Tales from Beyond the Pale, Season One, Volume 4: This Oracle Moon & Trawler
Conceived during a fog-drenched car ride with nothing beyond the windshield but a horizon-less void, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid created the acclaimed Tales from Beyond the Pale, audio theater inspired by the vintage radio shows of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles. Volume 4 features "This Oracle Moon" by filmmaker Jeff Buhler and "Trawler" by Glenn McQuaid. The series is produced by filmmakers Larry Fessenden, Glenn McQuaid, and Lisa Wisely.
In "This Oracle Moon", writer/director Jeff Buhler takes us on a startling journey across the galaxies. A rescue team of astronauts is dispatched to a distant moon in hopes of reclaiming survivors from an ill-fated exploratory mission sent six years prior. When no survivors are found, the rescuers turn their attention to the elusive creatures inhabiting the nearby hills for answers. Starring Ron Perlman and Doug Jones, together for the first time since the Hellboy movies.
In "Trawler", written and directed by Glenn McQuaid, something lurks out there in the salty brine. A bizarre tale of mayhem and menace on the high seas, "Trawler" takes us to the edge of sanity and beyond. Featuring the voice talents of Christopher Denham (Shutter Island, Headspace), A.J. Bowen (The Signal, A Horrible Way to Die, House of the Devil) and Larry Fessenden (Habit, I Sell the Dead).
Disappointing acting and story quality.
These are not scary stories because they are not believably acted and are far too conventional in their storytelling. The endings are predictable from the beginnings, because they follow old SF/horror story clichés, not because they are scientifically possible. So my disbelief was not suspended. Because the acting is on the hammy and bland side, listening to the tales to their inevitable conclusions is not as entertaining as it could be. Ron Perlman is truly wasted in his role in Oracle Moon. The introductions to the stories are also far to corny and conventional. Try to do better in the future fellows.