Trick ‘r Treat

Let’s talk anthologies. Specifically, horror anthology films. They are a rare bunch all things considered. Prior to 2009 the list went something like this: Creepshow (widely considered the best), Twilight Zone: The Movie, Trilogy of Terror, Tales from the Crypt, Body Bags and maybe Black Sabbath. Those are pretty much the best (throw in The Offspring and Tales from the Darkside for kicks) of the best. Then Warner got off their lazy butts and decided, “Hey, we should probably release that anthology that’s been sitting on the shelf for a few years. It’s not as good as Saw 42, but whatev.” Turns out it was the best horror anthology and one of the best horror films of the last 30 years.

Of course, hindsight says that Trick ‘r Treat would have buzz sawed through the competition and made twice as much money as Titanic (or like 1/8th). As my friends over at Bloody Disgusting said, “its lack of a theatrical release borders on criminal.” While I agree, I think the term “Blasphemous asshats” should be thrown around when discussing why this film wasn’t released theatrically.

How many movies can you name have an entire TV channel dedicated to airing the film for 24 straight hours (in HD) on Halloween? How many films have lived up to ridiculous hype? Trick ‘r Treat does and did.

If you hate this movie then you hate Halloween.

Some thoughts that came to my mind when watching Trick ‘r Treat:

  • Visually stunning
  • Incredibly fun
  • This could not be better unless…
  • Anna Paquin did what!
  • OMG -this IS f*ckin’ perfect!
  • Crap, not only do I have a horrorgasm, but I sound like a teenage girl describing a Bieber concert.
  • I should dress up like Sam for Halloween
  • Note to self: Pick up some extra candy and under no circumstances blow out the Jack ‘O Lantern early
  • This movie is major league.
  • It’s too good to be a cult classic. It’s simply a classic
  • I will watch this film every Halloween for the rest of my life
  • Seriously, Ann Paquin did what!

Rating: 9.5/10

Snore Factor: Z (One of the best)

IMDB 2007

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  • Thomas

    Not gonna lie I do not get why everyone shit bricks over this movie. Yeah, it was well done and I liked it, it was great that everyone tied together, but nothing amazing. In my book Tales from the crypt will always be number one. Another good one is “Three… Extremes” really well done. More horror anthologies need to be made so many suck.

  • Micah

    I agree that we do need more horror anthologies as most of them suck. If you haven’t seen “Body Bags” I definitely recommend it. “Three…Extremes” is pretty damn good.

  • Lazarus_98

    Definetely one of the best horror films of last year, and a must watch every Halloween!!!

  • Thomas

    Yeah I did see Body Bags, and it was good- but i feel like there was a horror powerhouse (directors of Halloween and Texas Chainsaw massacre) that was sort of wasted. Did really enjoy the cameos by Sam Raimi and Wes Craven though, Another decent one was a seventies flick called Asylum.
    hey also congrats, i feel like your blog has definatly gained some momentum with the popularity. Keep it up.

  • Micah

    Big waste on Body Bags, especially since it was supposed to be The Showtime answer to Tales from the Crypt.

    Oh yeah, Asylum – the one with the mannequins. :)

    Thanks a lot, the blog really has picked up in the last couple months for sure. Just 4 months to go until the year is up.