Campfire Tales (USA, 1997) - Color, Director(s): Matt Cooper, Martin Kunert, David Semel
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 88 min.
Z-rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Cheese Factor: 5 stars out of 5
The movie begins in black and white during a heavy make-out session between Cyclops and the girl from Crank, when she sees something twinkling in the darkness. What could it be? Is it a vampire from Twilight? No, I guess they only sparkle in the sun. Whatever it is, it seems to be getting closer with each flash. Freaked out, the girl demands that Cyclops take her home. They stop by a burger joint on the way home and that's when Cyclops notices the severed hook hand hanging on the car door!
|"Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society..."|
|"I'm telling you, this is going to be GREAT!"|
The second segment, "People Can Lick Too" is like a pedophile's bedtime story. A young girl is left at home by her older sister who's supposed to be babysitting her, when her online chat buddy turns out to be a pedo-stalker. She's left with her dog, Odin, to protect her but he's not the only thing that can "lick" as you probably gathered from the title. As for what he's licking...
|It's her hand you sick pervert!|
"The Locket" is about a guy riding cross country on his motorcycle when it breaks down in front of a house. When it starts to rain, he's forced to take refuge inside and is surprised to be welcomed by a beautiful but mute girl. During the night, he begins hearing strange noises and realizes that the house is haunted by a repeater. Spirits in the house relive a horrible incident every night and the motorcycle stranger is almost drawn into the violence when a malevolent spirit takes a swing at him with an axe. Luckily, he escapes with the girl and they wake up the next morning to a beautiful sunny day under a tree. He's brushing her hair as she sleeps but soon finds out the terrible secret behind her locket...
Nudity: Nothing fantastic, you get to see a little side boob when the Honeymoon couple finishes having sex in the RV. That's about it.
Gore: There are a few gruesome scenes like the guy finding a lower jaw separated from its owner, but the movie overall doesn't even come close to your average slasher.
Awesome: This movie doesn't even compare to the likes of Trick 'r Treat or even Creepshow, but the reason this movie makes the list for me is because of the storytelling. I wouldn't exactly call it "scary" but the way the stories are told definitely reminded me of urban legends. If you try to make sense of the story after it's told, you might find some plot holes. Urban legends aren't about realism though, they're just supposed to keep you interested until the big pay off at the end. "The Locket" is a perfect example of this type of storytelling. As for the movie itself, I wish they had a bigger budget because the "Honeymoon" segment might've been good if you actually got a good look at the creatures. They're credited as "Crow Men" at the end of the movie and I would've LOVED to have seen some elaborate monster effects there. Unfortunately, this was just a low-budget horror anthology that's great to have playing in the background while guests are still arriving.