By: livingdeadguy (A Toast) –
There are a lot of holiday themed movies out there. Good and bad, happy and sad, season-fitting and movies with holidays that just happen to occur in them. I recently reviewed Die Hard which is by far primarily an action movie, but also mentioned that because it takes place on Christmas Eve, it crosses genres and is technically a Christmas movie.
Then you have obvious ones like Halloween that take place on that day. If you enjoy being happy then you probably like Halloween for one reason or another; if not for the candy then the costumes. It’s just a popular holiday and while you could easily associate Halloween with horror movies in general, very few of them have anything to do with the actual holiday. And even fewer happen to actually be good. That is until you talk about Trick ‘r Treat.
Totally counts as a Thanksgiving movie
Trick r Treat was to debut on screens for Halloween 2007, but was stampeded by the loved or hated Halloween remake from director Rob Zombie (who apparently is only good when he is original- funny how that works). Trick r Treat found life and hopefully a future sequel on DVD though. It is a horror anthology based less on effects and more on story. It follows four different groups of people all celebrating Halloween in different ways. The stories are somewhat intertwined and all happen at nearly the same time (chronological order and movie order are two different things, but in this case that is a beautiful thing).
One of the stories follows a virginal girl being pressured to lose “it” by her older sister and two friends at a middle of the woods party/mini rave. A second story has some middle schoolers playing a cruel joke/”trick” on a girl characterized as an idiot savant; and then things go wrong. You’re third story involves the ever awesome Dylan Baker as a controlled psychopath (in the vein of Norman Bates without the mommy issues). The fourth story has a Scrooge character played by Brian Cox who gets messed with by the very spirit of Halloween and keeps dealing with one horrific surprise after another.
These days the stories movies tell get blurred in with action sequences that cause us to lose sight of what things are or mean. Trick r Treat forgoes all CGI and FX and focuses simply on real imitation blood and utterly dynamic stories. As I’ve said in the past, the Toast movies don’t necessarily have very many components to them, but what they do do is get everything they do right. Trick r Treat bets everything on stories (okay, and some acting) and actually beats the house.
Anna Paquin had a series of surgeries and dental work for this one shot!
Quite honestly, it is the perfect (modern) Halloween themed anthology. Much like its one beer rating, I have decided to watch the movie just once a year during the time it was made for and inspired by. Enjoy it in moderation; because that only makes it last and we don’t get presents like this very often.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for Little Red Riding Hood!
Take a Drink: for Sam (the little guy with the pumpkin head)
Take a Shot: every time the movie surprises you