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When it comes to horror movies, there is a very thin line between the following goals for audience reaction: Entertainment and torment. The problem with most horror movies these days is that they take themselves too seriously, to the point that it isn't fun to watch. High examples are torture-porn films such as Saw and Hostel. And as much as I loved the French film, Martyrs, it is still such a disgusting movie, it's not like I would like to see a girl skinned alive for a second time. Then there's also the movies that don't take themselves seriously enough: Such as The Final Destination or Sorority Row. Although their laughs may or may not be intentional, they aren't scary, and worn from an over-used premise (death and fate killing teenagers, and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' ripoffs). And yet, studios are giving all these bad horror films the right to studios, while real gems, the ones that are able to ably balance torment and entertainment, are stuck with straight-to-DVD releases. Such is the case of this movie.
Trick 'R' Treat, made by Halloween fanatic Michael Doughtery, was finished and slated for an October 2007 release, but due to studios being too busy throwing in another crappy 'Saw' sequel, it was pushed all the way to two years later, and for what? A straight-to-DVD release? Now that's true horror. This is a movie that is truly something unique, compared to most of the studio releases.
Michael Doughtery takes all of Halloween's many traditions and uses them to full effect. The premise of the film is something that will truly get you into the holiday spirit, stating that all of the traditions of Halloween such as handing treats and lighting jack-o-lanterns, were ancient ways of repelling evil spirits. Nowadays, they are treated for mere fun, and people have forgotten their true meaning. One of the main strengths, of this movie, is, surprisingly, the plot...or what little plot there is. Films like 'Saw' have convoluted their plot to such a degree that they are more confusing than all of the seasons of LOST and X-Files combined. However, the plot here is taken seriously, yet also, kept simple and best of all, ghoulishly fun.
It is basically an anthology of four short stories, only rather than a Stephen King collection, all four of the stories are "connected", and it is amazing how the director has intertwined all of these plot lines. Whether it is merely two characters bumping into each other on the street, or a high conflict, the way it all unfolds is surprisingly simple, yet absolutely well-done. These stories include, a principal who also works part time as a serial killer, a group of kids who deliver a cruel prank, a group of sexy (:3) girls who don't get the dates they bargained for, and a grumpy old man who is out of the Halloween spirit. Each of them have a unique twist, to them, both in terms of, "Oh crap, I wasn't expecting that", and in terms of how the stories intertwine.
Another great strength is the atmosphere, which captures the spirit of Halloween in the most amazing way possible since "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas". With an autumn color palette, moody lighting, and some fine acting (though nothing too note-worthy), it all piles up into what is the perfect movie for Halloween right next to John Carpenter's classic Michael Meyers slasher. Trick R Treat gets a 5/5 simply for being what it sets out to be and more, an entertaining horror film that is absolutely perfect for the season, and also, a brilliant connection of stories brought together. Although I am actually arguing with myself about the score, it is just such a fun watch that to place it any lower would be like I'm breaking a Halloween tradition. And after watching this movie, that is definitely not a good idea >_>
Nice review. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I heard about this movie last year, I think. It looks like it has potential to capture the Holloween spirit.
This movie looks really interesting, and from what you've told us, it sounds like an amazingly original Halloween story. I can't believe it will not get the silver screen, it a shame. But I will make sure to check this one out.
Saw the movie and thought it was hilarious, crazy, funny and would recommend it. It has its scary moments don't get me wrong. I love the little kid in the pumpkin outfit. He/she was the best!!! there are a few surprises in the movie so keep your eyes open
Saw this movie last night, great movie. granted. But is it wrong that some parts seemed more funny than scary? I mean, is it wrong to laugh at hot-girl/werewolves ripping people apart? Am I wrong when I laugh because some kids get murdered by the undead? Although this movie has a "scare factor" in that the premise and plot are very realistic, I can't help but find some of these "funny" consequences unpalpable.
I'm not a fan of horror movies but you've convinced me to give this one a shot.
Good review, man. I'm really disappointed this didn't get a wide theatrical release whereas the next generic horror film does. Always like talking with you about horror movies ,too and look forward to your other reviews in the genre.
Sounds like a good movie to play at my halloween party this year. Thanks for the heads up.
Awesome review! I will rent it tomorrow =) It's been a while since I watched a horror film. I agree that these days films are too much into special effects and comedy than actual classic horror or a plot that makes sense at all... Failure to capture the audience!
awesome review! i will most definitely pick this one up from the movie rental box!
Good review. I've never been into horror movies but my wife really loves them so I'll let her know.
Sweet, gotta get this one. Halloween is just 'round ye corner
I hope you are not only like this around Halloween : )
I know, this comment of mine is coming in two years late, but I decided to go back and look at some old blogs. You know, to relive in the goodness of the past. ;)
Anyway, I came across this and it intrigued me. After reading it through, I'm disappointed in myself for not knowing about this movie when it came out! I love watching horror movies (even though I'm a big chicken) and I love Halloween even more. The way this review sounds and from what I've decided to research on it, this sounds like my kind of movie. I now have to see if I can track it down so I can watch it. And I have you to thank for that. So thanks! :)