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Trick ‘r Treat (2008)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

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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Halloween(1978)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by Pass the Popcorn!

halloween Director: John Carpenter

Writer: John Carpenter(screenplay)

Debra Hill(screenplay)

Tagline: The trick was to stay alive.

Plot: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Cast: Donald Pleasence – Dr. Sam Loomis

Jamie Lee Curtis – Laurie Strode

Nancy Kyes – Annie Brackett

P.J. Soles – Lynda van der Klok

Charles Chypers  – Sheriff Leigh Brackett

Review (spoilers):

Yesterday was Halloween so I’m going to review the movie Halloween from 1978.  How cool from me, eh? Anyways this movie starts off with little Michael killing his older sisters, we don’t know why and actually we don’t care about her. The whole scene was made through Michael ‘s eyes so I found it to be very nice and creepy.  After the murder occurs he is sent to some hospital and after 15 years of treatment he escapes somehow and goes to his hometown to kill his younger sisters, his doctor chases him all the way. After that we have few dead kids, the final fight scene in which we learn that Michael is somehow undefeatable and he just escapes.

This movie is pure win.  It is directed by John Carpenter (probably my favourite director) and he had chose some of his most  trustworthy actors and actresses (Donald Pleasence & Jamie Lee Curtis) followed by a great soundtrack.  So what makes this movie so great and different from other legendary killer movies? It doesn’t rely so much on gore and blood but on psychotic terror.  The stalking in the movie was done awesome.  Michael follows around his victims all the time and even appears behind them few times but he doesn’t kill them instantly. In case of that girl ( I forgot her name ) which was stuck in that backyard building (or whatever was that), he could have killed her like 5-6 times but he didn’t and that’s what it makes a good atmosphere and suspense. Later she is killed in the “safety” of her car, I must admit I didn’t see that one coming. In all other slasher horror movies you exactly know when the kills will occur, you predict them, in this one, you don’t.

Let’s go back to Michael himself: he is scary as hell. His white mask gives me the creeps and you never know where to expect him, he just pops out few times and I’m not going to comment the scene where he is having a sheet over his head; that one was just sick. Second thing I like about him is his silence. Through almost the whole movie (expect in one part where he’s real face is shown) is not making any sounds, that was also creepy. He is perfect for being a serial killer.

I also liked the reality factor in the movie. I mean, Carpenter didn’t want to waste our time with stupid explanations and “spooky” discovers about his lunacy and invincibility (in sequels I think we got them). Michael is just a friendly neighbourhood child who suddenly went crazy, who needs more explanations? Explanations like that just kill the movie and the atmosphere, without them you may even think something like that could happen in your hometown. Why not?

What this movie makes a good movie is it’s spirit. It’s not all mindless killings and overused gore, it has a meaning of some sort, it has it’s suspense and atmosphere, that’s why it is so perfect. I recommend it to everyone.

My Rating: 10/10… Carpenter made this movie. If you need more reasons read the review once more : ]