Halloween this year will cause problems for a small town reminding them the holiday they thought was fun should not be taken lightly. The school principal who is actually a serial killer, a hideous demented trick-or-treater who takes his candy seriously, a secret coven of vampires, and a hidden town secret all come together to provide the scariest night ever.
Dylan Baker (Steven), Rochelle Aytes (Maria), Quinn Lord (Sam/Peeping Tommy), Lauren Smith (Danielle), Moneca Delain (Janet), Tahmoh Penikett (Henry), Brett Kelly (Charlie), Anna Paquin (Laurie), Brian Cox (Kreeg).
Trick ‘r Treat takes an interesting approach to horror by lightly combining several different horror stories into one film with a focus on children. The stories don’t depend on each other much but are connected giving the film a strange continuity. The stories themselves feel barely fleshed out which actually contributes to the horror element and leaving us wanting more. Character development is light, as is much of the plot development, probably discarded in an effort to get to the horror faster. The surprises and suspense are nice with good BOO moments, gore, and plenty of dead children.
Acting was good though with multiple storylines there was no one main character and instead one or two for each story. Paquin, Cox, Penikett and Baker all did nicely with good delivery and fairly solid performances. Supporting work by the remainder of the cast was pretty good with only a few who felt inexperienced.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were quite a mix. Camera work was consistent while sets and backgrounds were well done while exhibiting nice variety. Effects consisted of makeup or costumes, action scenes, and mild CGI. All were well done with good attention to detail. Dialogue, sound, and soundtrack were also well done throughout.
Overall Trick ‘r Treat takes several somewhat common horror stories and combines them into a single, somewhat unique, movie experience. Horror fans will likely enjoy this one quite a bit despite the lack of story or character development.
With plenty of horror violence including murdered children, disturbing horror concepts, blood and gore, foul language, nudity, and mild sexuality save this for the oldest teens and above.
Trick ‘r Treat is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 3 out of 5
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