Director – Michael Dougherty
Cast – Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Quinn Lord, Lauren Lee Smith, Moneca Delain, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb
Release Year – 2008
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Don’t you just love it even more when a hidden gem of a horror film goes without notice in the Hollywood realm only to be proven to be better than 75% of the junk they put out in the horror realm? Trick r Treat is a prime example of Hollywood once again floundering an opportunity to put forth a great horror film that would not only bring them more credibility, but most likely make them more money than the crap they put out(in the end, when word gets out the film is great). After sitting on the shelf for a long while, Trick r Treat finally got it’s long awaited DVD release this week(On October 6th). Less than an hour after viewing the film I am still shocked at how well crafted this film is and how on earth this flick could have been passed over for films like The Haunting of Molly Hartley. Once again Hollywood, you blew it.
Trick ‘r Treat consists of four intricately woven stories taking place on Halloween, I mean…:ahem:, all Hallow’s Eve. The rituals and customs of All Hallow’s Eve are there for a reason, and are meant to protect us from the evils that come with such a dark day. In this film, we see the consequences of blowing out your Jack-o-Lantern before midnight, a group of young teens learning a hard lesson involving a local legend and a horrible prank, a group of girls out for some Halloween fun being stalked by a sadistic killer, and an old hermit who meets a little boy looking for a little vengeance…and a treat.
The biggest surprise to me regarding this film, which is something I learned before viewing this film(but hearing great buzz about it), is that this film is written and directed by Michael Dougherty. Not aware of who Michael Dougherty is? Well…he wrote the utter piece of crap known as Superman Returns! But wait, there is more! This film was produced by the director of the utter piece of crap known as Superman Returns, Brian Singer. Now of course every filmmaker and writer has their bad spell, but I was really surprised that this duo went for a horror film, although I am glad they did what they did with this film.
For starters, Michael Doughtery’s direction is amazing. His use of interesting camera angles and beautifully designed shots are a marvel that in addition to it’s great story, keep you glued to the screen for the entire 80 minutes that you grace this film’s presence. The pacing for the film is perfect. This film never drags, the kills are spaced out accordingly, and hell, there are even quite a few laughs in this film as well.
As I mentioned, the story is great. The way these four stories intertwine as the film moves forward is a testament to how good writing can make a film do wonders. The story surrounding the character “Sam”(the little boy with the corn sack mask) is sure to make this character a cult icon, and I am already thinking how awesome it would be for this little guy to have his own film. Not only does this character just look awesome as hell, but his actions are even more awesome(you’ll see). Each one of the four stories moved elegantly and played with the viewer’s emotions so well that they each had a “twist” ending you just could not see coming. Yes, FOUR twists endings in this film. Don’t you just love that? Heh, I do.
Overall, this is an amazing film that I recommend to every single person who reads this post. Do it
– I ranked this film #15 in my Top 50 Horror Movies of the Decade(11-20) post.