Available today, May 18, 2021, on DVD and premium VOD (Vide on Demand), is the horror anthology film, 100 Candles. I have also seen the film go by 100 Candles Game (but it’s official 100 Candles).
The film’s actors I have never seen or heard of before. Actress Amy Smart (Just Friends) does appear in one of the stories in this film.
In the film, four friends gather in a creepy old home to play a game called the 100 Candles Game. To play, they are required to sit in a circle made out of lit candles, as well as other candles that adorn the room (100 candles). One by one, each player needs to take a candle, tell a horror story, then blow out the candle. As each story is told, and candles are blown out, they will feel a presence in the room around them (why anyone would want to play this game, I don’t know). But there is one rule – you cannot leave the circle or else a terrible curse will fall upon them. Oddly enough, after each story is told, the storyteller ends up in another room in front of a creepy mirror, surrounded with things like mannequins.
The premise of the film is not that unique, per say. Each of the stories told in this film (I believe there were 7 or 8, I lost count) were different, and some were better than others.
Overall the film was OK. The part with the friends sitting in a circle telling stories did nothing for me, but some of the short stories told in the film (mini-films) were pretty good. Others just left me scratching my head.
I will try not to give away any spoilers, but there were two stories that stood out the most to be, and were pretty good.
There is a story about a man and his young son who live on a farm. The son is not allowed to leave the house – EVER. There is something out there that is dangerous. All the little boy really sees is a strange fog that goes across the farm, and a person’s shadow banging against the window.
This doesn’t sound like much, but it does keep you guessing until the very end. Let’s just say it’s NOT a typical horror story. While it would be terrifying for a child to experience… let’s just say that not all horror stories involve monsters.
I was surprised to see actress Amy Smart in this film with relatively unknowns. The story she appears in is very good. The creature in her story is a bit silly, but the story it’s self is really good. This story also keeps you guessing until the very end as to what is really going on. As with the story about the little boy on the farm, this is another example as to how horrifying things can be without monsters.
Some stories left me wondering what is was really all about. Take for example the pregnant girl and the priest. It’s clear that she’s possessed (not something you want to be when you are pregnant). The priest in this story is not whom he appears to be, but the story doesn’t go into explaining who he really is, or the girl’s backstory. So there are “plot holes” in this story.
One of the stories was horrible for the simple reason that it wasn’t in English, and there were no subtitles.
In this story, a woman wakes up trapped in a coffin (not exactly an original idea). For some odd reason, she was buried with her cellphone. She is unable to make phone calls, but she’s able to text and do audio recordings to her friend. The problem is, the text and audio is NOT in English, therefore you have no clue what is being said between the women. I think the text/audio is in Spanish. It’s fine if the filmmakers wanted to keep that story in Spanish, but the least they could have done is provided non-Spanish speaking people with subtitles so that we had a clue what was going on.
There are some decent special effects in this film, especially the witch and the black-eyed child. Then there were some silly monsters (like the one in the Amy Smart story).
Overall the film was entertaining enough. It had it’s flaws, but it also had some decent scary stories.
Look for 100 Candles where ever movies are sold or rented.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.