I love, love, LOVE horror movie anthologies! Seems like the more I watch, the more I love ‘em. Just like with short horror stories in literature, creating an effective short horror film is a true work of art; it’s certainly not something just anybody can do. It takes talent and skill. THE HORROR NETWORK, VOLUME 1 is rife with both, and the result is an excellent collection of horror shorts that fans of the genre will love.
If you are not familiar with THE HORROR NETWORK, VOLUME 1, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing:
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.
I think what I love most about this anthology is the diversity of the films. There’s a little bit of everything in here, from supernatural scares to serial killers. Chances are, if you give this collection a shot, you’ll find something you like.
Each film in THE HORROR NETWORK, VOLUME 1 is shot well and looks good onscreen. A couple, specifically “The Quiet” and “Merry Little Christmas”, are more vibrant than the others in their look and feel. But the sound quality in “3:00 AM” is the best out of the bunch by far.
The acting is nice as well. I didn’t recognize a single actor or actress, however that means nothing because the quality of the performances is top notch regardless. The entire cast does a great job with their roles, and I’ll wager we will be seeing more than just a few of the faces in this crowd.
THE HORROR NETWORK, VOLUME 1 is a big win for me, and I highly recommend it. The production quality is great, the stories are intense and intriguing, and the directorial styles are all refreshing. You just can’t ask for much more out of an anthology. THE HORROR NETWORK, VOLUME 1 is available now…but I can’t wait to see what Volume 2 will offer.