Episode 728: Anthology Films with Aaron Neuwirth

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  1. TJ H says:

    The Amicus horror anthologies are all great, and generally have the same director for all the segments… Asylum, Tales From the Crypt, Torture Garden, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, etc

  2. Juhani Kenttä says:

    Another one of those European omnibus films from art house directors is Boccaccio ’70 from 1962. I’ve been eyeing a dvd of it in my local library but the 208 minute runtime is a bit daunting even if the directors in question are Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica.

  3. FictionIsntReal says:

    Freddie Francis’ Tales from the Crypt is even earlier than Creepshow, both inspired by EC comics.

    The ABCs of Death films have, as the name implies, an alphabetical ordering. The films are all made independently by different directors/writers, so there isn’t the same sort of thematic ordering as some other films (even ones where a single editor might choose where each segment goes after they’ve been filmed). I think my favorite of the recent horror anthologies is Southbound, which has a great wraparound segment possibly inspired by a much older British anthology film (which you mentioned in the episode). One of the directors of that anthology, David Bruckner, contributed earlier to the horror anthology film “The Signal”, which is connected enough that one probably wouldn’t guess it had multiple directors.

    Maile Meloy wrote all the short stories in “Certain Women”, although two of them appear in the collection “Half in Love” and the remaining one in “Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It”. Lily Gladstone’s character is a man in the original story, which would have actually increased the thematic unity to involve women having to deal with men when they’d rather not. There is also no connection between the Dern & Williams stories originally.

    I’ve often said that the quality of a season of Hannibal is proportional to the number of episodes directed by David Slade (3 in the first, 2 in the second, none in the third).

  4. Julius says:

    The best horror anthology film I’ve seen is the Japanese Kwaidan from 1964. Four traditional Japanese ghost stories, beautifully shot on some of the most richly detailed, colorful, gorgeously artificial sets you’ll ever see. The second segment is still quite creepy, too.

  5. TJ says:

    surprised nobody mentioned Trick ‘r Treat … The Twilight Zone: The Movie … Cat’s Eye …

  6. Ray(@RaySquirrel) says:

    I once recommended VHS 2 to two of my friends. Neither of them are familiar with one another. Several days after recommending the film each of them posted on their respective Facebook pages, “VHS 2 IS FUCKING AWSOME!”

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