There are movies you watch around Halloween time, mostly horror that embody the spirit of the Holliday. In fact the first that comes to mind is usually Halloween. Now even though that film, which is a true masterpiece, takes place on Halloween it doesn't capture the essence of what Halloween is. In fact I can think of only one film that does, and that is Trick r Treat.
Trick r Treat is without a doubt the greatest, in my opinion, anthology film ever made,and also the beat horror film to come out in the last 10 years. It centers around a demon like child named Sam. Sam is dressed up for Halloween in an orange jumpsuit, and has a burlap sack for a mask. He carries his orange pumpkin lollypop with a bite taken out and a big sack for his treats. He wanders around town as different events unfold, that will end up coming all together.
Without giving away spoilers for those who have not seen it. The stories consist of the following. An evil principle who catches one of his students smashing pumpkins and decides to murder him. A young woman dressed as Little Red Riding Hood is on her way to a party with her friends as she is being stalked by a serial killer. A group of children lure an unsuspecting slow child to an old quarry to tell her the tale of "The School Bus Massacre" and play a cruel joke on her that goes horribly wrong. And finally we meet a mean old man who takes pleasure in scaring little kids and stealing their candy.
While all of this sounds simple, every story has a delightful twist that even the most hardcore horror fan will not always see coming. The acting, score, and pacing make this film second to none. It truly is a classic modern horror film that I cannot praise enough. In fact I find this to be a perfect film in every sense of the word.
Overlooked when it was first released Scream Factory has finally given the film the treatment it deserves with a stunning Blu-ray Collector's Edition. The transfer is fantastic in both video and audio. Everything seems to jump off your screen. It's even loaded with special features.
NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Supervised And Approved By Director Michael Dougherty
NEW Tales Of Folklore & Fright: Creating Trick ‘r Treat – Including Interviews With Writer/Director Michael Dougherty, Conceptual Artist Breehn Burns, And Storyboard Artist Simeon Wilkins
NEW Tales Of Mischief & Mayhem: Filming Trick ‘r Treat – In-depth Interview With Michael Dougherty On The Making Of The Film
NEW Sounds Of Shock & Superstition: Scoring Trick ‘r Treat – Including Interviews With Michael Dougherty And Composer Douglas Pipes
NEW Tales Of Dread And Despair: Releasing Trick ‘r Treat – A Look At The Release And Fandom With Michael Dougherty And Writer Rob Galluzzo
NEW 2K Scan Of The Original 16mm Elements of Season’s Greetings – A Short Film By Michael Dougherty With Optional Commentary By Dougherty
NEW Storyboard And Conceptual Artwork Gallery
NEW Behind The Scenes Still Gallery
NEW Monster Mash – A Story From The Trick ‘r Treat Graphic Novel
NEW FEARnet.com Shorts
Audio Commentary With Director Michael Dougherty
Trick ‘r Treat: The Lore And Legends Of Halloween Featurette
Deleted And Alternate Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Michael Dougherty
School Bus FX Comparison
If you have never seen this I cannot stress enough how much you need to pick this up. You won't be dissapointed, as this is a masterful horror film that will entertain generations of film fans
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars