Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Trick 'r Treat (2011)
Anthology films are common enough in the horror genre that Horror Movie A Day has totted up an impressive 48 reviews of them during its lifetime. Many of these tend to just string a series of short films together, one after the other, such as with Tales from the Darkside. This film, on the other hand, takes a more complex approach with four different but related stories each evolving over the course of the movie. It does a pretty good job of this integration, and - probably even more importantly - the individual stories are also pretty fun.
So as you might deduce from the title, Trick 'r Treat is a Halloween-themed film, which made it a natural choice for my review on October 31, really. All four of its stories revolve around Halloween festivities in the same small town, with the characters from each subsection interacting with each other in more or less significant ways.
Without going into too many spoilers, the four basic subsections of the film involve a serial killer, a group of young women on the prowl, a bus full of murdered children, and the charming little fellow in the image above. His name is Sam. Sam takes Halloween seriously. Sam does not like it if you don't treat the holiday with respect. And you trust me, you don't want to upset Sam.
Deftly balancing creepiness and (dark) comedy, Trick 'r Treat is a fun little horror film with a surprisingly recognisable cast. If you like the spooky and the ooky, give it a watch.