Day 31

Trick R’ Treat

Year


2007

Starring


Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Quinn Lord, Lauren Lee Smith, Tahmoh Penikett, Leslie Bibb, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox

Directed by


Michael Dougherty

Tagline


Poison, drowning, claw, or knife. So many ways to take a life.

Synopsis

An anthology of horrible delight, about a town where all the dark things come out to play on Halloween night.

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Review

Trick R’ Treat is a 2007 horror anthology film from director Michael Dougherty that has a delightfully whimsical quality to its storytelling, setting it aside from the normal Halloween fare. I’ve always had a fondness for horror and fantasy blends. Many of this movie’s “fantasy” qualities are more subdued than a Guillermo Del Toro film, but shares that kind of fairytale-like plot structure.

Unlike most anthology films, each segment is directed by the same director, helping the movie to maintain a consistent tone. It is common for anthologies to have clashing tones among their micro-plot arcs as some anthologies employ multiple directors, each one in charge of their own segment. The result usually leads to some micro-stories outshining the others. I enjoyed each of Trick R’ Treats segments for different reasons, but I don’t think any outshined the others in terms of quality. While I have my favorites, I think it has more to do with the story that was chosen to be told, rather than the quality of the storytelling. This also helped with the narrative flow and how each story segued into another.

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This movie reminds me of 80’s horror flicks, when horror films were designed around the idea of having fun and had some sillier aspects, all in the name of delivering an entertaining experience. While I love the stuff we’ve been treated to these last few years in the horror scene, there is a noticeable lack of “fun” horror. I believe that’s why I found Trick R’ Treat so refreshing. However, the goofier aspects of the movie detract from how scary the overall narrative is. The Exorcist this is not.

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I love that each story has elements or characters from previous stories already shown, lending credence to the idea that each story is interconnected and happening on the same night in the same town. Because this is pulled off in such an awesome way, it left me a little bummed out that we didn’t get as much “lore” about the creatures, characters, and town as I would have liked. Maybe its just the writer in me, but I had a lot of questions that I wished had been answered about this “shared universe”.

Trick R’ Treat is definitely a treat as long as you are looking for an experience that is lighter on scares, but delivers on holiday fun. I would rank this as an essential Halloween movie and might be my go to for Halloweens to come.

That’s it for 31 Days of Dreadtober! I’ve received a lot of great feedback from you guys this month and we’ve grown a substantial amount since the time of the first post. While I might not do posts every day again, I want Dreadtober to be an annual event. I’m also considering doing a similar event in December focused more on geek culture (25 Days of Geekmas?). Either way, Dreadtober has been a success and I thank all the Acolytes, new and old for supporting our content this month. 

We’ll be going back to our normal post schedule(Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday), so the next post won’t be until Thursday so I can catch a breather from posting. See you all Thursday and a happy Halloween!