Director: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Tahmoh Penikett
Poison, drowning, claw, or knife. So many ways to take a life.
Trick ‘r Treat is a horror anthology that takes place in a little city on Halloween. All the stories are related to the holiday and they all have the presence of a little trick or treat boy in a pyjamas with a sack over his head. The stories intertwine together and is done so quite well and does not have the usual breakup between the segments which is the typical way of doing an anthology movie.
The stories are short since they are all cramped into a 80 minute feature, so I won’t go into them in detail. The neat thing about them all is how they are all about Halloween seen from different age perspectives. It reminded me a lot about Creepshow and that’s a good thing. A lot of movies the last ten years have proclaimed to be “old school” 80’s horror, but I think this is the only one that really feels like an homage to the horror movies of that decade.
Somehow this movie got hold away from release by Warner for two years, which eventually made this movie into a prime example of how little major studios understand horror these days. It also made this movie quite popular in the online horror community since this is a good quality horror movie that is neither a remake, reboot, sequel or anything like that and it received practically no support from its studio at all. Horror is basically the underdog of the movie industry and this film was sort of an underdog within the genre.
Trick ‘r Treat is Michael Dougherty’s project. He both wrote and directed it and struggled to get it released. It’s his first movie in the directors chair and I think he did quite well. The pacing is good, the visual look of the movie is good and the acting is done quite well. It’s fun to see Anna Paquin pop up here right before she is going to change her life with the True Blood fame. Dougherty has mentioned that he would like to create a sequel, but if that is to happen then they need to get on with it soon since it’s already a few years since this got released by the time of writing this.
Trick ‘r Treat will surely be a movie that gets watched every Halloween in the years to come for a lot of horror fans. It is a movie that has a lot of love and respect for the genre and the Halloween holiday and is able to mix it quite nicely together in a fun package.