I mentioned before when I watched Trilogy of Terror that I had a soft spot for horror anthologies. Trick 'r Treat is one of the best I've seen in a while, a winning combination of flashy style, gruesomeness, and a heavy dose of dark humor. And I mean it when I say dark, I can't remember another movie that even attempted to mine laughs from a sequence about a child being murdered and buried in a makeshift grave, let alone make such a sequence hilarious. Trick 'r Treat is most comparable to the Tales From the Crypt TV show, playing up the laughs, outlandish violence and crazy twist endings.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Trick 'r Treat
A quartet of horror stories all set in the same town on Halloween, connected by a weird malevolent little monster disguised as a trick or treater named Sam (for Samhaim!): an elementary school principal who moonlights as a serial killer, a virginal college age girl who runs afoul of some weirdo dressed as a vampire, a group of kids who play a mean prank on a lonely girl and suffer bizarre and gruesome consequences, and a cantankerous old man who learns the true meaning of Halloween. In a novel twist, the movie somewhat cuts between stories instead of simply telling them one after another.