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Trick 'r Treat




Trick R Treat tells multiple stories that all occur on the same night, Halloween. One involves a principal and the skeletons in his closet, a virgin who is about it experience her first time, a man who loves the holiday and his wife who hates it, an old cranky man in his house and finally a bunch of kids and a school bus. I'm trying to be a vague as possible because going into this film knowing very little is what will make you enjoy it more.

I got a very "Creepshow" vibe from this one, the only difference is that the separate stories actually intertwine. Seeing bits in the beginning that you know will be explained at the end is always fun. It makes watching a film like this for a second time just as fun to try and spot more connections. The film has some comedic scenes, but don't be fooled. This film is not a comedy. The scenes a few and far between and mostly involve Brian Cox and Dylan Baker. Both of which are the highlights of the film.

Baker is deliciously evil as the principal, who in my opinion is tarnished later on in the film by his reappearance in another 'story'. Cox is the grumpy old man who must battle the 'spirit of Halloween'. His story has the most creepy moments, but the film never really reaches any moments of true fright. It's just so random and unexpected that you don't really have any time to be scared. There are a few moments in the film that will have you scratching your head, but for the sake of the film, I just went with it. In the end, it all jives together.

There is no central character or story, just a Halloween themed film that is meant to entertain the audience, and that it did. You can't really predict what happens in this film, aside from one of the stories. The other ones are just too far out there. You will feel more connected to some stories over others, the way the film plays out you can tell it is more interested in the ones it wants you to be interested in.

The atmosphere here is great and it truly felt like Halloween night. As far as horror anthologies go, I'd say this is one of the better ones. I will say this though, this film has one of the best transformation scenes in horror. Watch the film and you'll know what I mean. Can I recommend this one? Sure, it's nothing too memorable, but it is indeed fun.