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ONE NIGHT IN OCTOBER (2017)

Directed by Christopher M. Carter
Written by Christopher M. Carter
Starring Jessica Morgan, Casey Norman, Rachel Netherton, Kaitlan Renee, Nathan O. Miller, Dustin Rieffer, Aeric Azana, Taylor Plecity, Andrew Kincaid, Sara Jackson, Erin Colleen Marshall, Bo Phillips, Brianna Roberts, Bret Linden, Jeremy Herrera
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ONE NIGHT IN OCTOBER is an anthology of sorts, all written and directed by Christopher M. Carter, that offer up a bag of treats to appreciators of low budget cinema.

A group of twenty-somethings trying to pass as teenagers roam through a cornfield haunted by a killer scarecrow. A woman struggles with losing her lover unaware she is being stalked by a masked killer. And a young woman eager to decorate her new home with Halloween decorations just in time for beggars’ night gets a visit from home invaders. Those are the trio of tales making up ONE NIGHT IN OCTOBER.

While the acting left me a bit unimpressed, I found the construction of this film to be rock-solid. Carter shifts from one story to the next throughout the whole film—all three segments playing out simultaneously and creeping toward an end at once. Carter sets up some wonderfully wicked tales that offer up some very twisted moments of gore and suspense. There are quite a few scenes that showed me that Carter, given a bigger budget, definitely has what it takes to offer up some potent scares.

The stories, as briskly paced as they are, all had a moment where the momentum screeches to a halt in order for one person to deliver a lengthy discourse explaining motivations and histories that I think would have been better realized if they had played out in action rather than a villain’s monologue. Still, this is most likely due to a lack of budget rather than a severe breaking of the “show, don’t tell” rule. These exposition dumps suffer further given the dodgy acting.

But we don’t go to low budget films for thespianism. ONE NIGHT IN OCTOBER offers up some chilling moments and some nicely realized gory bits. It’s a more sophisticated style of anthology, cutting between the three stories throughout the film, so it stands apart from most films of this kind. Low fi cinephiles should keep a lookout for this one.