Posted by The Lam | Sep 30, 2009
Halloween's coming early: Trick 'r Treat!!!!!

Warner Bros., what is wrong with you? Trick 'r Treat has been on their shelves for the past 2 weeks, in distribution limbo, but it'll finally come out next week on DVD. So what is it?

The movie is a collection of four different horror stories, all revolving around Halloween. There's a story about a disgruntled school principal, a story about kids with an urban legend about a school bus massacre, a story revolving around a bunch of party girls and lastly it caps off with a story about a grumpy old man who doesn't like Halloween.

Trick 'r Treat works like Crash or Traffic in that there are four stories interwoven together. The stories cut into each other where sometimes dead characters will show up again. It's a nice stylistic choice in telling the different stories.

This is a really fun movie and has a great 80's kind of feel to it; an homage to 80's style anthology horror. At 82 minutes, it's not a particularly long movie either. The only thing that didn't really work for me was the comic book like in-between scenes. It threw me off as this movie wasn't about comics at all.

The movie was produced by Bryan Singer and was directed by his frequent collaborator, Michael Dougherty. I'd say that this movie was a success being that this is his first big feature.

Trick 'r Treat first played at AICN's annual Butt-Numb-a-Thon late in 2007 and since then, has made its rounds at various horror festivals (including Toronto's own After Dark Film Fest this year). It's received almost unanimously positive reviews from horror hounds and geeks alike, so at least the diehard geeks were pleased.

For whatever reason, Warner Bros. delayed the release date of this movie over and over... it was in limbo for 2 years! And it made no sense to me. I mean, given the nature of this film, you'd think that releasing this movie around Halloween would have been a surefire deal; it would have been a cash cow.

Even more inexplicable is their decision to release this movie straight to DVD (October 6 this year). I mean, I would understand their decision to do so were this a bad movie, but it wasn't. It was really fun and entertaining. Warner Bros., you missed the mark more than Michael Bay missed the mark when he made Pearl Harbour (anyone know this reference? *High five* if you do).

Check it out when it hits shelves, it'll be a fun time! Later geeks!





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  2. Mike September 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    I thought this was coming out in theaters. Looks kinda cool.

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