Trick 'R Treat Review

The Skinny:
Trick 'r Treat
is an anthology of four Halloween-related scary stories. One thing that ties the stories together is the presence of Sam, a mysterious pint-sized trick-or-treater with a burlap pumpkin mask, who makes an appearance in all the stories, as a 'friendly-reminder' to those who break the Halloween traditions.

The Good:
You can tell Linus his Great Pumpkin has arrived. This whole movie is probably the best thing to watch on Halloween. I have seen it twice now and I will see it at least another four times before the month is over. The stories all interconnect nicely and you see how everything ties up quite well after all is said and done. The characters are all wonderful and each one is significantly screwed in the head. So much so that my wife actually turned to me during the proceedings and asked me if each and every one of these people was messed up somehow. I will refrain from spoilers because to reveal more would be wicked. Laurie is looking for her first: Principal Wilkins just wants to give his son a good Halloween before going on a date; Macy, Schrader, Sara and Chip just want to go pay their respects to some kids who died on Halloween; and Mr. Kreeg just wants to have a quiet evening. And then there's Sam. He's a cute little guy wearing orange footie pajamas and a burlap sack for his costume. I love Sam. I will be buying my Sam action figure as soon as I have some cash rounded up for him. He's my new favorite horror icon and he is wonderful. I liken this movie to going through an old haunted house attraction. There are many twists and turns, many little moments that make you jump, moments that make your skin crawl, and moments that make you question if you just saw what you saw. And when you realize that you just saw what you saw, you scream out "HOLY CRAP!" and love the movie all the more for making you scream and laugh all at the same time. This is essential Halloween viewing. There are so many Halloween traditions so well-rooted in the script that you realize that these are all traditions that we carry out sometimes not even aware that we are doing so. The film is beautifully shot and it just looks moody and creepy all around. Kudos to the art department for this movie as well for the very clever use of comic book artwork. This is very much in the same tradition of Creepshow and Tales From the Crypt. Keep in mind, however, that this is definitely not for kids, unless your kids are into this kind of thing. But this movie has blood, and some nudity. You have been warned.

The Bad:
Warner Bros., I have one question, WHY WAS THIS NOT AN OCTOBER RELEASE IN THEATERS?!? This movie is WAY better than the last four Saw films, and way better than anything that is out now that is horror related. Zombieland being the exception for me because I have yet to see it. This deserved a theatrical release. Shame on Warner Bros. for sitting on this movie for so long without a theatrical release and then dumping it on DVD.

The Ugly: That chocolate bar...oh man. Not the one that the fat kid takes, but the other one...

My final verdict: 5 out of 5 Jack O' Lantern Lollipops. This is not the proverbial rock that Charlie Brown got when he went trick or treating. This is the Great Pumpkin of Halloween movies. (Review by Rick Gutierrez from Amazing Comicast)

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