|Directed by:||Michael Dougherty|
|Written by:||Michael Dougherty|
|Cast:||Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Leslie Bibb|
In an era plagued with remakes, sequels, prequels and handy cam horror films; Trick 'R Treat isn't a perfect film, but its a great change of pace. It delivers multiple horror tales in the fashion of Creepshow or Tales From the Crypt with clever and gruesome original horror stories.
It really kind of sucks this film got shafted into a direct to DVD release, because it is a pretty good film. The stories aren't oscar worthy or anything, but at least they're original. And they constantly keep the audience guessing at what's coming next and how director Michael Dougherty is going to link them all together. And I have to say he did a damn fine job. The only one I wasn't terribly impressed with was the principal's. He had one hell of a long night to do everything he does in the movie, but whatever. I'll let it slide.
Lauren Lee Smith, Rochelle Aytes, and Monica Delain play the eye candy of the film incredibly well while Anna Paquin is great as the shy girl of the group. Almost reminds you of the Hostel 2 gang. Dylan Baker is perfect as the principal and Brian Cox plays a crazy old man very convincingly.
I will say that the little bag headed dude was kind of a let down. For being the poster child of the movie, his story was probably the weakest of the bunch. My favorite would either be the principal's introduction in the first segment or the school bus massacre bit.
While Trick R Treat isn't the next Halloween, it certainly shouldn't be ignored the way that the film's distributors did. Fans of the horror genre or dark comedy will have a blast and likely appreciate the original short stories and gruesome Halloween time tales. And I guarantee its twice as memorable as any horror remake produced by Michael Bay.