I’m not sure how many times I’ve stated this, but I absolutely love anthologies. Regardless of whether in movie or book form, I am a huge fan of the short tale, and therefore I jump on the chance to check them out when I can. When I first saw the cover for CREATURE FEATURE, I knew I had to give it a look; the artwork is excellent, and I felt like I was in for a good time.
Thankfully, I was not disappointed. CREATURE FEATURE is low-budget fare, but it’s well done and, despite a couple of flaws, very enjoyable. I look forward to seeing what director Chase Smith has in store for us next.
If you are not familiar with CREATURE FEATURE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of
Creature Feature is five interwoven tales of terror that occur one foggy Halloween night in Georgia. A babysitter learns a new appreciation for fine art and hard lesson about the consequences of being irresponsible…and naughty!; a group of college kids stumble on the mother of all Scarecrows; two teenagers are forced to steal from the wrong cantankerous old hermit who has been known to occasionally howl at the moon; a murdered father comes back for vengeance against his gold-digging wife and traitorous children; and all of this Halloween fun is made possible by a London Gentleman known as…”Jack”.
As I mentioned, I love the artwork on the DVD cover. It screams “Creepshow” to me, but not in a rip-off way…more of a tribute. Even more so, it is a great precursor to what you’ll see in the movies.
CREATURE FEATURE is shot well and looks good onscreen for the most part. I will confess there are a few camera shots that looked like they were done with a VHS camcorder, but thankfully these are few and far between. The lighting is good for a low-budget picture, and the overall production value seems fair.
The acting is also pretty good. I will not say it’s great because there are a few wooden performances. But for the most part, the cast does a good job with their roles.
The special effects in CREATURE FEATURE are few, but those we get to see are mostly well done. There’s a bit of gore, which looks good, and there’s even some practical creature effects. My sole complaint about the creature makeup is the beast showcased in the final tale. I think it is supposed to be a werewolf or something similar, but the makeup is a joke. Instead of scary, it comes across as very lame, which in turn took me completely out of the tale.
I enjoyed how the stories are all interwoven, though. Each touches another one, even if only remotely, which gives cohesion to an overarching plotline. This aspect is one of the big reasons I enjoyed V/H/S and V/H/S 2 so much, and I can say the same here.
CREATURE FEATURE is not perfect, but it’s still a lot of fun and definitely worthy of checking out. Horror fans will probably find this an obscure treat, and I have high hopes for the future work of Chase Smith. CREATURE FEATURE is available now.