Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Trick 'r Treat

Here is the synopsis from IMDB.com: Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o' lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.

Chances are you have never heard of this film. It was supposed to come out in 2007, but for some reason was shelved until now. It has never had a theatrical release, but has been touring at various horror film festivals. I heard about it last year at LA's Screamfest, but wasn't able to see it there. I think i's very sad that Saw VI and the remake of The Nightmare on Elm Street get wide releases, but this gem of a movie does not.

I have been waiting a full year to see and I have to say that I am not disappointed at all. This movie is one of the most unique horror movies that has come out recently. It goes back to the Tales from the Crypt or Creepshow format of film, except that the stories are interwoven throughout the film. The story goes back and forwards in time and some characters are seen in more than one story. This sounds like it could get confusing, but it really does not. Based on horror conventions, I thought I knew where each story was going to go, but I was totally wrong. This movie has unpredictable twists and turns. It's funny, as well as creepy and scary. The acting is great; the special effects, sets, and mood are awesome for fairly low budget movies.

My favorite character of the entire film is Sam. He is like the spirit of Halloween. The writer and director, Michael Dougherty, describes him as a twisted version of Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin. Sam goes around and enforces the rules of Halloween in interesting ways, like always check your candy and never blow out a jack-o-lantern before midnight.

This film is out on DVD today, so if you're interested I invite you to buy or rent it. It's the perfect movie for Halloween!


Lula O said...

I loved Creep Show, and I've never heard of this one. The poster sure is creepy, but it sounds like great fun.

Misty said...

That cover is A W E S O M E
I love it. Definitely need to look this up for a Halloween movie marathon.