I don’t need to keep reminding you how we live in truly terrifying times (even though I just said it again), but as lovers of all things scary, we’re faced with a bit of a conundrum here. After all, Halloween is looming large on the horizon (the stores are already starting to stock up, in case you didn’t notice) but even on the most frightening of holidays, what horrors could possibly surpass the simple action of turning on the news?
Stephen King once said that we make up imaginary fears to help us combat the real ones, and I totally agree with that… but what would happen if the line became blurred between fearful fantasy and grim reality?
Mark Thibodeau explored this concept in his comic book THE LAST HALLOWEEN, and a few years back he teamed up with writer-director Marc Roussel to adapt the story into a short film. The result will both chill and thrill you with its cinematic cocktail of post-apocalyptic horror and nostalgic fun.
Here’s the scenario, as summarized on the project’s official site:
The city is quiet; the streets, deserted. It doesn’t much feel like Halloween, and yet four young trick-or-treaters — a Ghost, a Devil, a Grim Reaper and a Witch — make their way through the night, door to door and house by house, gathering up an unlikely harvest of kindness amid the devastated wreckage of society’s collapse.
In a world where the only rule is that there are no rules anymore, it is perhaps a fitting irony that it should all come down to this… a simple choice between two starkly different options.
THE LAST HALLOWEEN is here at last… and the time has come to make your choice.
Shortly after its acclaimed World Premiere at 2014’s Twisted Celluloid Film Festival, THE LAST HALLOWEEN became a fest favorite throughout that year — screening at Spain’s prestigious Sitges Film Festival, Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, and L.A.’s ScreamFest & Beyond Fest — and was chosen as Best Horror Short Film at the iHorror Awards.
After viewing the full film below, I think you’ll realize why horror fans have such a sweet tooth for this one.
If you weren’t already impatient for Halloween to arrive, I’m betting you’re really feeling the itch now. Or, just maybe, this year you might really have something to fear…