A horror anthology for the ages, A Taste of Phobia is seeing its official DVD release on June 28, 2018 courtesy of Artsploitation Films. As someone who’s only afraid of doctors’ needles and deep water at night, it’s hard for me to imagine a world that’s plagued with fears and phobias that range from minuscule to completely out of the ordinary. Still, A Taste of Phobia, with all its European flare and gritty glamour, contains 14 short films that perfectly capture some of your most horrifying fears including fear of hair, fear of virgins, fear of cooking, fear of politics and fear of sleep; while also showcasing mainstays like fear of germs, fear of poop, fear of aging, and fear of the dark. Of course, some shorts in this anthology are more abstract and artsy than others, but you’ll still walk away from A Taste of Phobia feeling dirty and uncomfortable because this one’s true horror at its finest.
Produced by Vestra Pictures with Enchanted Architect and Trash Arts, A Taste of Phobia starts with crazy opening credits and a traditional wrap-around segment. From there, the anthology dives head first into its stories, which quite literally feature something for everybody. By watching A Taste of Phobia, you’ll be treated to serial killers, otherworldly beings, acid trips, the ruining of innocence, everything in between and so much gore to top it all off. You’ll even get a dose of social and political commentary, if you’re interested in viewing the stark reality of what our world is like today. And, Hell, I’ll even give this anthology props for featuring an actor with a kick ass Amy Winehouse tattoo! It all culminates in a maniacal, sleazy and bizarre feature film that’ll have you saying, “What the fuck did I just watch?” A Taste of Phobia is gory, erotic and oddly relate-able, and it’s a horror anthology you don’t want to miss!
As a production, I do have to mention that there’s a little give and take. Some short films are longer than others, and a few times I graved more outlandish moments and ended up a few minutes short of gratification. And, with 14 pieces to this puzzle, some are destined to be more effective than others. For starters, “Fear of the Dark” was my favorite while “Fear of Sleep” was pretty much the only short I wasn’t on board with. The cinematography ranges from short to short, and the camera work tends to stray a little bit when the segment is more on the experimental or science fiction side of the genre. Still, A Taste of Phobia more than succeeds because of three key aspects: insane casting, insane scores and insane gore. It’s a completely thematic experience that’ll brighten the day of die-hard horror fans and gross out the casual viewer. It’s not the most polished film on the market, but it succeeds in its objective on a massive scale.
An insatiable onslaught of fears with buckets of gore and stomach turning elements, A Taste of Phobia raises the bar on horror anthologies. It also features a character (pictured on the poster above) who could potentially became a cult icon. Final Score: 8 out of 10.