Those who have been reading this blog and/or following our reviews know that I’m a huge horror fan.
Anthology horror is a niche within that really hits close to home. Just love horror shorts. Movies like Stephen King and George Romero’s Creepshow and John Carpenter’s Body Bags are a bullseye for my viewing interest.
Shudder made Creepshow into a TV series in 2019 (see: TV REVIEW: Creepshow Season 1 Episodes Reboot by Shudder – 12 Stories, 6 Episodes All Rated and Reviewed (no spoilers)) and they are gearing up for season 2 later in fall 2020. They are also working on scripts for season three.
In Scare Package, we’re treated to seven horror shorts that take a jab at horror tropes. I’m not as big a fan of humor in horror, preferring to be scared over being made to laugh, but still I’m liking the teaser and movie info here.
The movie starts with Chad Buckley, the lonely owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, who whiles away the hours bickering with his only customer. When a job applicant shows up unexpectedly, Chad takes it upon himself to teach the newbie the rules of horror movies. As Chad narrates, he spins a series of grisly, gory tales that spring to life as mini movies, each directed by a different filmmaker. The cast includes Noah Segan (Knives Out), wrestling legend Dustin Rhodes, Toni Trucks (SEAL Team) and Hawn Tran (Watchmen), among others.How to watch the horror-comedy anthology ‘Scare Package’
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7 directors, 7 stories with runtime of 107 minutes. Simple math tells me that an average of 15 minutes per short. Depending on the complexity of the shorts, this could present a quick, nasty bite in the dark. Again, I’m concerned about how much it leans on humor. It’s easier to create humor-horror than scary horror. Definitely going to check this out. Good news? It’s available as of this writing for Shudder subscribers.
Scare Package is available to stream here on Shudder as of June 18, 2020.