Trick 'r Treat
Trick 'r Treat

Posted by DJ I.Z.
Released on: October 2009

One of the better modern horror movies I've seen in a long time.  A series of entwined tales, with great stories and twists.

Trick r' Treat is hands down one of the best movies I've seen and that we've had at our monthly movie night.  I think we were almost ashamed at how high of quality it was, given the junk we normally watch.  This movie takes a similar approach to Tales From The Crypt and Creepshow, throwing in a basis of a comic book tale as a movie.  In this case we're introduced to four separate tales that are woven together.  For me, this is what really made the movie.  The tie-ins were masterfully done, and it was fun trying to make all of the connections.

One tale is around a school principal (Steven) who has a dark side, and quite obviously isn't crazy about kids.  Or rather, he's crazy, it revolves around kids, but not in a good way!  Probably the best dialogue exchange (paraphrased below) is between him and his son as the principal is burying some bodies:

   Steven: "Go inside and watch Charlie Brown"
   Son: "Charlie Brown is an asshole!"

There's also a tale about some teens who decide to play a prank on a girl based off of a town legend, only to have it go awry.  This is one of those situations where you have a general idea what's going to happen, but there are still some good twists thrown in.  Another tale is about a woman who is a virgin (spoiler: not virgin in the sense you might think...) and her trip to a party with her older sister.  Dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, her meek and mild demeanor make her a target for a predator.  Finally, we have the story of an old man who who is trying to forget his past with booze and isolation, and gets a visit from a little demon.

I think it's rediculous that Warner Bros buried this movie from release for 2 years, and then letting it go straight to DVD.  The IMDB trivia indicates it may be because Saw IV was to be released around the same time, which goes to show how shitty movies are the norm for being released. 

Again, this was a great movie, really well done, definitely something you could watch a few times in a row.  The length is perfect (~77 minutes before the credits hit) and there's a good mix of suspense, humor and action.  Definitely pick this one up!

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