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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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Babysitter Murders: The Beginning  »

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$55,000 (estimated)
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It took Gary Graver about three weeks to make this film because he shot the whole movie at night from 6 p.m. to midnight. 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 Sing Sinner Sing (1933) See more »

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Help Is on the Way
Performed by Horizon
Words and Music by Tom Barger
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Not to be confused with Trick 'r Treat (2007) or Trick or Treat (1986), neither of which are great, but still much better than this stinker.
27 September 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Apparently, if you're looking to take your other half out of the picture, all you need to do is call up the local nut-house, who will send round a couple of orderlies with a straitjacket to cart them away, no questions asked. That's what Joan (Carrie Snodgress) does to her husband Malcolm (Peter Jason) who spends the next four years in an asylum going genuinely crazy. Of course, there's always the danger that they might break out and go looking for a spot of revenge, which is precisely what Malcolm does, disguising himself as a female nurse to do so.

When Malcolm finally arrives home, his ex-wife isn't there, having gone partying with her new man Richard (David Carradine); instead, he makes do with terrorising her pretty babysitter Linda (Jacqueline Giroux), who is staying the night to look after chubby, magic-obsessed, practical joker Christopher (Chris Graver), quite possible the most obnoxious little s**t to have ever appeared in a horror movie.

What sounds like standard '80s slasher nonsense feels like anything but, the entire cast clearly not taking matters very seriously (and who can blame them given the very silly script); unfortunately, despite what I can only presume are attempts at humour, the film is never funny enough to qualify as a comedy horror, and with zero scares or gore, no nudity, plus that really irritating kid grating on the nerves throughout, Trick or Treats manages to be an utter failure on practically every level. Even the utterly stupid, highly predictable 'shock' ending blows.


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