Movie Review: Trick ‘r Treat

Trick 'r Treat Movie PosterTitle: Trick ‘r Treat
Released: 2009 (straight to DVD)
Director: Michael Dougherty
Writer: Michael Dougherty
Stars: Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, and Brian Cox

I have to admit I ignored this movie until I read a review claiming it’s one of the best horror movies ever made. I don’t recall ever seeing any previews for it, so I thought it was a “B” movie that went straight to DVD. While it’s definitely not the best horror movie I’ve ever seen, I do have to say it’s one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in a long time.

I had no idea what this movie was about when I started to watch it, so I was surprised to discover that this is not a standard full-length movie. Trick ‘r Treat is actually several different stories beautifully interwoven into 82 minutes of classic Halloween fun. You follow a slew of characters, such as a school principal with a secret life, a group of teens playing a cruel prank, and a college virgin attempting to find a date for the night, all whose stories manage to overlap in really creative and entertaining ways. The format is reminiscent of the TV show Tales from the Crypt, minus the cheesy puppet Crypt Keeper providing the narration.

With all of the gory, in-your-face horror dominating the big screens today, it was really refreshing to watch a movie that features stories inspired by classic horror tales. There’s no gratuitous violence or gore, no gimmicky music or sound effects to make you jump. Trick ‘r Treat is simply a re-imagining of Halloween urban legends intermixed with some classic horror characters, including werewolves, vampires, and ghosts.

In the end the stories come full circle, tying in so perfectly that it’s hard not to laugh as the credits begin to roll. Trick ‘r Treat is just plain fun — certainly a movie I could see myself watching every Halloween from here on out.

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Trick ‘r Treat

    • The Slasher Chick says:

      There’s a little gore, but definitely nothing like Saw or Hostel or Human Centipede. What I really loved was the multiple storyline format that ties together so well at the end. I found it interesting and a nice change of pace from what’s been coming out lately.

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