Trick ‘R Treat, anybody?


The month of October is here and that can mean only one thing in the film world — it’s time for Halloween titles! There are many films that base their story on this holiday, including of course the whole Halloween franchise, but after so many tries it’s hard to get it right and make a decent Halloween film. And here is where I want to start talking about one of those, not just a decent film, but a bloody great one.

Trick ‘R Treat takes the Creepshow/Tales from the Crypt approach to wicked new depths with four interwoven tales set on Halloween night. A high school principal (Dylan Baker) moonlights as a vicious serial killer; the quest of a young virgin (Anna Paquin) for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens carries out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man (Brian Cox) battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon.


Trick ‘R Treat might be one of the horror films of all time, in my opinion. The production design is absolutely impeccable and the film’s technical qualities are perfect in a creepy and entertaining way. I should be honest and say that the film struggled to keep my attention for the first 15 minutes or so. But it even has Marilyn Manson singing a sweet and haunting cover of a classic Annie Lennox tune.

The film basically has also you can ask from a Halloween themed title — trick or treating, candy, presents, parties, jack ‘o’ lanterns, and of course that one old guy who hates Halloween. The mix of the said is executed with such ease and mastery.


The opening scene was pretty predictable and the Dylan Baker story didn’t really grab my attention leading on to the start of the Anna Paquin story that was going to be predictable end, just to prove me wrong.

It’s wonderfully directed by Michael Dougherty and includes brilliant cinematography that just brings Halloween to life. Basically, this film is one of a kind, and the holiday of Halloween wouldn’t be much without it on your watch list. Originality is hard to come by in horror these days from what I have seen in my film watching period but Trick ‘R Treat finds it its style and structure. Finished with creepiness at every corner.


After a times, it becomes so unpredictable that only after the event in the film I have fully understood and appreciated what director was trying to do with his feature film. If you’re in need of a recommendation for the Halloween time, well, this is it! And if you have already seen it, maybe it’s time to see it again.

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