Trick ‘r Treat (2007, dir. Michael Dougherty)
This movie is one that I came to rather late, about two years after it was released. Actually, I wasn’t aware of any large release, primarily a limited release, although I was looking forward to seeing it in theaters. Well, it came and went at some point, I missed the theatrical release and instead found it on home video. I had heard some great things about it and decided to buy the BluRay I found on sale at Best Buy.
I’m a fan of anthology horror, as evidenced with my fondness for such films as Creepshow and other such movies. This movie’s segments flow really well stylistically, which make sense because the filmmaker’s voice is consistent throughout, and there are times when several chefs are in the kitchen for anthologies. Luckily, one chef prepared the courses for us. The anchor character who appears throughout each narrative is Sam. Sam looks like a small child wearing a crude, handmade burlap sack mask. This alone is attention grabbing because the head is larger than I would expect a small child’s head to be, even covered by burlap. But he plays small but important roles throughout each narrative.
And maybe it’s just me, but each narrative seems to get more demented as the movie progresses. Like I said, it could just be me, but one of the first things we see is the decapitation of a neighborhood resident who carelessly broke Halloween tradition by blowing out a jack O’ lantern’s candle. That right there sets the tone to be be rather absurd and demented. But that tone doesn’t just set itself and then not develop. Each subsequent episode takes things up a notch in some way throughout. School children being eaten by the undead, a school principle who poisons children and then carves their heads into jack o’ lanterns, female werewolves, a killer demon child who kills all who break the tradition of Halloween, or Samhain, more specifically. The way each narrative interlocks and is then paid off either in the periphery or from one narrative to another, this movie hits the right spot for horror anthology enthusiasts.