Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

I finally finished ‘Prank Night’ by Kristopher Rufty.  A Halloween tale about a small town that wakes up one morning to find themselves trapped inside their own homes.  One by one they are stalked and murdered by the last thing they thought possible. 

I am a sucker for Halloween tales.  Anything that involves pumpkins, scarecrows, costumes; and chaos all happening on a day that is supposed to be safe and fun.  It is the true essence of Halloween.  The day that we celebrate horror.  The day when we accept that things go bump in the night.

‘Prank Night’ does capture the essence of Halloween.  The atmosphere is perfect.  Kids and adults alike getting ready by changing into costumes.  Pumpkins everywhere.  And the cool, briskness of Autumn as Summer and Winter battle for control.  Oh and malicious mayhem and murder running rampant throughout the town.

It is called Prank Night, but really the murders begin in broad daylight.  Just a couple people at first, before the real siege begins. 

Rufty’s story stumbles a bit coming out of the gate.  I did not like the repetitious scenes of women coming out of the shower and becoming scared of being stalked.

I had trepidations about the motive for killing.  But in the end, no clear explanation can be just as scary.

To quote Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) from ‘Scream’:  “We all go a little crazy, sometimes.”

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