Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Trick 'r Treat (***)

Trick 'r Treat. 82 mins. R. Written and Directed by Michael Dougherty. Starring Leslie Bibb, Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, and Brian Cox.

Just a quick note on this one. Despite having built up a pretty fervent cult following after playing at several horror festivals the last two years, Warner Bros. decided to dump this well-reviewed film straight to DVD. And though it would be fun to watch in a theater, I think DVD is actually the best way to view Trick 'r Treat. It's a throwback to the '80s in the best possible way. Juggling four different stories set on Halloween that initially seem unconnected and then intertwine, Trick 'r Treat recalls other horror anthologies like Creepshow. It's a fun, not-too-scary movie, with a couple of great sequences, and an inordinate amount of kids dying on screen. On second thought, maybe that's why it went straight to DVD. The movie is not perfect, and it's kind of slight, but if you're into comedic horror movies or '80s flicks and want a quick fun viewing, you won't go wrong with Trick 'r Treat.

- John


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