Trick 'R Treat (2008)

Genre(s): Horror
Warner Premiere || R - 82 minutes - $27.98 || October 6, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-10-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Michael Dougherty
Writer(s): Michael Dougherty (written by)
Cast: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb, Dylan Baker, Tahmoh Panikett


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

Normally for a horror film like this, I would give you my still patent pending kill chart to let you in on some of the gory details but for Trick ĎR Treat Iím not doing that. Why you ask? This movie was beyond awful, and any film that has four stories combined into one movie that only lasts 82 minutes canít possibly be a good flick. This is one of the worst Halloween cash-ins Iíve seen in quite some time, but letís let you be the judge of that shall we?

There are four separate stories that go on in the world of this film, wherever itís set.

The first story involves a group of children, all of whom names donít matter, talking about a tall tale of a bus driver who inadvertently had his bus full of children driven over a rock quarry. Legend has it that every Halloween you have to pay homage to the dead kids with jack-o-lanterns or else you get killed. The four kids decide to play a joke on Rhonda (Samm Todd), but they get more than they bargained for.

The second (yawn) story takes place in the center of town at a party. Laurie (Anna Paquin) is a virgin, and her big sister and her friends are trying to help get her laid. Thatís the story as it seems, but all isnít right with these girls. Her friends try to tell her to play it cool and let them come to you, but she shrugs it off and just wanders around. Laurie gets attacked though in the woods, and you are left to wonder if she makes it out alive. It turns out that the person who attacked her has been attacking other girls on Halloween, but who could this mysterious stranger be?

The third (sigh) story deals with Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox) coping with the demons of his past. The man is quite disturbed, and is suddenly haunted by a young pumpkin head child. The child attacks him throughout the night, and he is left to fend it off with a shotgun. Seriously, thatís what happens. Iím not lying. The fourth (yawn sigh) and final story involves Steven (Dylan Baker) drugging a fat neighborhood kid with poison candy since he was being bad. Steven ends up killing the kid and burying him in the backyard. He then carves a jack-o-lantern of the kids head with his son in the basement, and heads off to find a date.

As Iím sure youíve noticed by reading this review, this is an awful film. I hate movies that try to bring together multiple characters and storylines into one flick in a matter of 82 minutes. The stories in case you havenít guessed by now are all intertwined and eventually you realize (well I realized about twenty or so into it) what the endings to each story are. It was annoying seeing a ďlater that nightĒ or ďearlierÖĒ pop up on the screen, as that completely ruined any sort of surprise that could be had to the viewer.

I was also disappointed with the lack of any gore involved with this one. Itís a freaking Halloween movie, youíve already got a rating of R, why not show some damn gore and violence? There just wasnít enough action, suspense, violence, or anything relevant to most horror films these days to permit even an enjoyable experience on that level. The kills and murders were too lame and heck you didnít even get to see most of them. Iím aware itís a direct-to-DVD movie, but at least give us some action. The endings to each of the stories were so lame I nearly fell asleep from boredom.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Trick ĎR Treat Ė Seasonís Greetings (4 minutes): Basically all thatís here is an animated short thatís similar to the movie. Skip this, as thereís nothing here thatís fun, entertaining, or the least bit interesting.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Since the film is almost all set in the night time, I wasnít really able to judge the light and dark contrast-wise of the film. I can say that surprisingly enough it doesnít look terrible in that category, as even though there were some amounts of grain in the scenes they didnít over power them in anyway. On the color scale, colors were a bit drowned out and pale. I also noticed a bit of noise and distortion in some of the scenes, but once again nothing that was outstanding. Attention to detail isnít the best though, and I found some characterís flesh tones to be a bit different as the scenes progressed. Itís not a bad transfer, but not one that should be had in 2009.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track that comes with the film isnít the best either. Surround use at best is incredibly limited, as even for a horror flick you wonít be hearing any sort of footsteps or noise in the background. I was heavily disappointed with this, since normally a horror film is bolstered by a great track. This one on the other hand hurts this film severely. There was also an issue with dialogue being quite low as the stories progressed. Sadly this is one track that is more of a trick than a treat.



.::OVERALL::.

I canít stress the fact enough that Trick ĎR Treat is an awful movie that serves as nothing more than a quick cash-in for those looking for a cheap scare on Halloween. Sadly though those people think that will be mistaken, as there are no jump moments and the only scare they will be getting is the one when they pay for this. The technical package is average, but with no special features to be had here aside from an animated short, this is one to not bother with. Sorry kids, but donít trick or treat at this house.