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You’ve Never Seen a Horror Anthology Like This

Tales from Middleton High


Genre: Horror
Year Released: 2022
Runtime: 1h 10m
Writer/Director(s): Zach Lorkiewicz
Producer(s): Grace Hahn, Dylan DeLuca
Creator(s): Zach Lorkiewicz, Michael Coe
Cast: Sarah J. Bartholomew, Lauren Elyse Buckley, Avril Dominguez, Anastasia Katarina, Danielle Lauder, Brittany Lewis, Anjali Nath, Sarah O'Connor, Roxanne Saylor
Where To Watch: Available to stream on Tubi now: Click here to watch for free

RAVING REVIEW: Anthology horror is becoming increasingly popular; the connection between the stories is often irrelevant. That wasn’t the case here, and I give the film some credit for that alone. This film tells five individual tales of terror from the High School from hell.

From director Zach Lorkiewicz comes a horror anthology that lets Lorkiewicz stick to their comfort zone. Having primarily directed shorts before this allows the storytelling to be on a smaller scale while still delivering one final piece. That was a brilliant move; it allows for comfort in filmmaking while expanding their abilities.

Lorkiewicz categorizes the film as “pop horror,” five stories combined for one larger narrative; I don’t know that I’d strictly call this a horror, but I can see the intended tone. The most important thing here is that you can feel the heart and passion that went into this production; with each story (PEP, I LOVE LUCY, THE CHEERLEADER TRIALS, THE  BALL, and LOVELESS), we are introduced to new bits and pieces of the larger world that make up Middleton High.

I would have liked to have seen the horror elements pumped up while trying to stick to more practical style effects. If you like low-budget films that generally exceed expectations, I give this my entire backing. I don’t think most people will walk away not having enjoyed this on some level. I would be interested to see more stories from Middleton, even if they aren’t directly connected to these. The idea of playing off a high school gives you almost endless story options and a rotating cast with some familiar characters popping up in stories when needed.

Produced by Count the Clock is a multi-media production company based in Los Angeles. They run their own YouTube channel, posting horror-related shorts, music videos, and fashion films. Count the Clock is currently in pre-production for its second feature film.

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Chris Jones
Entertainment Editor

Chris Jones is the Mail Entertainment Editor covering Movies and Television topics. He is from Washington, Illinois, and is the owner, writer, and editor of Overly Honest Reviews.