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From Bryan Singer and Michael Dougherty, the director and screenwriterof Superman Returns and X2, comes a comic horror tale perfect forHalloween--Bryan Singer's Trick or Treat.On the night when demons andtortured souls are free to walk the earth alongside mortal revelers,four tales of terror--of a staid high school principal who is aHalloween serial killer, a college-age virgin seeking that special guy,a woman who hates dressing up for Halloween and whose husband isobsession with the holiday and a group of young teens who pull a cruelprank--will make you laugh even while scaring you.]]>
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The film is set up as a sort of anthology of short stories, yet they all intertwine and complement each other in the end. There is some great artwork in the tradition of Creepshow and at times reminded me of that film, but the main difference is Creepshow's stories are all their own and Trick 'r Treat follows one night with several groups and characters that each have their own encounter with a very evil character indeed. The film has lots of suspense, violence, gore, and some sexy nudity in one story involving werewolves. We also have a serial killer principal, some rotten teens trying to scare a nerdy girl, and a story told that is destined to be some type of urban legend in the future involving mentally disabled kids and a disastrous fate. The greatest thing about Trick 'r Treat is its style and campy flavor that truly stuck to the evil side of the tracks. The film was so much fun to watch and destined to be a genre classic.
It's too bad that an original idea comes to Hollywood and and they respond by not giving it a release in theaters and snubbing it. I was very lucky to see it in a theater at all. It really is a shame Hollywood is only pumping out atrocious sequels, remakes, and reinterpretations left and right. I guess seeing indie flicks is the only satisfaction I will be getting anytime soon, for the major studios are filling the theaters with boring horror crapfests!
One of the reasons the film feels so vile is that the people who populate the tale feel so utterly real. It's really hard to explain without spoiling a lot of what makes it work so well, but - to give you an idea - director Michael Dougherty explained to us that one of the notes he received during the production process was that the children he cast were "too young". Couldn't he make the kids older? Couldn't he cast hotter? That's not to say that elements of the cast aren't flat-out "foxy" (witness the sexi-sexi of Lauren Lee Smith and Rochelle Aytes) but there are sequences in the film that work perfectly because they're not about plasticine twentysomethings. Again - I can't explain exactly what I mean without doing you a disservice - but when you finally see the film, you'll understand completely.
Trick r Treat has been described in certain quarters as an anthology film - but that's not wholly accurate.Read more ›
There are a few reasons why this would have happened. For instance, Warner Brothers had just suffered from the box office dud that was SUPERMAN RETURNS, which was directed by Bryan Singer and was written by Michael Dougherty, who eventually helmed TRICK `R TREAT. Both individuals were probably seen as potential risk hazards for executives at Warner Brothers considering the failure of their previous film. Another reason could have been that they simply did not want to compete with the latest SAW-fest. Whatever the case, the people responsible for the marketing of this film should be ashamed - very ashamed - of themselves. TRICK `R TREAT premiered at several different film festivals, and won the audience award at Screamfest. Harry Knowles and other critics hailed it as one of the greatest Halloween films ever made. With all of the positive hype surrounding the film, no one could quite understand why the good people at WB had remained silent about it.
As of next Tuesday, TRICK `R TREAT will be released...on DVD. Now, there is a stigma attached to straight-to-DVD fare. This is for a reason. Getting a straight-to-DVD release is a bona-fide guarantee that the film sucks. It's never a good sign. However, TRICK `R TREAT is the exception to that rule. Technically, you could say that it doesn't qualify in the S.T.D.V.D.Read more ›
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I love this movie and I'm happy I have it again, because somebody stole mine 6 years ago.Published 11 days ago by Alexandria G
It wasn't the cover advertised/shown for the multi format option that I ordered. Expected the one with Sam standing, not the close up of his exposed face. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jessica
Bought this thinking it was the two disc + digital copy version that was linked from Bluray.com. Just a heads up that its not, but the movie itself is awesome and i have no... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Victor
It's such a tragedy this epic Halloween movie did not get a theatrical release. It would have so much more renown if it had, everything about this movie just bleeds the Halloween... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Bradley Helton
love it love the story telling, and all. cant say to much with out giveing it away... but it is a great moviePublished 25 days ago by james bradshaw
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