I have to admit it's fun and a good watch on halloween. I like how this movie have four stories, not like ten stories that's like 3hrs long. This is my favorite anthology films of all time and I'm a die hard fan like the HalloweeN movies. first story: 9/10, second stroy: 8/10, third story 9/10, and fourth story: 10/10. Is it worth the watch? as a horror movie fan yeah. I almost forgot the acting is on point, smart script, and clever writing. Don't wait, watch it now! 10.7/10 (same score as the first HalloweeN)
So I finally saw the horror film that has been recommended to me for years. Trick 'r Treat. It had been described to me fairly well and I already had a feeling I would like Sam (A play on the spelling of Samhain, The literal spirit of Halloween) before it even started but it exceeded my expectations. I had seen parts of it before on things like Syfy, such as the segment with the stingy old man (who turned out to be a certain bus driver).I was pleasantly surprised. Sam is definitely on my list of favorite new classic monsters. Right up there with Freddy Krueger. It felt like a 1980s horror film (in a very good way). The effects were mostly practical and I noticed subtle homages like Rosaleen's version of the Red Riding Hood dress in The Company of Wolves. I really liked Trick 'r Treat. It's unique, creative, and yet familiar and in my opinion it's far more worthy of being a Halloween tradition than the Saw franchise.
One thing that instantly strikes the viewer is the format stolen from 'Creepshow'. It also becomes clear fairly quickly that this film is much worse than the one it rips off.While both films employ gratuitous violence, 'Creepshow' does it in a well conceived tongue-in-cheek manner. This film is just a load of violence that has no appeal whatsoever. The stories are not clever, they are very derivative and just a re-packaging of overused templates.Just as the violence is used in a misguided manner, so too is everything else between the violent scenes. This is particularly the case with scenes that play upon eroticism. They are very vulgar and unpleasant to watch. The film comes across as a sex-and-violence exploitation flick, and not as a clever exploration of horror fiction.And it's barely even entertaining.
Movies like this are not ones that I usually go for. Horror flicks are a dime a dozen these days, and it's tough to weed the good ones out of the murky mess, a task not usually worthy of my time. This year, though, I kept seeing "Trick 'r Treat" pop up on "must watch" list for scary Halloween flicks. It finally sucked me in because I was intrigued by the promise of some overlapping narratives. It seemed like an interesting way to tell some scary stories.What I found, however, was that "Trick 'r Treat" is a lame excuse of a "horror flick", offering nothing new to the genre and completely underwhelming in what it did bring to the table. Besides a couple of "jump scares", it almost put me to sleep.The promise of overlapping narratives? Technically, it did do such a thing, but in no meaningful way. I kept hoping for the narratives to all come together in the end, but nothing of the sort happens. It just kind of descends into a mess, with even the one "big reveal" coming so late and anticlimactically as to be almost laughable.Anything resemble real suspense? Nope...not here. Besides maybe two scares that will get you to jump, everything else is rather predictable or old hat.The promise of some fun moments? It looks like that might happen in the first few minutes, but even that quickly dies. A couple looks to have fun, a group of hot chicks go out on the town...and then everything fizzles. Basically, this movie can't even decide on a mood from one scene to the next.I'm glad this movie was only 82 minutes, as I likely would not have been able to stomach much more of its brand of "horror". I knew about 20 minutes in that it was taking a turn for the worse, and it only kept down that road...never recovering. Why this keeps showing up as a Halloween classic? I haven't the foggiest. Maybe because it is one of the few horror films actually set on Halloween night? That's all I can think of. The film itself offers practically no merits beside that setting.