The Horror Network is a rather strange little anthology film. It has not real connective tissue and feel like an thrown together bunch of short films from aspiring filmmakers. There isn’t one particular focus or direction and the stories are disjointed. While they aren’t exactly bad stories, they are quiet. They feel somewhat longwinded, uneventful and underenthusiastic, playing on more cerebral Horror elements that are supposed to touch you deeper in the mind then in the butt buzzer. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a stand out story, and while I appreciate the efforts of each of the filmmakers and the effort to put out a combined, Horrific picture, I found nothing to love and nothing memorable.
That being said, I encourage fans of independent Horror to give it a shot and perhaps take it at a different angle. Watch a story, stop, walk away and try to think on it. Don’t allow the portmanteau amalgam to control you’re viewing experience. These stories are probably much better as separate short films, enjoyed slowly rather than in tandem. That won’t make them any more auditory and you’ll still have to let the shorts get inside your brain to appreciate them, but this might be just what it takes to appreciate The Horror Network.
Points of note: The tale that involves the cover artwork used by Wild Eye has some fun effects. Appreciate them. The tale with the Bible verses strewn throughout is almost unwatchable because of the constant inserts with Bible quotes. I get what the intent was, but it wasn’t for me at all.
You can pick up The Horror Network now. While comparisons are made to Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt, be wary. This is most likely closer to the more recent Tom Holland anthology picture, meant to be a TV show and slapdash put together to destroy young minds; of course I’d say The Horror Network has more to offer the viewer in terms of substance and doesn’t pander to the suckered in Horror fan.
From Wild Eye:
Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Five of horror's most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like Creepshow, Tales From the Crypt, V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror.