Trick ‘r Treat (2008)

Director: Michael Dougherty

Writers: Michael Dougherty

Tagline: Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life.

Plot: Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.

Cast: Dylan Baker – Steven

Rochelle Aytes – Maria

Quinn Lord – Sam / Peeping Tommy

Lauren Lee Smith – Danielle

Moneca Delain – Janet

Review (spoilers):

Michael Dougherty became popular in horror movie industry after his directing debut named Trick ‘r Treat (al though he made a short animated movie back in 1996 named Season’s Greetings, which you can see here).  I found Trick ‘r Treat to be a perfectly fresh and innovative horror movie, it will introduce you to another point of view of the magic that is known as Halloween. It follows several parallel stories that are connected one to another with a likeable pumpkin character named Sam.  Trick ‘r Treat features everything that I like in a horror movie: suspense, some bizzare things, mystery, magic and even some humour from now and then.

Visually, the movie is perfect. Even, it is Michael Dougerty’s directing debut, but he sure does know how to represent that Halloween atmosphere which we all love. Everything is full with Jack – O – Lanterns, children trick ‘r treating and Halloween parades, I really liked that kind of atmosphere. The movie gets very dark (and sometimes morbid) from time to time but there is still something childish, innocent and likeable in those scenes. I can’t explain it, it’s like the movie perfectly morphed 2 completely different emotions (childish innocence & violence) into one really astonishing experience that is just waiting for you to see it. Wonderful. Besides all that extremely good visual experiences, the movie features some excellent soundtracks which are admirably combined in the overall movie impression.  The one of the most notable scenes in the movie is surely the one with the werewolf transformation (nice effects!) followed by Marilyn Manson’s Sweet Dreams. Superb. Apart from werewolves, there are more villains in Trick ‘r Treat like human vampires (give it a watch and you’ll know what I mean), Psycho killers, dead mentally ill children (this was creepy), psycho killers & of course Sam.

I found the whole scrip to be very enjoyable. Apart being a good director, Michael Dougherty’s writing is also excellent. Unlike many modern horrors, Trick ‘r Treat has an original and deep story.  The plot behind all those murders is explained in a very special way and is still “believable”. The other thing I liked about the script are the character’s different points of  views in same situations which are all combined parallel stories, and all of this works really well with that Halloween mood, awesome. Al though the plot synopsis has some decent twists, kills and everything, some events I didn’t fully understand so I had to read some reviews on the internet afterwards to make me fully understand Trick ‘r Treat. Unfortunately, this is the movie’s only imperfection, I felt like the movie had gone a bit too complex on some parts. But never mind that little thing, besides that, the movie is excellent!

My Rating: 9/10… Another modern masterpice.

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One Response to “Trick ‘r Treat (2008)”

  1. OH this looks good! I love the cover! I have not seen this but I’m going to have to check it out now! Thanks for the post.

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