I know I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but I’ll say it again…Trick ‘r Treat is great.
Trick ‘r Treat is an anthology movie in the spirit of the original Creepshow. It is hands-down one of the best horror anthology films ever made.
Anthologies are hard because, often, one or two of the stories are really good, and the rest are so-so. With Trick ‘r Treat, all the stories are great. The other cool thing is the stories intertwine with each other, and with some you don’t even realize it until almost the end. Sure, some are stronger than others, but none of the stories are bad.
Beyond that, since the entire thing was written and directed by one guy, Michael Dougherty, the whole thing flows incredibly well. Many times, anthologies suffer from a lack of fluidity because each segment comes from a different director, which makes them feel disjointed. Not the case here.
Unfortunately, as it is with a few movies I’ll be recommending, the studio had no idea what to do with it. Despite making the rounds at film festivals and getting massive amounts of acclaim, the movie was delayed from it original theatrical release date of Halloween 2007 and was dumped DTV years later in 2009. There was a brief time in 2008 when, again, it was almost released in theaters, but that was scrapped for unknown reasons. This is even more idiotic because at the time, the popular show True Blood had just taken off, and Anna Paquin was featured prominently in one of Trick r Treat’s stories. They could have easily marketed the film around her sequence if they were weary of being able to attract audiences.
This is the perfect Halloween film. An outstanding mix of scares and humor. Many people have made this their A Christmas Story for Halloween.