Trick R Treat:(2007)
Directed By: Michael Dougherty
Written By: Michael Dougherty
Time: 1 hr 22 min
Starring: Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox and Tahmoh Penikett
Plot: Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
Comments: It took forever for this film to arrive. I remember seeing a trailer for it in the theatre. Almost two years later they released it on DVD and I instantly picked it up and loved it. Now I love anthology films such as Cat’s Eye, the Creepshow films, The Twilight Zone movie and others. Even better this film is centered around my favorite holiday of Halloween. And essentially this is a love letter to my favorite holiday whether it is trick r treaters, things that go bump in the night and more. And who doesn't love Sam? (Seriously one of the best designed horror ‘monsters’ to come out of a horror film in years. But I love that there is one rule to this film: don’t break the rules of Halloween. It wont end well if you do.
I think what is great about it are not only some of the visuals in the film but that it balances the scares with the humor. Its a classic Halloween horror film one that I watch with the Great Pumpkin and well the Buffy Halloween episodes. Set on one particular Halloween night, the movie begins with a young troublemaker who picks the completely wrong house to steal candy from. The owner, it turns out, is Steven (Dylan Baker), a school principal who serial kills on the side. Meanwhile, across town, twentysomethings Maria (Rochelle Aytes) and sister Laurie (Anna Paquin) head with two other sexy friends to the local parade, in hopes of bagging Laurie a date. Lurking among them is a vampiric murderer. The third tale involves a group of trick-or-treaters—Marcy (Britt McKillip), Sara (Isabelle Deluce), Schrader (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) and Chip (Alberto Ghisi)—who decide to play a nasty trick on nerdy classmate Rhonda (Samm Todd). Before the night is out, they will learn more than they bargained for about the town's infamous school bus accident urban legend. And, finally, living next door to Steven is the grumpy old Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox), a man whose mean ways and lack of Halloween spirit come back to haunt him. Throughout there is also the fable of Sam who appears throughout the film as well as a discovery about what happened in the prologue involving a wife who ‘hates Halloween’.
Rent/Cinema?: Definitely worth owning as far as I am concerned.