My History With the Film:
I missed out on Trick R Treat for years. I knew it was beloved by the horror community, but I was worried it was overhyped. Little did I know, I was wrong. I also had no clue it was an anthology.
I first saw Trick R Treat back in 2016 and then again in October 2019. I feel like I enjoyed the movie more the first time around, but there was still a lot of Halloween fun to be had the second time.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
Five interwoven stories occur on Halloween night.
What I Liked About It:
-My favorite segment was The School Bus Massacre Revisited which felt like a classic urban legend being retold by children. It invoked a Are You Afraid of the Dark type feeling, although with a much darker story.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-The movie drags a little, which is a problem with most anthologies since not all stories are made equal.
-The movie was originally scheduled to be released theatrically in October 2007, however the release was cancelled due to unknown reasons. Some speculate it was because WB didn’t want to compete against its Saw IV, another horror movie it was releasing. Another popular theory is that it was pulled because of Superman Returns box office disappointment which was co-written by writer/director Michael Dougherty and produced by Bryan Singer. The film was eventually released direct to DVD in October 2009.
-Most of the Jack O’ Lanterns were foam or ceramic.
-A 1958 Plymouth Fury from the movie Christine can be seen in “The School Bus Massacre Revisited.”
-It’s based on an animated short called Season Greeting’s which debuted the character of Sam.
-Anna Paquin’s character is named Laurie after Laurie Strode in Halloween.
-Britt McKillip (Macy) and Christine Willes (Ms. Henderson) both acted together in one of my favorite shows Dead Like Me.
I rate Trick R Treat a four out of five and say it’s a high priority rental.