TRICK ‘R TREAT Review. [Fantastic Fest ’09]

Posted by Peter Hall - October 8th 2009 @ 12:25 pm

Written and Directed by Michael Dougherty, 2007

Trick ‘r Treat is the holy grail of Halloween themed horror films. Not because of the notoriously long path writer-director Michael Dougherty’s film has had to take to finally get released (a refresher: TrT was finished and first shown back in 2007 and, despite an overwhelming reaction to its first public exhibition, proceeded to be locked away in a vault at Warner Brothers for unspecified reasons), though that did turn it into a rare find to be coveted. No, Dougherty’s film is such a treasure because it is Halloween. It just had the misfortune of being born a decade too late, of being born into a time when studios only care about remakes or sequels and certainly not about anthology films. Dougherty had, as far as a studio is concerned, the audacity to finely craft, gasp, an original, American horror film.

Wrong-decade misfortune that may be, however, it’s great to be able to say that Trick ‘r Treat will still be watched on Halloween for decades to come. Those who love it, like I, will still be watching it with great devotion. Those who merely liked it will not be able to help themselves from putting it on as background to their Halloween parties. And those who hated it, well, those who hated it don’t exist. They can’t exist. To hate Trick ‘r Treat would be to hate the entire spirit of Halloween, a spirit Dougherty apparently has complete domain over.

Read the rest of my TRICK ‘R TREAT review at HorrorSquad.

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  1. October 24th, 2009 | 12:25 am | #1

    I just saw the trailer to this thing and it looks intense! I can’t wait to go rent it. I feel like most films use Holloween as a portion of what their horror film is about, i.e. Holloween with Michael Myers, where he is the central and important theme. But in this movie, Holloween is the central idea and I think that’s great. I mean what’s scarier then everything relating to Holloween coming back to get you?? This movie shows you that nothing is!

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