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on 9 February 2013
I thought this would be worth a look given the various mentions of it I've read online lauding it, and....well....it's.....OK. It's absolutely not the most terrifying thing you'll watch, and in some cases, the vignette style just caters to lazy scriptwriting - i.e. the writer clearly had no idea where the story was going, so they just end things abruptly with no resolution. This isn't a a clever technique of "leaving the interpretation to the viewer", it's just a failure of their storytelling ability, low budgets and short-film timescales allowed-for.
Stories 1, 4 & 5 (Amateur Night, A strange thing that happened to Emily, and 10/31/98) are the best, IMHO, with the other 2 plus the overarching story going nowhere and being the weakest - so out of the 2 hours, you get at least one hour of watchable stuff. The extras on the disk are forgettable and clearly thrown in "to add value". I'd stress that in general, the acting is convincing and good throughout - it's just crappy stories that let half of it down.