Tales of the Uncanny: The Ultimate Survey of Anthology Horror

As Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro is quoted to say at the beginning of this documentary, since the dawn of man we have sat around together telling stories and trying to scare one another. We love being scared.

Just as the title of the doc tells you this examines and debates about horror anthology films. Why they are good. Which ones are good. Which ones are the best. Some of the best horror film critics and filmmakers get together (on Zoom as this was made during the time of COVID) and discuss the film genre they love most. And more specifically horror anthologies, which have gone in and out of favour with filmmakers and viewers alike.

Over 60 Zoom interviews are conducted with the likes of Eli Roth, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, and even Montreal and Fantasia’s own Mitch Davis. These are people who love horror and have huge wealth of knowledge about the genre. One by one, decade by decade they go over the best horror anthology films ever made.

From well-known films like Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow, V/H/S, and The Twilight Zone to lesser known ones Kwaiden and The House That Dripped Blood. It really sheds light on the different levels of quality within the genre and even within the same films. Where one film will be brilliant while the next will be a little bit of a mess.

Seemingly no matter the quality, horror fans unabashedly love anthologies. They see it as an age-old way of telling stories so are quite attached to it. You can see the passion from the horror critics and filmmakers during their interviews.

All this examination and discussion the end goal is to get to a list of the Top 5 Anthologies and the Top 5 Segments. Watch and see if you agree with their choices.

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