Trick ‘r Treat Review

Starring Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Leslie Bibb, Anna Paquin, and Brian Cox

Directed by Michael Dougherty

Trick ‘r Treat delivers the goods: death, mayhem, blood, and tons of candy. Just remember to check the candy, there may be razor blades in that chocolate. With traditional horror elements, Trick ‘r Treat brings the fun and terror of Halloween to a new audience while catering to the old. It will most certainly go down in history as one of the best Halloween horror films.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty, Trick ‘r Treat brings four interwoven tales set on Halloween night in Warren Valley, Ohio: an old man with a past battles a trick-or-treating demon; a group of teens carries out a cruel prank with horrible consequences; a young virgin searches for that special someone, but her quest turns gruesome; and a high school principal masquerades as a serial killer.

Trick ‘r Treat is a unique horror anthology film, each story overlapping and interacting with the others. The group of teens unleashes the dead souls of a school bus massacre, those dead souls travel to their old bus driver’s home for vengeance. The high school principal stalks the young virgin at the Halloween parade. And the spirit of Halloween makes sure everyone keeps to the rules:

  • Always check your candy
  • Keep jack-o-lanterns burning for protection

Trick ‘r Treat isn’t about the blood and gore, which has become ever popular with the Halloween season and our yearly fix with the Saw franchise; it is about the stories. The viewers are captivated by the interconnected stories and the homage to pre-Halloween mythology. The scares are subtle, the music driving viewers’ hearts to pound in the dark. But subtle scares do not take any credibility away from this Halloween horror film.

Trick ‘r Treat will become a Halloween tradition in my household, being viewed along with other Halloween horror film favorites. It is certainly one of my Halloween favorites when it comes to horror films related to the cursed holiday. Recently, an exceptionally good Halloween horror film has been hard to find until Trick ‘r Treat was fully released to the horror public. It will become a tradition for the horror holidays to come, bringing joy to horror enthusiasts young and old.

~ by nicmarray on October 23, 2009.

One Response to “Trick ‘r Treat Review”

  1. Great review on trick ‘r treat. I agree that a great horror film does not need all the blood and guts. Sometimes you just have to play off of the old folklore.

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