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Trick 'r Treat
Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life.
Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
I'm doing a run of 10 horror films released since 2004 now, for anyone who cares. This was a pretty great way of starting off that run.
I will be honest and say that Trick 'r Treat struggled to hold my attention for the first 20 minutes or so. The opening scene was pretty predictable and the Dylan Baker story didn't really grab my attention leading on to the start of the Anna Paquin story that was plodding along to what I thought was going to be a predictable ending.
Sticking with it, however, was a decision I am very glad that I made because the last 50 minutes or so of this are absolutely tremendous. It probably took me…
Coach Taylor was in a hot-dog costume butt-fucking a pig.
My final film for Horroctober 2012 where I completely went overboard. It's an anthology film done in the vein of Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt. Michael Dougherty's directorial debut captures the tone of these anthology films perfectly. Their fun little horror stories that skirt the line of fear, humor and camp with red herrings and twists along the way.
The main difference, and it's strongest attribute, to other similar films is that all the stories are interconnected and take place in the same town. While there certainly is different sections, the film doesn't limit itself to concentrating on just one story for X number…
As the starting point for Hoop-Tober, Trick 'r Treat is a particularly apt choice. At first glance, this film looks like one of the dozens of trashy little scary movies that continually flood Netflix. This film, however, is a breath of fresh air: more competently made, well-paced, and in the spirit of Halloween (the night where everyone's entitled to one good scare) than most of what gets produced these days. Director Michael Dougherty balances the nasty but playful tone very well, and combines a series of four interlocking scary stories overlap narratively and chronologically. This is more or less the horror equivalent of Pulp Fiction.
The stories combine a lot of Halloween tropes in ways that aren't as original as…
A fantastic little interconnected anthology film (think Altman's Short Cuts) that delivers a Halloween love letter with a unique feel that covers most of the spooky genres. Not every storyline is equal in strength, but an other-world Grimm fairytale vibe creates an extra level of texture that helps usher you through the less effective elements. As does playing the cute and sweet off of the frightening and grisly. A cast that is clearly enjoying themselves (and what a cast) add to a horror film that feels like no other. It's confounding to realize that this was shelved for almost three years and dumped on video, while we had studios empty their bowels on our heads with wretched retread mush during that time. Well, thank god for video and the rumored sequel.
The Good: Halloween season is my favorite season. Watching two of the greatest horror films ever made -- William Friedkin's The Exorcist and John Carpenter's Halloween -- has been a yearly tradition of mine. And ever since it was released on Blu-ray back in 2009 (after being shelved for two years by Warner Bros. for God knows why), Trick 'r Treat has joined those two in my Halloween horror viewing. Why? Because it's a damn good horror flick, that's why. Sure, it's not as scary as The Exorcist nor as groundbreaking as Halloween, but it's one of the most fun and rewatchable films in the…
A splendidly devilish Halloween must. It all just ties up so damn well.
Part Four of Rolling Fog, Creepy Passageways, Murderers Lurking In The Dark: My Own Halloween Challenge
A delightful, demented, atmospheric, and wonderfully conceived cult classic; Trick 'r Treat is a yearly Halloween tradition with me, and every viewing brings new, rich and joyful surprises. And with the leaves rolling about, the wind picking up speed, and the cold winter chill making itself known; I figured it was time to sit back and enjoy one of my favorite horror films.
The direction is beautifully done, the cinematography is both nostalgic and creaky, the production design is absolutely impeccable; the film's technical qualities are perfect in a creepy and playful sort of way. Yet, It's the way the entire film is constructed,…
2014 October Horror Series
Wasn't quite sure to expect from this one and was not as pleasantly surprised as I'd hoped to be. A kind-of-anthology-film-but-not-really about the spirit of Halloween going around and killing people who don't respect it properly. It's a cool idea, but at an hour and 18 minutes it just didn't impress. By the time it was over I found myself wanting more... in a bad way. It felt like it just cut off.
I don't know. Some of the stories were fun and it's a good, easy to watch Halloween movie. I appreciated it.
It has been a while since I've seen this but was hoping to get to it for the Halloween season. So it worked out perfectly that it was screening at the Massacre this year. Just love it. And still works today. I think that really comes down to just a great story.
Why are there so many Dead Like Me actors in this?
A fun tribute to Halloween in this anthology film. The humor is past/fail, but the horror elements are varied and sometimes quite effective. A nice combination of all the stories crossing paths throughout the film. Excellent use of Jack-o'-lanterns.
Can someone please explain this Hoop-tober challenge thing to me. I don't get it. Why would somebody watch scary movies in October? Why wouldn't they watch them year round?
EXTRA CREDIT: 3 n1/2 stars for being one of the better "pseudo" anthologies out there. Along with giving props to Samhein.
If, before you watch the movie, you think you have any idea of what you're about to experience, you're wrong.
You just gotta give em something good to eat ....
A fun anthology of Halloween horror stories that offers as many tricks as it does treats.
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
- Gone Girl
- Fight Club
- Citizen Kane
- Mystic River
Suggest any, but please do not state the twist in the comments :)
It has to be a reveal, something…