Trick 'R Treat takes the Creepshow/Tales from the Crypt approach to wicked new depths with four interwoven tales set on Halloween night: a high school principal (Dylan Baker) moonlights as a vicious serial killer; the quest of a young virgin (Anna Paquin) for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens carries out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man (Brian Cos) battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon.
Half baked and not scary.
- Trick 'R Treat review by Shatner's Bassoon
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While Trick ‘R Treat claims to be four interwoven tales set over the course of a Halloween night, it is in reality just one story. The other three stories are more like a series of horror themed shorts which are based around the residents of a small town celebrating Halloween. The main story is based on events set thirty years ago, where a school bus of mentally challenged and disturbed children was driven over the edge of a disused quarry and drowned its passengers in the lake below. The other three stories revolve around a murderous school principal, a twist on the red riding hood fairy tale, and the final story is that of a cantankerous old man plagued by a Halloween demon which to give it some credit does tie in with the school bus story. While Trick ‘r Treat tries to link itself to horror anthology films like Creepshow and Tales from the Darkside, which are feature length films which bring together self contained short stories, Trick ‘r Treat is in reality just a slickly made mishmash of half baked ideas patched together to make a feature length film, and at only 79 minutes long it’s barely even that. The film isn’t without its good points; the school bus massacre story was good enough to have been fleshed out to make a decent feature length film. The character of Sam, the demonic Halloween child who punishes those who break the rules of Halloween was a cleverly thought up horror character along the lines of Freddy and Jason, though like the serial killing school principal and the red riding hood tales it too felt like incomplete filler material. If you like things like Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside and The Twilight Zone then this is worth a rental, though don’t expect to be scared.