Posted by: Garrett
Trick ‘r Treat is a creepy anthology containing some of the best Halloween-themed films I’ve seen in a long time. The film includes stories that range from serial killers, the walking dead, and the vengeful spirit of Halloween. If you’re in the mood to watch a movie tonight then I highly recommend this one.
The film includes five different short films that occur on this one Halloween night: a principal by day reveals his life as a serial killer by night; a college virgin gets more than she bargained for when she looks for the right guy; a wife who loathes Halloween while her husband is obsessed with the tradition gets a taste for the holiday in the worst way; a group of teenagers awake a dark evil after pulling a prank; a cranky old man must learn the true nature of Halloween when he is visited by the spirit of Halloween himself. The only connection the films have is the appearance of the spirit of Halloween, Sam, a creepy little child-like creature who makes sure the rules of Halloween are being followed.
Hands down my favorite Halloween film. Trick ‘r Treat is one film that I just have to watch on the 31st every year. It’s fun, it’s creepy and violent, and the turns the film takes will surprise you. The holiday hasn’t had a film like this since the original Halloween film in 1978. And the season has been in need of a good mascot since the holiday’s creation and I think “Sam” fits the role perfectly.
The cast does extremely well in the context of the story, especially Brian Cox (Super Troopers, Braveheart) as the cranky Mr. Kreeg and Dylan Baker as the creepy Principal Steven. And where I usually dislike child actors the kids in the prank short film did a great job making it creepy as hell.
The audience may find some of the shorts a little slow and boring when the tension is being built, but luckily with an anthology like this there is always another film around the corner. My person favorites might be the party in the woods and the late night trick or treat’er (the films don’t really have titles, but you’ll know the ones I’m talking about.)
Trick ‘r Treat is by far the quintessential movie for the Halloween season in my opinion. It’s creepy, brutally violent, and captures the mythology of the holiday in the best ways possible. It is well acted by a star-studded cast and even some newcomers do a good job. Being an anthology film, it may be possible you don’t care for every short, but luckily each film feels different from the last and one may be more to your liking. If you haven’t seen this movie and you’re looking for something to watch tonight you will not be let down. Happy Halloween!