Last weekend I watched Ghost Stories
, the closing title of the IMAGINE Film Festival in Amsterdam this year, and had a lot of fun with it
, as with more horror anthologies recently.
Anthologies, whether with or without a framing device, are an excellent way to present stories which have a different build-up and pay-off than a regular feature will have. Not every story lends itself to a 90-120 minute long treatment, after all, and if you can get several good stories together with a common theme, and anthology film can be quite a treat indeed. You can even play with the different styles of different directors, if you like, or give a few promising new talents an opportunity to shine among a few more established names.
These plus-points apply for all genres of course, not just horror, though horror fans seem to have embraced the anthology concept more than other movie-goers.
So let's make anthologies the subject of the week. What's your favorite anthology film?
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!!
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