Horror anthologies provide one thing for everybody, in concept.
Not a fan of story A.? Simply wait. The subsequent chapter is perhaps a greater match.
The very best anthologies provide one thing further, a shared artistic DNA that heightens the ick issue. “Creepshow” typically felt such as you had been thumbing by a dog-eared E comedian e book. That’s past characters just like the Crypt Keeper guiding us by the cob-webbed passage methods.
Not “Grave Intentions.” The horror anthology assembles horror shorts glued collectively by happenstance. Even the bouyant efforts of Pleasure Vandervort-Cobb as Madame Josephine can’t unite this uneven horror mashup.
Madame Josephine, engaged on a static set that reveals the movie’s indie nature, introduces us to the 5 tales in query. She’s a chatty one, pontificating on the varied candles and charms she claims to commandeer.
These segments go on far too lengthy and fail to clarify the yarns about to unfold.
The opening phase gives probably the most promise. Plus, it offers us one other likelihood to see the good Robert Forster in motion, albeit briefly. (The phase dates again to 2015 — Forster handed away in 2019)
The story follows a middle-aged lady (Beth Grant) who groups with a mysterious, however beguiling beginner to the bridge desk. Sure, that’s Sharon Lawrence of “NYPD Blue” fame, vamping it up as somebody with a darkish aspect brimming beneath the floor.
The story suggests an intriguing conflict, however the dramatics wrap far too quickly to share extra.
The next story dabbles in excessive physique horror, detailing a future through which the households of crime victims watch the accused get dismembered piece by piece.
The phase, dubbed “The Disappearance of Willie Bingham,” speaks volumes about crime, punishment and forgiveness. The minimalist FX are darn close to excellent, too. If it seems to be acquainted to you it’s as a result of the brief beforehand appeared in one other anthology sequence and, like the opposite tales, packs an unsatisfying finale.
The craziest story is “Violent Florence,” a couple of disturbed younger lady and her love/hate relationship with cats. The phase makes little sense, however as a visceral expertise it’s undeniably uncooked.
The segments all provide richer manufacturing values than the Madame Josephine wraparounds, suggesting horror shorts boast higher filmmaking than many anticipate. It’s additionally cool to see veteran actors share their time and vitality to those snippets, figuring out their identify recognition may increase their advertising and marketing probabilities.
Movie shorts want all of the love they will get. Too dangerous “Grave Intentions” can’t discover a higher option to current them.
HiT or Miss: “Grave Intentions” is extra Whitman’s horror sampler than true anthology scares. Modify your expectations accordingly.