Halloween has been banned for a small town. A business tries to capitalize on the lack of Halloween actives by being the only scary attraction in town, which fuels the ire of members of the community.
More short films, kiddies! Today we have TINY’S OCTOBER 31ST, written and directed by Douglas A. Plomitallo.
Its Halloween night in a small town in Connecticut. But all is not as it should be. The town has suffered a series of murders every year during the holiday for over a decade. The people have decided to ban Halloween and all the rituals that go with it, in the hopes of putting an end to it.
Not everyone is on board, however. The owner of the local haunted attraction (Charles F. Rosenay) is not prepared to close his doors for anything. He’s pretty confident that being the only game in town will reap him great financial rewards. So in spite of a horde of protestors at his gates, he opens anyway.
Alas, an errant (if slightly overgrown) trick-or-treater (The eponymous TINY, credited as being played by himself) is also intent upon celebrating the holiday. He knocks on the doors of town residents, hoping for sweets. But who knows what trick awaits them if they refuse?
It is only upon arriving at the door of the haunted attraction that he finds reason to break out a few tricks as the haunt owner not only refuses him, but insults his young protege as well.
There is a lot to love about this film, you guys. I don’t know where to begin honestly. But I’ll point out a few things I find great.
The film was shot on location at Fright Haven Haunted Attraction in Stanford, Connecticut. I work for another haunt myself, and am familiar with many of the other haunts in the country. Fright Haven is a great indoor haunt, a popular attraction, and a highly ranked destination.
Shooting a horror movie at a haunted house is always a good plan. I’ve reviewed other films that chose this route, and have been a part of films shot at the attraction I work as well. You got built-in sets, a stable of prepared and trained actors, costume and make up artists. Its a perfect way to make your film budget dollar go further.
The crowd of mouthy protestors features some interesting players. Pro wrestler Tommy Dreamer and the glorious Monique DuPree, whom I have had the pleasure of working with on other projects, are among the group.
I’ll be honest…maybe not the best film ever made. But its a lot of fun, there’s some really great people taking part, and honestly…a production shot for under two thousand dollars using a haunted attraction is worth my time to support.