to the indie Halloween set anthology flick 10/31 once again presents a horror movie marathon hosted by Malvolia, the Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle). It tells four tales, by more indie filmmakers, all taking place on Halloween with some faux trailers included, too.
After some faux trailers and a brief introduction by Malvolia, the tales begin. We start out with House of the Mummy. Newly single Wes (James Morris) buys a life-size mummy prop in a strange going out of business thrift shop for his Halloween haunt. Of course, the mummy is no mere prop as Wes and his shrew of an ex-wife (Emily Ashby) find out on Halloween night. Tale written and directed by Michael Ballif is fun and looks very Halloween as the director has a good visual style, even on a tight budget. Gore and make-up are minimal, but are effective enough, and the cast are adequate and get the material. A fun one with Halloween spirit to open this anthology.
Second story is The Locksmith from director Jacob Perrett from his script with Taylor Rhodes. Story has a real estate agent (Karlee Miailov) selling a house with a dark past…a house they may not have been completely vacant when sold. On Halloween night she returns to the house to drop off a set of keys and finds the new owners dead and the killer making himself at home. Also, an effective tale with a creepy killer and some simple but effective kills.
Next up is Old Man Gross about a group of friends (Yasmine Qudah, Justin P. Martin, Rosaria Eraso and Brucelicious Morris Jr.), on Halloween night, deciding to prank an old man who was reputed to be a very nasty and abusive teacher back in the day. They break into his house and find it’s a house of horrors, complete with body parts and ill-fated victims. This tale is directed by Brad Twigg from a script by Todd Martin and Melissa Sapienza. Old Man Gross might be the bloodiest of the four tales with the most gore and Old Man Gross himself is quite an effective killer.
Fourth and final story is Hack in the Box from writer/director Zane Hershberger. This story features four pretty girlfriends (Marissa Sabatucci, Jordan Beltz, Sable Griedel and Bridget Murphy) battling a nasty creature inside a Halloween jack-in-the-box. This is the shortest of the four tales but also one of the most effective with some nice gore, atmosphere and spooky sequences.
Overall, this was yet another fun and spooky anthology from this indie franchise, featuring a different set of directors than the first two flicks, save for a returning Zane Hershberger from the original. The stories here are smaller scaled but fairly consistent quality wise. The makers show potential, with these four spooky stories having some nice Halloween spirit 🎃 along with some great electronic scores from Rocky Gray! Bring on Part IV! 10/31 Part III is available from Scream Team Releasing!
Rated 3 (out of 4) jack-o-lanterns.