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Trick 'R Treat (DVD)
It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten. Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick. Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem...the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety-human and otherwise-try to survive the scariest night of the year.]]>
Trick 'r Treat, directed by Michael Dougherty of Superman Returns fame, has a comic book feel but does a nice job of conveying the real things that can spook kids, making for a good Halloween thriller. Composed of four intertwined stories that unfold simultaneously, starting on the same block in Ohio, Trick 'r Treat initially bears some resemblance to John Carpenter's Halloween, in that it focuses on terrors experienced by teens and young, costumed children. As the short tales become increasingly violent and complex, one begins to see that many culprits are responsible, and that a general haunting of all neighborhood jack-o'-lanterns is the root cause of some gory crimes. For example, in one segment, Emma (Leslie Bibb), against the wishes of her husband, Henry (Tahmoh Penikett), blows out a candle in her jack-o'-lantern and pays dearly as her night unfolds. Meanwhile, Laurie (Anna Paquin of True Blood), a young woman dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, goes to the woods to party with her sister and two girlfriends, attracting a stalker whose smile alone is creepy enough to startle a slumber party crowd. The two stories starring younger kids carry the film, however. In one, elementary-schooler Charlie (Brett Kelly) meets with the demented school principal, Steven (Dylan Baker), who assesses Charlie's love of stealing candy and thrashing pumpkins. At the same time, a witchy nerd named Rhonda (Samm Todd) is invited to join a young gang at an abandoned rock quarry and faces the mean gang leader, Macy (Britt McKillip), after a prank goes awry. "Earlier" or "Later" periodically flash onscreen in comic-book typeface, successfully directing the viewer through time and also relieving some tension that would've built through a single sustained story. In this, light comedy and some downright silliness shine through. All the kids are in great costumes, and the film, overall, has a festive goth look. By the end, one trusts that Trick 'r Treat is really targeting the younger age group that it highlights, yet it contains enough spook to make adults jumpy as well. --Trinie DaltonSee all Editorial Reviews
This is my favorite Halloween movie. It gives the creep factor without the blood and gore. It is an instant classic.Published 15 hours ago by Mandi Miglets
Love this movie one of my faves so glad I finaly have it on blue ray, arrived on time and no damages or anything wrong with it.Published 22 hours ago by Tina
Freaking awesome movie, can't wait for another. Just a shame this never got to make its theater debut for some reason. But amazing short storylines, want more SamPublished 3 days ago by justine
All I can say is, "there's 90 minutes of wasted time I'll never get back". Dumb premise, poor acting...not sure why I bothered. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Stratman351
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Typical direct-to-dvd over pricing is what it looks like. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm one of those diehard fanboys who would pay the premium just to watch this on day one.
Aug 24, 2009 by King K/Mohrhouse | See all 6 posts
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The DVD is NOT Double Sided!!!! It looks identical to the Blu-Ray "Pumpkinface"!
Oct 8, 2009 by Demonizer | See all 11 posts
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I think it was THE BURNING.
Oct 2, 2009 by Bruno Liserra | See all 5 posts
7.99 NOW !!
Sep 17, 2010 by Spooky | See all 5 posts
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