August 13, 2022
Horror anthologies are usually a good way to discover new talent, but when the talent isn't there they can turn bad real fast. Maniac Tales makes a genuine effort to deliver something worthwhile, but none of the shorts manage to leave an impression, and the wraparound segment is wholly incompetent.
A Mexican refugee (Juan) is rescued by an older man, and given a job as a concierge in a small building. The people living there are pretty peculiar, but a screenwriter for a popular horror series takes the cake. Juan investigates her disappearance and finds a video with the films she wrote.
The horror is pretty scarce, the tension is disappointing, the cinematography and score are well below the norm and the performances are weak. There are some nice ideas, but the execution simply isn't there and at nearly two hours long, the film overstays its welcome. A pretty weak horror anthology.