Trick r Treat (2009)


Wait. There’s another tradition.  Always check your candy.

— Steven

A lot of buzz has been said about Michael Dougherty’s film Trick ‘r Treat for over two years. It was initially supposed to come out in 2007, but it was shelved for unspecified reasons. The movie was intending to get a theatrical release after the positive buzz it has gotten, but it was decided that the film would go straight to DVD. Personally, I think that was a wise decision.

In the same vein as Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt, this movie interweaves five storylines taking place during Halloween night in Warren Valley, Ohio.

The first shortly deals with a married couple, Emma and Henry (Leslie Bibb, Tahmoh Penikett) coming home from there trip. Emma wanted Henry to take down the Halloween decorations. Henry doesn’t want to, but Emma is too anal about the decorations. She decides to do it herself. Henry goes upstairs while Emma takes down the decorations. She realizes that she is being watched.

The next deals with a bored fat kid, Charlie (Brett Kelly) knocking over pumpkins until he goes up to Steven Wilkins’ (Dylan Baker) house. Charlie is gorging over Halloween candy when he eats some tainted candy. There are some hilarious things going on in the Wilkins household.

Another storyline deals with Laurie (Anna Paquin) trying to find somebody to take her virginity. Her sister, Danielle (Laura Lee Smith) and her friends, Maria and Janet (Rochelle Aytes, Moneca Delain) try to encourage her as well. Left alone, Laurie realizes that there is a mysterious figure following her.

Then there is a group of trick-or-treaters; Macy, Sara, Chip (Britt McKillip, Isabelle Duluce, Alberto Ghisi) who pick up a girl with special needs, Rhonda (Samm Todd) to take her over to the rock quarry. Another friend, Schrader (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) catches up to them with a shopping cart full of jack o’ lanterns over as an offering to the kids that part in the Halloween School Bus Massacre.

The last story deals with the cantankerous neighbor of the Wilkins’, Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox) who feels that something is in his house. It is the mysterious figure with burlap pumpkin head stalking the people of the neighborhood.

I want expected to be scared. I wanted to have a good time with this movie. I was mildly entertained.

Judgment: The movie is not good. It’s B-movie schlock. Really lame effort.

Rating: **


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on October 13, 2009, in 2009, Direct to DVD, Horror and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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