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[Movie Review] Trick ’r Treat (2007) ★★★★☆

Trick ’r Treat treats to big tricks and gory fun for a spooky Halloween.


Trick ’r Treat is a horror comedy that centers around Halloween. It’s about all of its traditions, that come to life in five different stories, that are mixed together in a great Halloween themed film where Samhain roams the streets of a little town to bring death, mayhem and frights to all the townspeople. It’s an anthology that doesn’t have separate segments, but intertwines them within the big story arc to produce a dark and deadly All Hallows’ Eve. Trick ’r Treat embodies the spirit of Halloween and does it with sinister glee and campy gory fun. You’d better follow the rules!


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Plot

The film starts out with a couple Emma and Henry who have just come home from the parade. When Emma starts to clean up all the decorations on the lawn, Henry waits inside the house, but it takes her a long time to clean up. Too long… That’s just the start, or rather the event that we are shown first, because there are much more creepy things bumping in Halloween night. 

A boy named Charlie, who’s too big, goes trick or treating and knocks on the door of his school principal, Steven Wilkins who then learns him a lesson about handing out and eating candy. While next door Mr Kreeg bounces on his windows for help. 

Somewhere else in town four trick or treaters, Sara, Macy, Chip and Schrader are collecting Jack O’ Lantarns and pick up another girl Rhonda to take her to a special place. But their pranks go terribly wrong and blow up in their own faces.

One of those trick or treaters, Sara tells a story about a school bus and 8 kids who were special and were driven by Mr Kreeg to a special place. 

Meanwhile four girls have come to town to seduce men and one of them is about to loose her virginity. But this also has a big twist. 

And finally Samhain has some tricks of his own to perform. 


Why you should watch it

Trick ’r Treat is an anthology film but the stories are not separate from each other but woven into the other stories as well. Not only do several characters appear in the tales of others, but they also are very intertwined with each other, forming one big story that is all about Halloween and its traditions and rules. The stories are not chronologically told, so that each story holds its mystery until the end. That enhances the big twists and makes sure that each story gets the focus it deserves and needs.

It’s very well told, in a dark fairytale like manner, while the whole atmosphere truly breaths Halloween. Everyone is in costume, there are a lot of pumpkins, Jack O’ Lantarns, decorated houses and lawns, trick or treating, candy, the telling of ghost stories and the ghouls and monsters coming to life. To top it all off, Samhain makes his own appearance. While he might look cute, with the size of a kid, his creepy burlap sack over this head gives him a sinister look and when he pulls it off, well then he’s not that cute anymore. 

There’s a lot of humor, and it’s a lot wittier than it seems. It might look a bit campy or cheesy at times, but the twists make sure that it is anything but cheesy. The dark humor, combined with the smart twists and the perfect storytelling, results in a very entraining but also spooky movie that weaves different stories together in a great compelling tale with Halloween at its core. The art decoration, the set designs, the cinematography is all very well crafted and does make Halloween come to life. It’s just a perfect must see for Halloween.


My favorite part

I really liked the story about Rhonda and the school bus and how they fit together.  These  stories were my favorites, creepy, with a message and wonderfully filmed. But also the twists in the other stories were great and highly enjoyable. If you want to get in the mood for Halloween, then this is your to-go film. It’s spooky, gory, creepy, fun and its everything you asked for while celebrating Halloween.


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun factor: ★★★★☆

Gore factor: ★★★☆☆

Scare factor: ★★★☆☆

Originality factor: ★★★★☆

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


Cast and crew

Trick ’r Treat is directed and written by Michael Dougherty. It stars Dylan Baker (Steven), Anna Paquin (Laurie), Brian Cox (Mr Kreeg), Samm Todd (Rhonda), Leslie Bibb (Emma), Connor Christopher Levins (Billy), Tahmoh Penikett (Henry), Britt McKillip (Macy and Brett Kelly (Charlie).

Duration: 82 minutes. Music: Douglas Pipes. Cinematography: Glen MacPherson. Edited by: Robert Ivison. Produced by: Bryan Singer. Production company: Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Little Sam Films. Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures.


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