Sometimes, it pays to follow the rules.
I can’t believe this movie is so underrated.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007) is an American-Canadian Halloween movie directed by Michael Dougherty. It’s a horror anthology film that takes place on the fictional town of Warren Valley, Ohio during a Halloween night, with the five overlapping mini stories. The characters do not necessarily know each other, but the consequences that happen to them for breaking the “rules” of the Halloween tie their stories tight.
Now, I don’t usually encounter this movie in Halloween movie playlists, but I was eager to watch it after watching XX (2017) which was very disappointing. I was desperate to wash off my eyes of the crap they have seen on the latter.
I wouldn’t dare mention what Halloween elements are in the mix on Trick ‘r Treat (2007) because the reveals are really fricking awesome. Yes, I am in awe of this movie. It’s entertaining–I didn’t think it’s corny at all.
At first I was worried that it might turn out as campy and dissatisfying like other horror anthologies, (Ahem. Yes, I’m looking at you, XX.) but the story is well-executed. Suspense in the scenes is just right, and jump scares are minimal. Dialogues and camera shots flaunt clues that make sense later in the film. It’s just so coherent!
I also love that the movie pays respect to the subject it tackles without taking itself too seriously. I was kind of aware that Halloween was a serious, pagan holiday centuries ago, but I learned the specific origin of Halloween through this movie. Cool. Knowing that, I now find it really silly that it’s celebrated today as a merry holiday.
Meanwhile, there are moments where I laughed at and cared for the characters–even the bad ones, I felt sorry for them. Despite having a short time in exposing the characters, few of them are already morbidly tattooed on my mind.
In conclusion, you’re really in for a treat with this movie. It deserves more attention that it gets, really. It makes me sad that movies like this are not recognized enough.
I suggest that you watch this during Halloween with some yummy popcorn. Also, don’t forget to leave some candies for the ghouls coming for you on that night.
You wouldn’t want Sam on your doorstep.