The first episode, The Honeymoon, sets the mood particularly well with Hawthorne James creepy hunter offering ominous warnings about what is out there: At least youve still got your skins and neatly spooky images like a pair of hands that mysteriously come up from below the campervan to cover another pair silhouetted against the window inside. That incidentally is all we see of the things out there. Ron Livingston and Jennifer MacDonald strike up a convincing on-screen relationship and the episode develops a more than reasonable intensity when she is being attacked in the camper alone by unseen forces. There is also a good gory shock ending to the piece.
The second episode, People Can Lick Too, hits similar highs. Just the idea of setting it around a child at home being threatened by a pedophile stalker goes out onto a limb that you can be sure any mainstream effort would feel a little leery about doing. There is a marvelous sinisterness generated to the episode at all times the cut from the chat room companion asking Not Scared? [at being left home alone] to the masked man typing in his apartment and then revealed to be screening camcorder videos of her, and other images like the hand coming up through the dog door or almost right down to touch her head as she crawls into the bushes. The ending wherein comes the title is a real kicker too. Young Alex McKenna gives a highly credible performance.
The third episode, The Locket, is arguably the best episode, although it should be said for an anthology where one is always tempted to pick a best and a weakest, that the competition among all three episodes is exceedingly narrow. The episode contains a particularly strong atmosphere of hauntedness although it does tip its hand as to the denouement a little too obviously. Jacinda Barrett has a mysterious beauty and the score for this episode is excellent. The final twist ending is the best of all the jolts that comes throughout the film.
The wraparound is well drawn too, with some good characterisations drawn among the four campfire characters. The ending makes it another variant on the final twist of Dr Terrors House of Horrors (1964), which is starting to seem ever so slightly gimmicky by now. The film opens with a black-and-white reconstruction of the urban legend of The Hook, which it then starts to amusingly deconstruct: Why a Hook? Couldnt he have had an artificial hand? One looks forward to further entries from any of Messrs Kunert, Manes, Semel and Cooper.
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