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Trick or Treats (1982)

R | | Horror | 29 October 1982 (USA)
A baby sitter is stuck watching over a young brat on Halloween night who keeps playing vicious pranks on her. To add to her trouble the boy's deranged father has escaped from an asylum and is planning on making a visit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Giroux ...
Linda (as Jackelyn Giroux)
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Malcolm O'Keefe
Chris Graver ...
Christopher O'Keefe
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Richard Adams
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Joan O'Keefe Adams
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Bret
Jillian Kesner ...
Andrea
Dan Pastorini ...
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2nd Attendant
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Bum
Jean Clark ...
Bert (as J.L. Clark)
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Mad Doctor
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Nurse Reeves (as Catherine Coulson)
Maria Dillon ...
TV Reporter
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Bum (as Jason Renard)
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Five years after his wife, Joan, had him wrongfully and delibarately committed to a mental institution so she could live with her boyfriend, Malcolm escapes on Halloween night and arrives back at his old house to murder her, except Joan is not home but she's out with her boyfriend while babysitter Linda is looking after Malcolm's 10-year-old son Christopher, an equally psychotic and demented practical joker until, under cover of darkness, Malcolm shows up and begins a real terror game of attrition with Linda. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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...when Halloween night stopped being fun! See more »

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29 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Babysitter Murders: The Beginning  »

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$55,000 (estimated)
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The bulk of this film was shot at the home owned by cast member Carrie Snodgress. See more »

Quotes

Christopher: You're cute. Are you the babysitter?
Linda: Well, you're not. That's a stupid thing to do.
Christopher: It's Halloween!
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Credits Orson Welles as 'Magical Consultant'. See more »

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References Bugs Bunny Superstar (1975) See more »

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Help Is on the Way
Performed by Horizon
Words and Music by Tom Barger
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Cheap "Trick"
1 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure why this movie is titled "Trick or Treats" instead of "Trick of Treat," but the filmmakers obviously didn't put much thought into the title — or the rest of the film, for that matter. They could have named it "Halloween," but of course, that title was taken. Then again, the "Halloween" plot was taken also, but that didn't stop the filmmakers from lifting that.

The plot involves a young woman babysitting for a practical joker on Halloween. The boy's father has escaped from a mental institution and returns home to terrorize his ex-wife, who committed him. Are the strange noises and phone calls to the babysitter the result of a crazed lunatic, or just the 10-year-old's pranks? Does the mental patient even realize his ex-wife is out for the evening? Do we care?

The film has absolutely no suspense, the scenes are disjointed and choppy, and the performances are uniformly bad. Even Steve Railsback, normally a commanding presence in B-movies, phones in his performance — literally. This cheap "Trick" has nothing to distinguish it from the crowded field of forgettable '80s slasher flicks. Like the rotten apple at the bottom of a Halloween candy bag, "Trick or Treats" is best trashed and forgotten.


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