If you inherited power, would you let it corrupt you or would you refuse to let it change who you are? Does magic make a person good or evil or should their morality be judged by their actions? In the film, All Hallows Eve, the audience is shown examples of how power can corrupt a person if they allow it, or how it amplifies a person’s moral character if used for good.
All Hallows’ Eve Plot
On Eve’s eighteenth birthday, she inherits a key to her mother’s trunk and discovers an amulet, witches’ robes, and a spell book. Curious of the book’s contents, she reads it fortuitously performing magic. Instead of summoning the spirit of her dearly departed mother, a young teen named Eve accidentally awakens a vengeful witch who wants to destroy her town.
All Hallows’ Eve (2016) official trailer on YouTube
Eve (Lexi Giovagnoli) is a young teen who learns that she comes from a lineage of Hallow witches. She is kind, creative, but gullible willing to believe what she is told at face value until proven wrong. Eve jumps into being a witch head first and doesn’t seem to think through her choices.
Barnaby (Martin Klebba) is Eve’s dog and is her familiar or guardian. He is a shapeshifter and tries to teach Eve about her magic, her lineage, and how to cast spells. Barnaby reveals that he knew Eve’s mother and Grandmother serving as their familiar.
Jessa Moreland (Pilot Paisley-Rose) is Eve’s younger sister and is always trying to tag along with Eve and Sarah. She is witty and sarcastic coming across as cynical when compared to others her age. Jessa truly loves her family shown by trying to use humor to cheer them up.
Sarah Ettels (Ashley Argota) is Eve’s best friend and is desperate to get Eve to be more social. She is extrovert, passionate, and energetic. She is supportive of Eve’s new powers despite trying to win the affection of Nathan (Dillon Cavitt).
Delayna Hallow (Diane Salinger) is Eve’s aunt and is after the amulet craving the power it possesses. She is cunning, manipulative, mean, and selfish. Delayna doesn’t hide her jealousy of her sister Didi (Tracey Gold) and the magic she felt she was robbed of.
The film was able to balance the storyline and large amount of characters equally offering equal screen time to each character, but some characters weren’t needed to tell the story. More background of the town’s history would have made it easier to understand Delayna’s motives until it’s spelled out in the end.
I would give the film a seven out of ten eating, as it had a wholesome moral about having your family stand by you and loving you unconditionally, yet the ending seemed quite predictable.
All the characters were fully developed and relatable even if their personality resembled cliques in high school, which was fitting given the characters ages and the film’s setting. I didn’t like how over the top the personality of Delayna to show that she was evil.