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Release Date:
29 October 1982 (USA) See more »
...when Halloween night stopped being fun! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jacqueline Giroux ... Linda (as Jackelyn Giroux)

Peter Jason ... Malcolm O'Keefe
Chris Graver ... Christopher O'Keefe

David Carradine ... Richard Adams

Carrie Snodgress ... Joan O'Keefe Adams

Steve Railsback ... Bret
Jillian Kesner ... Andrea
Dan Pastorini ... 1st Attendant
Tim Rossovich ... 2nd Attendant

Paul Bartel ... Bum
Jean Clark ... Bert (as J.L. Clark)
John Blyth Barrymore ... Mad Doctor

Catherine E. Coulson ... Nurse Reeves (as Catherine Coulson)
Maria Dillon ... TV Reporter

Jason Ronard ... Bum (as Jason Renard)
Owen Orr ... Actor
Allen Wisch ... Man with Scar
Patricia Callahan ... Mad Doctor Assistant 1
Debbie Drissi ... Mad Doctor Assistant 2
Glenn Jacobson ... Corpse
Tara Aire ... 2nd Nurse (as Tara Hupp)
Butch Sanders ... Cop
Jono Kouzouyan ... Crazy Man
Nike Zachmanoglou ... Connie
Murray Bolen ... Asylum Inmate
Frances Bolen ... Asylum Inmate
Thomas Ellison ... Asylum Inmate
Wayne Stringer ... Asylum Inmate
James E. Johnson ... Asylum Inmate
Herb Franklin ... Asylum Inmate

R. Michael Stringer ... Asylum Inmate (as Michael Stringer)
David Lane ... Asylum Inmate
Barron ... Trick or Treater
Annette Dugdale ... Trick or Treater
Glenn Alexakis ... Trick or Treater
Sylvester Stewart ... Trick or Treater
Jason Richards ... Trick or Treater
Angela Uva ... Trick or Treater
David Uva ... Trick or Treater
Lisa Travis ... Trick or Treater
Rashell Travis ... Trick or Treater
Bill Bridges ... Trick or Treater
Alfredo Botello ... Trick or Treater
Har-El Dar-Noy ... Trick or Treater
Orin Dar-Noy ... Trick or Treater
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Graver ... Counterman (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... Woman at the Hospital (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Graver 
Writing credits
Gary Graver (screenplay)

Produced by
Caruth C. Byrd .... executive producer
Hedy Dietz .... associate producer
Gary Graver .... producer
Glenn Jacobson .... co-producer
Lee Thornburg .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Gary Graver (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Gary Graver 
Makeup Department
Noel De Souza .... makeup artist (as Noel D. Souza)
Glenn Dime .... hair stylist
Jim Gillespie .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miller Drake .... assistant director
Art Department
Michael Railsback .... set director
Sound Department
Bob Dietz .... sound (as Robert Dietz)
Irwin Nafshun .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn Alexakis .... best boy grip
Frank D'Angelo .... assistant camera
Ron Halpern .... second assistant camera
Jono Kouzouyan .... lighting gaffer
Michael Uva .... underwater grip
Doug Wood .... key grip
Jack Yanekian .... best boy (as Jack Yannekian)
R. Michael Stringer .... key grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Arica Reinhardt .... assistant editor (as Arica Rinehardt)
Music Department
Roy Thorn .... music coordinator
Other crew
Peter Alexakis .... medical advisor (as Dr. Peter Alexakis)
Jack Kindberg .... manager: Laird International Studios
Carl Porcello .... president: Cine Pro
Orson Welles .... magical advisor
Nike Zachmanoglou .... continuity (as Niki Zachmanoglou)
Sally Stringer .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | USA:R

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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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References Deadly Games (1982)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Strictly so-so., 2 February 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

This supposed horror spoof came to us courtesy of the legendary B movie cinematographer Gary Graver, here functioning as screenwriter, editor, D.P., and director. I can get that it's attempting to mock "Halloween" type films, but it seriously lacks any sort of wit, and Graver fails to make it particularly interesting, despite the magic angle. There's a number of familiar faces here, but they're mostly just picking up paychecks in brief special appearances (especially Steve Railsback, who you only ever see on the phone). Graver doesn't achieve any sort of tension, and some of the characters are beyond annoying. There are some guffaws to be had, but they're few and far between.

Top billed Jacqueline Giroux is clearly too old for her role, but is undeniably sexy as Linda, a struggling actress who agrees to take a babysitting gig because it will pay well. The kid in question is Christopher O'Keefe (who's played by Chris Graver, the real-life son of Gary G. and co-star Jillian Kesner), whose mother Joan (Carrie Snodgress) had her husband Malcolm (character actor Peter Jason, recognizable for his work with Walter Hill and John Carpenter) wrongly committed to an insane asylum. Joan has remarried, to a magician named Richard Adams (David Carradine), and Malcolm busts out of the asylum - disguised as a nurse - to wreak revenge on Joan. Meanwhile, Christopher spends the whole night terrorizing Linda with a series of macabre pranks.

If there's anything giving "Trick or Treats" any sort of stature, it's the fact that none other than Orson Welles, for whom Graver worked on Welles's later film projects, is credited as the "magic consultant". And these magic gags do manage to be mildly amusing. Otherwise, this is pretty blah stuff. Jason in drag is a sight to behold, in any event. Railsback and Carradine, who look like their scenes were filmed in a day or less, are utterly wasted in their roles. If you do watch, be sure to look for the following people in supporting roles and bits: delectable exploitation actress Kesner as Lindas' friend Andrea, football players Dan Pastorini and Tim Rossovich as attendants, Paul Bartel as a bum, John Blyth Barrymore (older half brother to Drew Barrymore) as a mad doctor in the movie-within-the-movie, Catherine E. Coulson (the Log Lady from 'Twin Peaks') as a nurse, and the director himself as a counterman. Giroux is somewhat appealing, but her character isn't particularly sympathetic because she falls for the kids' antics too many times, and the kid himself is extremely obnoxious. They definitely detract from whatever enjoyment the viewer might have.

If you must see it for completions' sake, be my guest, but don't get your hopes up very high.

Five out of 10.

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