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Trick 'r Treat Paperback – October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401225888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225889
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Dougherty is an artisit, writer, and filmdirector. He was the screenwriter for Superman
Returns and X2.
He is also writing four prequels to the Superman Returns Comic Seriesfor DC Comics. Dougherty was born on Halloween. Originally from Ohio, he lives in Los Angeles.

John Griffin has written and produced documents for A& E biography, Turner Classic Movies, and E! Entertainment Television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and a strange black cat.

Bryan Singer (Foreword) is a film director; his work includes The Usual Suspects, X-Men, and Superman Returns. He is the producer for Trick 'r Treat the movie. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Fans of the movie must have this!
Shelley
It is full of color photos and illustrations (mostly orange), as well as a great deal of commentary.
Moundshroud
The book comes in a sleeve, which is shown in the picture.
PIPAjon88

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on October 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Halloween. If you know me than that is what you know ABOUT me...I LOVE HALLOWEEN. So, when I saw this book on a friend of mine's desk, I flipped. I hadn't heard of the movie, hadn't seen the trailer on line, and with the exception of a couple of pieces of art that I had seen in a Halloween Art show the previous year (see what I mean?), I had NO exposure to what lay inside.

The cover was inticing as all Halloween treats should be. Like a witch's gingerbread house you cannot resist but to go inside. And what lurks there?

More than a "making of" book. More than a book about Halloween....Oh, so much more. The photos from this film (it was unreleased at the time of my reading this book), the preproduction art, all of it was fantastic. No, it was more than fantastic. It was inspiring. Exhilarating. But as I enviously perused the pages of my friend's copy of the book, it started offering treats: Comic books, post cards, MASKS!

I needed to OWN this book. Not sometime in the distant future. I needed it NOW. A real "Veruca Salt" moment if you will. So, you can imagine how I felt when my friend showed me how inexpensive it was on AMAZON. I ordered it immediately and waited INpatiently for its arrival.

And now the real kicker. My wife is indifferent to Halloween. She is supportive and will put on a simple costume if necessary, but to her Halloween is my day. She watches patiently as I drag the decorations out, fiddle with my old Super 8mm projectors to conjur ghosts in our windows, listen to old Halloween records and she does it with a smile. Every year in September she asks: "Are you starting Halloween ALREADY?"

I remind her that, in general, these days CHRISTMAS decorations are in stores in September.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:41 Mins
The moment I saw the cover and the publisher, Insight Editions, I had very good feeling about the book. Why? Because Insight Editions had previously published one of the very best art books, The Art and Making of Monster House, which I liked very much.

This book is also frightening good. Wait a minute, Monster House was also a horror movie. What a coincidence.

This is a scrapbook style art book for the live action movie, Trick 'r Treat. The movie is written and directed by Michael Dougherty, who also contributed to some of the art in the book.

First part of the book is about the making of the movie. It's a behind the scenes look at how the movie was produced and shot. Included are details like how Michael Dougherty came up with the script, drew the art and pitched the movie. There are challenges with costume designs because they had to avoid trademarked characters. Also very interesting are how they set up scenes visually and create special effects like the exploding a bag of pumpkin-like goo.

The second part are the five short stories in the movies. In between these stories are accompanying quotes from movies and captions from the staff. There are also pages devoted to several aspect of Halloween, for example the origins of Jack o' Lanterns, the significance of 31 October, what's with the black cat and many other interesting stuff.

Throughout the book is filled with lots of goodies. They include little booklets, stickers, postcards, pumpkin paper cutouts, a Halloween mask and a poster at the back. It's scrapbook goodness. So much that I really had a hard time doing the flipping-page video.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Goodwin on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great in-depth look at the best halloween movie to come out in a long time. The movie itself is an atmoshperic homage to 80's horror, a suspenseful and very, very scary celebration of Halloween. In the vain of Tales from the Crypt or Creepshow, with great performances by the ensemble cast. The book includes plot synopsis, character designs and inspirations, costume sketches, movie stills, paper masks, stickers, storyboards, postcards and comic strips. I was lucky enough to recieve mine at a screening sponsored by AintitCool News and I can't say enough what a great experience this movie was!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Derrick O'Rourke on March 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an enjoyable read and is exact copy of the film. If you haven't seen the film, then watch it first because a lot of the twists & turns are fun in the film and if you read them here they'll have less of an impact when you watch the film. They don't carry as much weight in the comic book format so watch the film first. Then read this because it's still great fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PIPAjon88 on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The behind the scenes look at Trick r Treat ends up being a real treat, if you've been looking forward to this movie like I have. Unfortunately, it's not going to be seeing theaters soon. Ironically enough, the book recounts director Michael Dougherty's trouble with getting the film made. Now he has even more problems getting released. The book comes in a sleeve, which is shown in the picture. The actual book cover is the same as the film's one-sheet. The book is a hardcover, and would make a great coffee table book for the month of October, or if you're into this film as much as me, all year round. Inside, contains stickers from various items throughout the film, an original comic of Dougherty's comic Seasons Greetings, postcards, and even a mask of Sam himself. The trailer for the actual movie makes it hard to understand what the movie is about, so the book does shed some light on the four tales that are to be told. It could be a spoiler for some, but it only made me want to see the film even more after reading the book. For me, it was easy to identify with the diretor's love of Halloween, being that I am the exact same way about the holiday. This book is a great way to support this film, which hopefully will be released to theaters soon or at least to DVD.
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