Sunday, July 18, 2010

Review: Trick 'r Treat

Trick ‘r Treat was released in 2008 to little fan fare (basically left for dead by Warner Brothers) - but now finds a niche in horrors pantheon as a film to be remembered. If you have somehow managed to avoid this rare gem, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by becoming acquainted with it.  

Trick ‘r Treat takes the well worn mythos of Halloween and breathes new life into it by simply going back to basics. Everything takes place in the duration of one All Hallows Eve with a series of interconnected stories that weave a comic-book carnival spell over a small town: a principal serial-killer, a virginal red-riding hood, a hermit and a group of teens that take an urban legend too far are all part of the nights tapestry. The horrors that take place are allowed to do so under the guise of the festivities and blend seamlessly with the illusions … resulting in classic humor that keeps with the comic-book texture. 

Already you might have heard comparisons with this anthology to King’s Creepshow … but this is more like a modern re-telling for a new generation, peppered with enough revenge incidents that it will be like a homage to those familiar with that classic. It’s also reminiscent of another King creation: The Regulators - whereby innocent suburbia is transformed into a nightmare landscape by something juvenile … if only for the night.

With a haunting score reminiscent of something composed by Christopher Young, Trick ‘r Treat is a fusion of old-school thrills with a contemporary shine.Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, all kinds of masks and monsters … the only regret you’ll have is not viewing it during Halloween’s cavalcade. 

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