29. We Summon the Darkness (2020) / Director: Marc Meyers
This picture starts off the same way a lot of 80s pictures start off. Some girl friends are on a road trip through rural America. In this case, 1980s Indiana. The radio reports news of a string of slayings perpetrated by a Satanic cult. Also on the radio, we heard some preachings courtesy of Johnny Knoxville's Pastor Butler. Not on these girls' radio. These girls are too cool for that shit. They're so cool they're on their way to a heavy metal concert at some bumfuck venue well outside of Indianapolis, I'm guessing. At the venue they meet up with three (possibly) creeps in a van. These dudes want to party, drink, smoke weed (but not smoke it the same way that those Dead chasing granolas would smoke it), and maybe get lucky. These dudes are Metal snobs. Their conversation regarding first bands seen live, etc ("KC and the Sunshine Band have some bangers") are pretty fun. They hit it off with our three leads and eventually agree to go back to Alexis' father's house (he's away). Alexis is played by Alexandra Daddario, burgeoning scream queen. Anyway, shit gets real back at the house where true motives (whose true motives?) are revealed and actors get to dig in and have fun. Where the movie is going is pretty predicable early on but it doesn't really detract from the enjoyment. All the actors are great and even kinda likable. Bloody without being overly gory (headshots, stabbings, no entrails that I remember).
Here it is, last of the month! And, possibly, the best?? It's up there anyway. I love a good anthology film and the key to a good one (see Trick R Treat for a recent, like decade old, example) is the wrap-around story needs to be good. See Danzig's whatever it was called for how not to do this. The Mortuary Collection is all set in the same town, Raven's End. There's a morgue, run by an old Tall Man like Mortician named Montgomery Dark (?), played by Clancy Brown. When a beautiful young woman walks into the morgue looking for employment, she challenges Montgomery to tell her a story that might scare her. The stories progress from simple morality tales (maybe don't check the medicine cabinet when you're not in your own home??) to...well...I'm not good enough with words, really fucked up stuff. They're all morality tales. Maybe "don't get married" is one such moral? Or, maybe it's the "maybe don't poison your wife after she falls into a vegetative state because you want to move on with your life" type of moral. Look for another solution, perhaps? Open marriage? I don't know. Here's another one: Maybe try not to be such a hypocrite when it comes to preaching safe sex for others but not for oneself? Each story has hilarious moments, usually followed by gross moments. I'm intentionally staying away from discussing more about these stories. It's possible this one is on the level of Creepshow I or maybe just Creepshow II or was it Tales from the Darkside the movie?