Movie Review: TRICK 'R TREATWarner Bros. Pictures

“Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice…I like your eye patch.”

Further proof that the world we live in is slipping deeper and deeper into Bizarro Land. The past few years, Warner Bros. has released such direct-to-video fare as Lost Boys: The Tribe (*grrrr*) immediately, not to mention a lot of less-than-memorable theatrical features, and let movies like this one languish for over 2 years before releasing it on DVD almost as an afterthought. Me am not Bizarro NecRo, goodbye.

For the past couple of years, I’ve kept hearing about this movie. Websites and message boards were gushing about Trick ‘R Treat, how it captured the fun horror spirit of the classic EC Comics and especially the first Creepshow movie. The buzz was surrounding this movie. And wouldn’t you know, the Brothers Warner (and their sister Dot…HA!) kept promising to give it a theatrical release, but they continued to push back the release date. Until finally they recently decided to just put it out on DVD. And if it weren’t for the online horror networks I regularly peruse, I would have missed it entirely.

So now it’s out. And while I’m usually a patient man, and can wait until a DVD is in the cheaper rental section, I immediately rented the sucker (I had some credit to burn at the rental place, anyway), and it was with a cautious anticipation I pressed play on the DVD player.

Man, I couldn’t build the suspense in this review more even if I started with “It was a dark and stormy night”…

Approximately an hour and half later, after the final credits rolled and the DVD reverted back to the main title index, I sat there thinking this was some bloody awesome horror watchin’. A really fun Halloween-themed roller coaster ride this is, featuring four individual vignettes taking place on All Hallows Eve and subtly intertwining, loosely tied together by this cute little spawn of Samhain named Sammy in the credits. Really, this “Sammy has the potential to become one of the great modern horror icons, along side Jason, Friedie, Michael and the host of others.

Trick ‘R Treat is great horror movie watchin’ fun, and a perfect example of how the genre isn’t dead in the hearts of us horror freaks. I urge you to pick up a copy of your very own and keep the Halloween spirit alive. Highly recommended…