All Souls Day Release Date: 2005 Genre:Horror | Thriller Director(s): Jeremy Kasten (The Attic Expeditions) Writer(s): Mark A. Altman (House of the Dead) Starring: Danny Trejo, Jeffrey Combs All Souls Day earns a super mega “meh” from me and nothing else. After an opening sequence that has the ruthless Vargas Diaz (Trejo) dooming the citizens […]

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All Souls Day
Release Date: 2005
Genre:Horror | Thriller
Director(s): Jeremy Kasten (The Attic Expeditions)
Writer(s): Mark A. Altman (House of the Dead)
Starring: Danny Trejo, Jeffrey Combs

All Souls Day earns a super mega “meh” from me and nothing else.

After an opening sequence that has the ruthless Vargas Diaz (Trejo) dooming the citizens of a Mexican town to certain death in order to gain immortality, All Souls Day becomes nifty for about ten minutes. A 1950s family, led by Thomas White (Combs), stop off in Pueblo Bonita for a night’s sleep. These characters don’t last long, as their crippled son is turned into a zombie and we cut to the present day.

From here on out begins the “meh” period that lasts throughout the entire movie. A college-aged couple crash their car across the street from that very same hotel. Already horrified after meeting a young woman who has had her tongue cut out, these two soon begin to realize that this sleepy is town is none too friendly. Eventually two of their friends show up, as do the zombies, and all hell breaks loose. That is, of course, if you define hell as zombies walking around in a circle while nothing all that interesting happens inside the hotel.

As much as I love zombie films, All Souls Day is a jumbled mess. It premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel in early 2005 and has yet to secure a distribution deal. It goes without saying that All Souls Day is better than most of the Nu Image / UFO / Cinetel films that are constantly being trotted out by the network, but that doesn’t excuse its shabbiness.

Danny Trejo couldn’t have spent more than three days on the set. It’s a real shame no one with talent not named Paul Rodriguez is willing to give this man a chance, as between All Souls Day and doing the chicken dance in The Crow: Wicked Prayer, this hasn’t been a good year for him.
Don’t ever accuse writer Mark A. Altman of being untalented. After all, he’s the first person to ever have a pretty blonde who just so happens to be white be named Lily White. Ohhh God, Jesus Christ Mark, my sides are splitting. Oooh, look at that, my liver just fell out.

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