Film Review: Trick ‘r Treat (4 Deliciously Dark Halloween Shorts)

If like me, you intend to spend Halloween curled up on the couch with a stack of horror films, I’d like to recommend Trick ‘r Treat, a collection of four/5 short tales of horror set on the scariest (and my favourite) night of the year. This is sure to put you in the mood for this fun and scary holiday.

The stories are set in the same little town with characters crossing over into each tale. The theme: obey the traditions of Halloween or pay the price.

Anna Paquin from True Blood plays an innocent virgin.  Her sister and friends are shopping for sexy Halloween outfits and urge her to choose her first, mocking her inexperience. Dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, she walks through town alone, unaware of being followed.

Then we have the creepy school principal who likes to poison kids who break jack-o-lanterns. Next up is a trip to an abandoned quarry where a bus load of kids drowned some years back.  The children go there this Halloween night to leave offerings in the form of lanterns, but they get more than they bargained for.  And lastly, we find out what happens to grumpy old men who don’t participate in the fun of Halloween.

The acting and cinematography were impressive. As a lover of Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve/Halloween, I enjoyed these short films.  The gorgeous costumes, Halloween spirit, ghosts, spooky mist and town carnival were right up my alley.  These four tales (or 5 if you count the opening 5 minutes) warn of punishment for those who do not respect the traditions of Halloween.  Have fun with this black comedy.

Happy Halloween

Check out the trailer from YouTube



27 thoughts on “Film Review: Trick ‘r Treat (4 Deliciously Dark Halloween Shorts)

  1. Good mornin Emma. This is wild. I was looking for this in my Netflix and it’s not there anymore. I wanted to watch it last night. I loved it. Especially the old man and the little guy! I like how everything ties in.

  2. I totally love this movie! Normally I always feel let down by horror movies, they’re not scary, or the story is terrible, or they’re more splatter and gore then psychological horror, but this movie was brilliant. I bought it right after renting it, let someone borrow it, forgot who then bought it again. My favourite story was the kids prank at the bus crash, chilling story. Been waiting for Sam Haaine to watch this again.
    On another note, if you haven’t seen the movie ‘Sinister’ yet, go see it. It’s seriously creepy and wonderful. Not gory and doesn’t go for the cheap jump scares over and over (there are a couple though).

    1. I haven’t seen Sinister. No one will go with me. They’re too scared and I’d be terrified to go see it alone so I’ll have to wait for the DVD to come out. It does look very scary and creepy.
      Trick ‘r Treat is a clever, dark comedy. The scene with the kids by the foggy quarry is very very creepy.

  3. Good review Emma. It’s a spooky and fun little piece of cinema that isn’t scary, but still has a nice time with itself. Perfect watching for Halloween, definitely.

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