Trick 'r Treat (2008)

Trick 'r Treat (2008)

Director: Michael Dougherty

Cast: Dylan Baker as Steven, Rochelle Aytes as Maria, Quinn Lord as Sam / Peeping Tommy, Lauren Lee Smith as Danielle, Moneca Delain as Janet, Tahmoh Penikett as Henry, Brett Kelly as Charlie, Britt McKillip as Macy, Isabelle Deluce as Sara, Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Schrader, Alberto Ghisi as Chip, Samm Todd as Rhonda, Anna Paquin as Laurie, Brian Cox as Mr. Kreeg, Leslie Bibb as Emma

Trick R Treat mixes 4 (5 if you count the short intro) intertwined
Halloween themed tales into one bigger story taking place in the same
little town. It feels like some kind of cross between the Twilight
Zone, comic books and Goosebumps. It's more like small fantastical
short stories with horror elements than outright horror. For a while, I
thought it would be perfect as a scary children movie (several parts
involve kids) but there's a bit of profanity, some flash of naked
breasts and a couple bloodier parts but rather modest compared to what
we're now used to. As it is, it would be better for teens and adults
who still like Halloween as it does capture its fun spirit. The first
story (not counting the intro) starring a principal and an obnoxious
kid was quite amusing with a neat surprise ending. The actor playing
the principal was just wonderful. The second story is a must-see for
fans of True Blood as Anna Paquin plays a shy young woman dressed as
little red riding hood being prodded by her sister and friends into
hooking up with someone for a party. Let's just say she might not meet
a normal guy in those streets. It was fun, surprising and the sexiest
tale of the bunch.

The story with the most Halloween vibe involves a bunch of kids trick
or treating and then going to a place where the Halloween school bus
massacre occurred. I loved the cinematography and the characterization
of the kids (especially the little witch) although like the rest of the
stories it wasn't really scary. The last story involves your old cranky
mean type who hates Halloween getting a lesson from the little
scarecrow-head guy from the cover appearing throughout the film. It's
probably the weakest tale although the ending makes up for it. As a
matter of fact, several characters pop in and out of other stories
which was a neat well-implemented idea. My main criticism, and a minor
one at that, would be that some of the masks for the more supernatural
creatures looked a bit fake but I suppose it could have been worse with
computer imagery. I think Trick R Treat is a very good choice for
Halloween viewing or with candies after Halloween. You've got lots of
Christmas themed movies each year, Halloween movies that are fun,
enjoyable and not too extreme or serious are a much rarer treat.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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