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Trick ‘R Treat

September 29th, 2009 by unkle lancifer · 15 Comments

Believe the hype, ignore the backlash, the long awaited TRICK ‘R TREAT is definitely more treat than trick. Not only standing tall as an unabashed love letter to everybody’s favorite holiday, this movie succeeds as an ode to anthology films, horror comics and a twisted yet less cynical sensibility all but forgotten. If you’re a fan of eighties horror and have been missing the goofy dark fun of films like FRIGHT NIGHT, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS or especially CREEPSHOW, I guarantee you are going to gobble this up. It’s scary without being nauseating, funny without being brain dead and overall works like an injection of candy corn right into your veins. Sometime between now and the 31st of October do yourself a solid and rent or buy this film. If TRICK ‘R TREAT doesn’t get you in the Halloween spirit then frankly, you are a lost cause and deserve whatever egging, or flaming crap filled paper bag you find on your doorstep.

I won’t go into the whys and why nots of this films history. Most of you are probably aware that it missed a chance at a theatrical run and has wound up as a direct to DVD offering instead. Truth is, I’m not sure that modern audiences even deserve this kind of movie anyway. It’s beautifully shot, having no interest in looking sewer doused, characters are not required to be humiliated before death and at no point did I feel like somebody was trying to sell me a cell phone, a pair of jeans or a can of soda. If you’ve been waiting for the scariest movie ever made, keep waiting, this is more about that crisp creepy breeze that blows into town in autumn and the anticipation and excitement that occurs when darkness falls. It’s not a nail-biting ordeal; it’s a joyful, yet sometimes potently subversive salute to the convivial side of the macabre.

Remarkably director/writer MICHAEL DOUGHERTY has captured the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve like a bat in a fishing net, a feat made more impressive when you consider how many have failed at that task before him. Rather than compartmentalize his tales, he allows them to weave and interact and the result is rather innovative in the realm of anthology horror. This is obviously a work of love and it shows and although its final moments could have used a little extra punch, there are few things to complain about here. Maybe I’m suddenly old fashioned or maybe this film just falls right in line with my own tastes, but one thing is for sure, there’s no doubt I’ll to be watching TRICK ‘R TREAT every October (along with my other holiday standbys) till that old grim reaper comes and tears me away.

Tags: Halloween · Kids Who Kill · Trauma Au Courant · Tykes in Trouble

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wings1295No Gravatar // Sep 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I have heard and read nothing but good things about this flick. I cannot WAIT to get my paws on a copy.


  • 2 Sam PaganNo Gravatar // Sep 29, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I hadn’t heard about this movie until last week or so when a friend told me about it. The trailer makes the movie look really well done, and not too cringe-worthy. I may have to splurge and get it when I can.

  • 3 smidget28No Gravatar // Sep 29, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Is this coming up for release?

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 29, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Smidge, Trick ‘R Treat will be available to rent or buy 0ct 6 (one week from today!)

  • 5 MattNo Gravatar // Sep 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I refuse to download and watch this, as tempting as it may be.  Can’t wait to pick up the blu-ray on Oct 6

  • 6 Professor Von WhiskersenNo Gravatar // Sep 29, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    First you show the trailer to the new Nightmare on Elm Street, motivating me to buy the 1st four original movies on DVD (through your links to the right).  Now you show me this which I also must own.  I see what kind of racket you’re running…

  • 7 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 30, 2009 at 1:07 am


    Now that I think about it, I should have known that as soon as I referenced Fright Night a copy of Trick ‘R Treat was as good as on its way to the Mickster household! There is no doubt in my mind that you guys will love this one. I want to say more but don’t want to ruin anything besides that trailer pretty much says it all. Can’t wait to hear what you guys think! 

  • 8 micksterNo Gravatar // Sep 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

    You are so right, Unk! You had me at Fright Night!  We can’t wait to see it!

  • 9 noodleheadproductionsNo Gravatar // Sep 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Keep an eye out for Connor Levins who plays Dylan Baker’s son Billy in the film:

  • 10 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm


    Connor was hilarious in this movie! “Charlie Brown is an asshole!” may have been my favorite line!

  • 11 LaDraculNo Gravatar // Sep 30, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Remember when Anna Paquin and vampires wasn’t incredibly tired? I just don’t know why this didn’t get a theatrical release BEFORE “True Blood”.
    The story with Brian Cox and that sack-head kid, however, is freaking me out…

  • 12 Jerry73No Gravatar // Oct 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Hell’s Yeah!!! This movie looks completely bad ass!!! Such great, nostalgic Halloween atmosphere, a heatlthy dose of horror and some crafty suspense creating something that should have been in theaters, but will just be glad to finally see it!

  • 13 BlackwingroseNo Gravatar // Oct 3, 2009 at 1:52 am

    That burlap headed creature is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in weeks (am serious)! Your review of this is so glowing and the trailer is so cool, I’m gonna put this on Netflix but time it to get here towards the end of the month, lol. Oh, and name dropping Fright Night gets my attention too. 🙂

  • 14 kerstinNo Gravatar // Oct 6, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Trick ‘r Treat is fun! It’s a shame this movie didn’t make it to theaters. Love the visuals, really captured the Halloween spirit.

  • 15 ApocalypsejunkieNo Gravatar // Oct 22, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I caught this little gem last week from Netflix. To say it is fantastic would be an understatement! This is one that I will be adding to my DVD collection and also my must watch every Halloween season collection 🙂

    And Charlie Brown IS an asshole! :-)>

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