Trick ‘R Treat
You know, it took me years to get to this thing because I am not really an Anna Paquin fan (though I am thawing a little). A fellow blogger finally twisted my arm enough to at least just try it, and it pretty much instantly became an absolute favourite of mine! This is essential Halloween viewing for me every year, and I don’t think that there will be many horror fans that don’t like this one. Trick ‘r Treat is tremendously underrated, something that makes this an even better gem in my opinion, but undeniably one that deserves the praise it has garnered and to be shared.
“Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice.”
SYNOPSIS: Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater. – via IDMB
The film is shot really nicely, and the sets that are used are just awesome. The soundtrack is perfect for this movie, and it comes together really well. The film itself is really short, but never once is it a boring one, and that counts for a lot for me. Neither does it feel very short, which is great. The opening credits are unbelievably well done, and capture and maintain your interest. The comic book style artwork worked excellently, and that song? Wonderful. It really sets the tone and mood for the rest of the film.
The various stories that are woven through this movie are all interesting and entertaining, and I think that I may have a pretty dark sense of humour. I found it to be very amusing, and had plenty laugh out loud moments. Some characters were (obviously) more likable than others, and the cast carried the stories really well, and complemented this movie in every single way. The cast is a very good one, too, which is great. There were some big names attached to the project, and each and every one of them worked wonders with their material. A particular favourite of mine was, naturally, Dylan Baker. He was amazing, and he made me laugh every time he was on-screen. The relationship between his character Steven and his son Billy was just bizarre too, but I thought the two of them worked it together perfectly. Sam was eerie and fascinating all at once, and his appearance throughout the entire anthology ties it all together neatly.
I love how Trick ‘r Treat manages brilliantly to balance creepy (some people have told me this was particularly scary, hence I wonder if my sense of humour is a little broken) as well as comical for me. That isn’t a simple feat to achieve. The costumes, too, were magnificent. Every frame of this movie was simply Halloweeny, capturing the essence of the holiday, so I am sure that it set out to achieve exactly what it wanted to. The film was not marred by silly CGI taking over the whole time, either, and relies are more traditional looks and feels. The tone and feel of Trick ‘r Treat is perfect for Halloween, though you can naturally watch it any time of the year.
I am so stoked to see that there is a sequel in the pipeline because this is seriously something that could have a large number of stories to put together in numerous different towns and with loads of different characters. I just hope it doesn’t disappoint and fall flat. Michael Dougherty has been dancing around this sequel issue for ages now, so let’s cross our fingers and anticipate the best!
Needless to say, I am a huge fan of this movie, and all the work that went into it. It’s well paced and pretty, charming and fresh, and a wonderful tribute to the holiday and the stories that go hand in hand with October and Samhain. I honestly feel that it deserved a theatrical release, and it is a pity it didn’t actually get it, and doesn’t have the recognition it deserves. If you have not caught Trick ‘r Treat, I recommend you get your hands on it immediately and check it out!