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Trick 'R Treat

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Prolific director Bryan Singer takes a turn towards horror as the producer of this Halloween shocker directed by X2 and Superman Returns screenwriter Mike Dougherty. With four interwoven tales concerning a high-school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer, a college-age virgin who's saving herself for that special someone, a woman whose hatred of Halloween is only exceeded by her husband's love of the mischievous holiday, and a callous group of teens who carry out an unforgivably cruel prank, this ...
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Overview

Prolific director Bryan Singer takes a turn towards horror as the producer of this Halloween shocker directed by X2 and Superman Returns screenwriter Mike Dougherty. With four interwoven tales concerning a high-school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer, a college-age virgin who's saving herself for that special someone, a woman whose hatred of Halloween is only exceeded by her husband's love of the mischievous holiday, and a callous group of teens who carry out an unforgivably cruel prank, this fall frightener mixes Tarantino-style storytelling with the kind of chills that can only occur on the darkest day of the year. Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, and Leslie Bibb all star in a Halloween treat that's sure to deliver a few nasty tricks.
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Special Features

How did many of our scary season traditions start?; Commentary with director Michael Dougherty; Additional scenes; Trick 'R Treat: Season's greetings ; School bus FX comparison; Exclusive features via BD Live!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • UPC: 085391176213
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 3,152

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Cox
Anna Paquin
Dylan Baker
Leslie Bibb Emma
Tahmoh Penikett Henry
Rochelle Aytes
C. Ernst Harth Giant Baby
Technical Credits
Michael Dougherty Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
William Fay Executive Producer
Mark Freeborn Production Designer
Alex Garcia Executive Producer
Dan Harris Executive Producer
Robert Ivison Editor
Jon Jashni Executive Producer
Peter Lhotka Co-producer
Glen MacPherson Cinematographer
Douglas Pipes Score Composer
Bryan Singer Producer
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Halloween Flick

    There were a couple of elements of this movie that I was not particularly that big of a fan of, but those parts aside, this was actually a pretty good horror flick...and would be perfect for a quiet Halloween night indoors with some friends or what have you while passing out candy, (just don't get any ideas from the movie while doing so). This movie plays off different traditions and rituals of Halloween, along with some made up stuff, but there is a cool feature on here that explores different elements of the movie related to traditions of Halloween, and where those traditions originated. Pretty interesting. This movie plays out a little bit like Creep Show in it's style too, being that there are several different horrific events happening in one night, and they kind of intertwine at points throughout the movie. All in all though, this is a pretty well crafted horror movie. I would not recommend this movie to someone with a weak constituation, but if gore doesn't bother you and you like a good horror movie every now and then like I do, it's a well crafted one. Check it out.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Trick r' Treat

    It might be a little late to review a movie based on Halloween, but the timeliness of a movie never deters me from checking it out and telling people about it! Of course, the film in question was originally set for theatrical release in October of 2007, but, despite rave reviews from the festival circuit, was pushed back to a straight to DVD release in October of 2009. Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (co-writer for Superman Returns and X2) and produced by Bryan Singer (director of X-Men, X-2, The Usual Suspects, and Superman Returns), Trick 'r Treat is an interesting film, but does it deserve status as a straight to DVD film, or should it have been released theatrically?
    In the end, I have to say that Trick 'r Treat got a raw deal. Dougherty does a great job paying homage to old school horror films with a film that doesn't really take itself seriously and still feels fresh at the same time. Centering around one Halloween night, the movie deals mainly in the idea of what happens when one chooses not to follow the traditions of Halloween. The "Ghost of Halloween", as I like to call him, appears to be an amalgam of ideas from Chucky to Evil Dead to Jack Skellington to even a little Freddy Krueger. It's in portrayals like these that we really see the strength of Dougherty's creations, he spins typical horror movie ideas such as serial killers and werewolves and spins them in a way that's witty and fresh at the same time.
    In horror films it's not typically reasonable to ask one to look at the acting as anything more than a device to push along the scares, but when you have the acting pedigree of a film like Trick 'r Treat you have to sit up and take notice. With the talent of actors and actresses like Dylan Baker (Revolutionary Road, Spider-Man 1-3, etc.), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, etc.), Anna Paquin (X-Men series, True Blood, etc.), Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights, ER, etc.), Brian Cox (X-2, The Bourne Trilogy, etc.), and more. Naturally, with this much talent packed into one film, you're going to judge the acting on a little higher scale, and you won't be disappointed!
    On the downside though, the film does go a little over the top at times, and doesn't appear to have the budget to sustain some of it's higher ambitions. The main part that comes to mind, is the scene of the big werewolf reveal. Some of the special effects should have been handled in a manner that didn't show as much of the creatures leaving more to the imagination. But finding a perfect horror film is near impossible, and finding one that's even this good is few and far between, so a couple gaffs can easily be forgotten when viewed against the film as a whole.
    I highly recommend this film, it's a rare feat to see a horror film that bucks many of the time honored (or dishonored) traditions of the modern horror film while also paying homage to many of the horror films in the past while also feeling fresh all at the same time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This movie is a Halloween treat full of tricks

    There are plenty of horror films out there, but there really aren't all that many good Halloween movies. Trick r Treat is destined to be a classic. Several short stories intersect in this film, and each segment has a nice little plot twist that make this much more than your average slasher flick.

    If you like horror films this movie is worth checking out.

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