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Title: Chillers

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Year: 1987

Genre: Horror / Anthology

Language: English

Runtime: 91 min

Director: Daniel Boyd

Writer: Daniel Boyd


While waiting for a late bus, a group of strangers start telling each other stories from their nightmares. One by one they try to one-up each other with their stories, but it's when the bus arrives that they all seem to be on the losing side...

Our thoughts:
"Chillers" is perhaps not a typical anthology - it is a few short stories told within a larger story, but the segments aren't all that developed in terms of story. They are, quite literally, nightmares of the characters in the movie. They dream, and bad things happen, and in the end the stories connect in a grandeur way. "Chillers" has the heart in the right place, even the style, but it's simply underdeveloped and not very interesting. And very cheesy.

Before we get further into it, let's talk about the premise. A group of people who are unconnected to each other, meet at a bus stop because they all missed the last bus. They sit down and talk through the night, and the topic of recent nightmares is brought up. What's strange is that all of them have had similar nightmares - and so they tell each other what happened in theirs.

The nightmares are... dull. There's nothing interesting, really. It's not like "Creepshow" where each segment is different, fun and exciting. Not at all. This is just a few characters meeting some sort of demon, in different settings and the demons revealing themselves in slightly different ways. They're incredibly cheesy, but there's still something fun about it. I mean, it's probably because it is so cheesy. But the movie really gets down and dirty in the cheese towards the end, where a big "twist" is brought upon the characters (and the viewer). Except,.. it is kinda revealed on the front cover of most releases. And then comes one of the most irritating lines of dialogue that I have heard in recent years, from the little boy in the movie.

Want to know what happens? Okay, well SPOILERS AHEAD! I'll be honest, I don't remember it to detail, but essentially this is what happens: after all the nightmares have been told, the kid tells them that the stories aren't scary. Then the bus arrives, and as they enter they quickly realize that this bus is going straight to hell. Literally. And they meet the demons of their dreams. Before the bus leaves to its final destination, Hell, the kid manages to escape. He then stops, looks at the camera and says "Now that's scary!". I rarely want to hurt children. They can be annoying, but you know.. they're kids. But this deserved at least a roundhouse kick.

Made by the director who went on to make the hit "Invasion of the Space Preachers" (HAH!), it's no surprise that "Chillers" is quite underwhelming and stupid. But there's something of worth in the movie, it's funny in a retarded and cheesy way. Had I seen it as a kid, it could've been a ton of fun, but now? Not so much. But you could do worse than buying Troma's 2x Daniel Boyd flick set, containing "Invasion of the Space Preachers" and "Chillers".

Positive things:
- The cheese can bring a few laughs.
- Surprisingly a better production than "Invasion of the Space Preachers" - although not as fun.

Negative things:
- It's a cheesefest - it is what it is.
- That fucking kid.

Gore: 1.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

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