Trick ‘r Treat: Review
If you like Halloween even a little bit, or at least remember when you loved it as a kid, do yourself a favor and check out Trick R’ Treat. There are tons of Horror movies that you may associate with Halloween because they’re scary or bloody, and some may even take place on Halloween (Hocus Pocus, Halloween), however there are very few movies that are actually ABOUT Halloween, and Trick ‘r Treat has become the quintessential film for the season.
This is Sam. He is now to Halloween what Santa is to Christmas or a Leprechaun is to St. Patricks Day.
Admittedly I’m a little embarrassed by the fact that it took me this long to watch it (originally came out in 2007, DVD release in 2009). At the end of a great day of decorating and Halloween prop building, it felt like the perfect time. With the only light in the room being the orange glow of our Halloween lights, the mood was set.
Do you remember the fun you had trick or treating with your friends, or that vibe at the end of your Halloween night which you could almost grasp? Or what about wanting to keep the hall light on after a night of creep with chocolate covered hands? Writer / Director Michael Dougherty certainly does.
Dougherty has captured the essence of Halloween perfectly, at any age, and pours it all over every scene of Trick ‘r Treat.
It’s not just the Halloween vibe Trick ‘r Treat has going for it, the movie also stands on its own. It’s wildly unpredictability, which for me personally is so refreshing (especially within this genre), and its throw back use of practical effects are just two of many reasons to give it a watch outside of the Halloween spirit.
I know I’m gushing quite a bit over this film, and probably the best thing I can say about it, is its non linear story telling that keeps you engaged and entertained from start to finish. The word that comes to mind most is layered. It will scare most, amuse many and intrigue the majority. It’s a movie that can (and probably should) be watched multiple times as there will likely be things missed the first go around. The busy and purposely rich background activity will keep you entertained on your 2nd, 3rd and 4th viewings.
Trick ‘r Treat: Review reviewed by Myles Calvert on October 18, 2016 rated 4.3 of 5