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The United States Of Horror: Chapter 1 (2021)

My quick rating - 4.1/10. We have ourselves another horror anthology and this one doesn't have any sort of wrap-around story. All we have is a bit of creepy narration by Doug Bradley and a map of the United States of America with a state highlighted for each story. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for the state in correlation to the tales that are told. Still, there are varying degrees of effectiveness in these shorts and I just wish the ideas had been fully fleshed out. I was busy so I didn't take notes per entry but there was a general theme in most of them failing to have any payout in the end. Typically this was due to no ending at all, just open-ended ideas tossed your way in hopes your imagination will make them better. Someone named genowhirl on IMDB took the time to give a rundown of each of the 14 stories so here you go:

Nevada - Dark Lights: Awakened from her slumber by some very visually stunning, yet disconcerting dreams, a young woman harboring a sinister urge sets out to splurge on unsuspecting locals.

North Carolina - Don't Drink the Water: A vagabond trying to hitchhike his way to I-40 finds himself in desperate need of water. He accepts the aid of a beautiful young woman, a decision which proves deadly.

Florida - The Succubus: After we are treated to a considerably tame softcore porn video, tastefully accompanied by a jazz version of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone," we see a young man waking up to a horrible sight - a succubus has perched itself atop of his petrified body.

California - Vexed: After a diatribe against the exhausted efforts of horror films to scare their viewers, a young couple begins experiencing some very strange phenomena in their home.

Connecticut - The Locket: She's conceited; she's self-righteous, and she's the host of her own hit vlog, Cryptids. She's "Char-lit, cryptid extraordinaire." Cryptids' latest episode features our prickly host taking on a challenge issued by her fans to look into the ghost of Mary Hawthorne.

New Hampshire - Teddy Scarebear: A playful little jaunt through the splendors of dark comedy, this short sports a facetious slasher film that is presented in the style of a movie trailer.

Utah - Billy: Ungodly Hour: Her home away from home, for a novelist seeking refuge from a troubled relationship and hoping to finish her latest work, there is no better destination than a boarded-up cabin on the outskirts of town.

Maine - Dirigo: Not long after a strained group of friends arrive at their seaside cabin, a distressed woman comes darting through the trees in their direction. They offer her aid, a decision they quickly come to regret.

Arkansas - Claw Hollow: While outside playing ball, a young boy spots a peculiar woman standing in his garage.

Michigan - Red Abyss: As three unfastened siblings discuss some of the finer points of their father's recent death, including the inheritance, it becomes every man for themselves when a malevolent force descends upon them.

Arizona - Entropic: This is an awesome claymation piece depicting the age-old tale of "guy goes camping; guy gets abducted by the alien; guy becomes pregnant."

Washington - Needlework: They demand more, and so the seamster plies his trade, weaving with diabolical threads, dresses that women are sure to lose their minds over.

Pennsylvania - Elysia: Elysia and her partner Molly are vampires, and while time may stand all too painfully still for them, the world continues turning, aging, and changing. A rift develops between the evergreen couple when Molly's actions begin to prove how dangerous their kind can truly be.

Missouri - Crockpot: She receives a new crockpot from her mother-in-law, which she perceives as a clever ruse devised by her mother-in-law so she'll have another reason to admonish her during Thanksgiving. Rest assured, she will make the perfect Thanksgiving dish this year.

I will just add this, the only one that was memorable to me out of this whole thing was the claymation short. Overall it'll suffice for the price you see below.

There are a few freebies offering this flick.

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