Horror anthologies are making a solid comeback, but they are tricky to get right. The segments just have to work well together or the whole film suffers. Films like the first two V/H/S films or Trick ‘r Treat got it right whereas films like the ABC’s of Death films are hit and miss. In Toronto, there is a monthly short film festival event called Little Terrors that had the brilliant idea to take the best of the short films submitted to their event and release them in feature film anthologies. The first release, Minutes Past Midnight, was a brilliant selection of horror segments that had a great range of styles and content but fit together nicely. Now we have a second release, this one with an outer space horror theme, called Galaxy of Horrors.
Galaxy of Horrors features seven segments as well as a brief wraparound story binding them all together. Eden is the story of a group in a dystopian future trying to assassinate the President of the United States in a genetic testing facility when they encounter test subjects that may pose a threat to their mission.
Iris tells the tale of a man attempting to bury a body in the woods while conversing with his smartphone but his phone may be too smart for his own good.
Flesh Computer involves the superintendent of a building that is tending to a supercomputer made of electronics as well as biological materials who must fight off two criminals breaking into the building.
Pathos is the story of a bizarre future where just getting to live is a luxury only available to those who can afford it. A man confined underground struggles to find a way to continue to pay and keep himself alive.
Eveless is a disturbing tale of a world in which women no longer exist. Desperate to create a woman at all costs, two men resort to extreme experiments in order to bring women back into existence and save the world.
They Will All Die in Space is the story of two men aboard a spacecraft who awake from cryostasis to find themselves stranded and must work together to find a way to repair the ship and send out a distress signal.
Entity is about an astronaut who finds herself stranded and adrift in space after her ship is destroyed. Alone amongst the stars she must find a way to survive where there is nothing.
The last segment, Kingz, concerns two drug dealers who show up at a club to make a drug drop but encounter something inexplicable instead.
Galaxy of Horrors is another great example of what can be done with little resources or funds but loads of imagination. While not every segment succeeds, the overall result is astounding. The films vary greatly is story, tone, visuals, and scope but all tell interesting and entertaining stories. The acting talent is impressive across the board as well. I am always stunned with independent projects like these that have such incredible talent on display in front of and behind the camera. Galaxy of Horrors is another success for Unstable Ground and Little Terrors, here’s hoping we have many more anthologies on the way. Absolutely recommended.