All Souls Day (film)

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All Souls Day
AllsoulsdayDVD.jpg
Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD Cover
Directed by Jeremy Kasten
Produced by
Written by Mark A. Altman
Starring
Music by Joe Kraemer
Cinematography Christopher Duddy
Edited by Joseph Gutowski
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release dates
  • January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22) (Slamdance Film Festival)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

All Souls Day, or All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos, is a 2005 zombie film written by Mark A. Altman and directed by Jeremy Kasten. It premiered at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival, and the Sci Fi Channel played it on June 11, 2005. There is also an uncut version on DVD.

Plot[edit]

Years ago in a small Mexican town, Vargas uncovers a hidden Aztec temple deep in the nearby mine. Luring the townspeople in, he blows up the entrance, trapping those inside forever. In exchange for the sacrificing the townspeople, Vargas receives eternal life.

A college couple vacationing in Mexico comes across a small town, empty of people. After accidentally running into what appears to be a funeral precession, they uncover the deadly truth of the town's past. Every year on the Day of the Dead a human sacrifice is presented at the local church to appease the spirits of the town's original inhabitants; however, this year the couple interferes with their sacrifice. With nothing to appease the dead, they return to kill the transgressors.

Calling two of their friends for help, the four are left to fight off the growing hordes of the undead besieging their hotel, while trying to uncover the secrets hiding within the hotel's rooms.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

All Souls Day premiered at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival.[1] It aired on the Sci Fi Channel on June 11, 2005.[2] Anchor Bay released it on DVD in the US on January 17, 2006.[3]

Reception[edit]

Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote that it "sometimes appears to laugh at its own cliches, but mostly it's just dumb."[4] Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting rated it 1/5 stars and called the execution "breathtakingly bad" despite the interesting premise.[5] Joshua Siebalt of Dread Central rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "All Souls Day ends up being a convoluted mess in the end that goes from mind-numbingly dull to head-spinningly confusing with nary an eye blink."[6] Scott Weinberg of DVD Talk rated it 3/5 stars and recommended it to hardcore horror fans, who are likely to enjoy the campy aspects.[7] David Johnson of DVD Verdict wrote that the film has too many campy scenes and spends too much time attempting to explain its convoluted story.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morfoot, Addie (2004-12-13). "Docs bracket Slamdance". Variety. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  2. ^ Gates, Anita (2005-06-11). "WHATS ON TONIGHT". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  3. ^ "WIN a Copy of ‘All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos’ on DVD". Bloody Disgusting. 2005-12-22. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2005-02-10). "Review: 'All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  5. ^ Miska, Brad (2006-01-12). "All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos (V)". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  6. ^ Siebalt, Joshua (2006-01-16). "All Souls Day (DVD)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  7. ^ Weinberg, Scott (2006-02-15). "All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  8. ^ Johnson, David (2006-03-06). "All Souls Day". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 

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