Trick ‘r Treat review
All through 2009, fellow horror lovers kept telling me that Trick ‘r Treat was amazing.
“There’s gallons of blood, and it’s so original,” they’d say.
It’s original if your idea of imaginative is ripping off multiple Stephen King movies and a handful of other horror flicks.
The film starts out well enough. A family’s peaceful evening is turned into a nightmare when a Halloween-hating mom gets bloodied by a mysterious attacker who shoves a pumpkin lollipop down her throat.
Sadly, about 45 minuets into the film, the hilarity stops, and the boring begins.
In Trick ‘r Treat, four dark tales are told.
The first story is that of the principal who loves Halloween, and disposes of, or, uh, despises children and girls with loose morals that desecrate the blessed day.
The second tale tells of an “idiot savant’s” outing with a group of teens. The group goes to investigate the rock quarry where deranged children drowned in a bus accident. The children trick the girl into thinking they’re being attacked by zombie kids and freak her something fierce. The pranksters are all smiles until they hear ghastly moans coming from the dark, cold pool at the bottom of the pit.
The third story follows a group of girls dressed as slutty Disney princesses, and their innocent, virginal friend’s night of chaos. It’s the virgin’s big night out and her friends have a big corruption party planned in her honor.
The fourth story melds all the others together. It’s about the spirit of Halloween. The spirit is in the form of a creepy little boy in a tattered pumpkin costume. He occasionally reminds people if they don’t follow the holiday’s rules (give out candy, keep Jack-o’-Lanterns lit), they’re, well, fucked.
While each story is interesting, amusing and a bit creative in parts, the film isn’t very entertaining. Many of the scenes are inspired by other horror films, which to a horror lover is great, but the movie doesn’t do the other movies justice.
Trick ‘r Treat, in one way or another, references Pet Cemetery, Underworld, “mad women” exploitation movies, Goonies, the Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, Nightmare on Elm Street, and jived off the whole Creepshow/Tales from the Crypt concept. Heck. It was even based off a graphic novel (which, I believe, was made in conjunction with the film).
It’s not bad to take inspiration from other films. Rob Zombie and Quentin Tarantino have done that, and they make it work, but in this film’s case, the “homage” comes off flat and uninteresting.
The film did have one thing going for it, though. The cinematography was beautiful. Every scene, gory or not, was gorgeous.
While Trick ‘r Treat is better than a lot of more recent horror films, such as Hostel and Saw, it’s not as good as others, such as the Decent and Drag Me to Hell.