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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 bitter old recluse receives an uninvited guest.
Trick 'r Treat might be one of the greatest horror movies of all time. It has everything I could ask for: A Spuds MacKenzie-esque dog. The fat kid from Bad Santa. Headgear Girl. Anna Paquin going all Little Red Riding Hood. Marilyn Manson singing a sweet howling cover of a classic Annie Lennox tune. A mini-peeping Tom having some dressing room fun. Lost in Space costumes. Brian Cox acting grumpy. Dylan Baker acting creepy. Plus, Sam, the coolest midget walking killer pumpkin creature I've ever laid eyes on.
All of these ingredients are mixed into five interlocking stories. When the final credits roll, almost everything will make so much more sense. Wonderfully directed. Brilliant cinematography that brings Halloween to life.…
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,…
On my first rewatch of Trick 'r Treat in close to 10 years, it didn't hold up quite as well as I had anticipated. I'm really squeamish about puke in horror movies now, I never used to be, but maybe it's because I no longer do things to my body that forces it to expel whatever garbage I ingested, so it's mostly just unpleasant as I look away from the screen and, it's like, of course the "fat kid" is the one doing all the puking and getting ragged on about diabetes. I don't want to watch a movie that expects me to laugh at this kid enjoying candy on Halloween, it's what kids do and it's a little too…
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 of minutes and then…
ITS OCTOBER BABY
cute movie, i guess
creative storytelling but not really immersive horror
A cult classic containing four intertwining stories about the sacred traditions of Halloween, this film is a fun guilty pleasure all around. While light on straightforward scares, the atmosphere more than makes up for it, feeling reminiscent of early Tim Burton (the score feels very Elfman-Raquel). None of the characters are particularly likeable, and perhaps by choice, as they serve little purpose other than to drive home the point. The most likeable character is the iconic Halloween sprite Sam, who serves as the connecting piece between the tales. Worth a rewatch or two, if only to spot all the connections you missed the first time around.
This movie is not scary, but it's pretty good.
This is film did exactly what it set out to do, and that's be the quintessential Halloween film. It had all the tropes and themes most Halloween movies have all in the same movie.
This movie did come as somewhat of a relief because I've been cramming the horror movies in this month, and I've mostly been watching films that stick with you in some way or the other and often leave the viewer with a dreadful or macabre feeling. Trick'r Treat was a nice break from that, and while I typically try to watch something funny after a harrowing horror film, after this one I actually wanted to watch another horror movie.
Overall, a real "get in the spirit" type movie and worth the watch. I won't call it one of my favorite Halloween movies, but I could see myself making a tradition of watching it every year.
My expectations were fairly low going into this. I did't think that Trick 'r Treat would be playing the same level of other diamond- in-the rough horror films: Cabin in the Woods, It Follows, etc.
By and large, a handful of stories intersect on one very strange Halloween night. These tales will make you laugh uncomfortably and jump out of your skin!! Dougherty's film defies genre, since it's not fully a horror film or a comedy; the real strength of his film is found in the area where these two differing tones, overlap.
So, if you're looking for monsters- human and supernatural - and a clever twist on familiar horror tropes, TrT gets a big thumbs up from me.
Have a happy Halloween and be sure to check your candy. :)
When I watch and rate movies, I try to judge them on their own merits. How well does a given film execute its idea and how much does it entertain me? "Trick 'r Treat" succeeds at the former but sort of struggles with the later. It has several interwoven stories that all piece together nicely without being hard to follow, which is a tough task. What I admire most is how it encapsulates everything there is to love about Halloween in an eighty minute package. I was never fully invested, but this does seem like the kind of film that will become more charming on repeat viewings.
Yay Halloween fun!
It's fun, but all it did was make me want to watch Ernest Scared Stupid.
CAT rating: 🎃 🍭 😈
Everything you could possibly want in a horror Halloween movie and more. This actually made me jump a few times and was significantly creepy. I'll be staying as far away from school buses as possible from here on in. I enjoyed the 4 stories and the way they all came together in the end.
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