Sunday, October 31, 2021

#2,654. WNUF Halloween Special (2013)


Directed by Chris LaMartina (with an assist from a handful of others), WNUF Halloween Special is a love letter to both VHS and late ‘80s local television.

Halloween night, 1987; reporter Frank Stewart (Paul Fahrenkopf) of WNUF TV broadcasts live from inside the old Weber house, a supposedly haunted dwelling and a place where two grisly murders occurred twenty years earlier. Accompanied by paranormal experts Louis and Claire Berger (Brian St. August and Helenmary Ball) as well as a Catholic priest (Robert Long II), Stewart and his cameraman make their way through the Weber house in the hopes of capturing an entity for live television.

What they encounter instead will prove much more terrifying.

Designed to look as if it was recorded on VHS back in 1987, WNUF Halloween Special is a horror / comedy that has it all, from cheesy news broadcasts to zero-budget local commercials (I chuckled at damn near every one because I remember seeing similar ads back in the day). While it does feature a few creepy moments when the reporter and his team enter the house, WNUF Halloween Special is more effective as a tribute to a bygone era, and it’s because of this that I had so much fun watching the movie.
Rating: 9 out of 10

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