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Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.

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Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o' lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater. Written by Harrypotterfan639

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Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life. See more »

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Rated R for horror violence, some sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Little people were used to fill in for kids trick or treating, since this film was shot mainly at night and real kids could not work these hours. See more »

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In the scene with the old man, when he loads the shot gun it makes the sound of a pump action shot gun when it is clearly a hammer action. See more »

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Chip: You must really like Halloween.
Rhonda: You mean Samhain?
Chip: What?
Rhonda: 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.
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A Halloween Treat
29 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Trick r Treat (directed by Michael Dougherty) is set in the small suburb of Warren Valley, Ohio and over the course of one Halloween night a series of sinister events occur from the different viewpoints of the local neighbourhood.

The great aspect of the film is the way the story has been shot and told to the audience. In the fashion of an anthology of short stories, we begin with one couple who have been parting and then come home, only for a few minutes later the 1st of many "Halloween" happenings to hit our screen. As soon as Henry tells Emma not to blow out the Jack –o- Lantern because it's against tradition but she does so anyway... we know there is trouble ahead! Once we see the resulting outcome of this 'rule breaking' we do not find out any more, but go back to moments earlier in the evening and enter a new tale from a different member of the publics position. This happens again and again, the story being told in a reverse but in doing so unravelling the mysteries, facts and strange happenings in a small town on the spookiest night of the year.

The film is an original so gains brownie points for being so. The unique 'evil' main character that I like to refer to as 'sack boy' (aka Sam) is unsettling at best. When possessed it is very creepy and makes for a cool new baddie rivalling 'Chucky' from Childs Play. Included in the fray, are the other traditional Halloween characters, from vampires to werewolves, psychopaths to zombies and they all play there part nicely, but I believe the real power of this film lies solely on 'sack boy'. Turn him (it) a bit more 'demonic' unlocking the full potential, then not only does Sam become a huge cult figure but the movie itself would have all the ingredients to ensure a hit franchise.

Trick r Treat has the ability to be interesting and tense throughout but the main problem I found with it was that it lacked in the scare department. Having said that, finding films that are not all about the gore these days is welcoming and if you could only inject a few big 'boo' moments into Trick r Treat, then I believe this film would have received a lot more main stream attention and subsequent success. As a result, we have a straight to DVD movie, which in turn will possibly lead to it developing a cult following through fans of 'Halloween history' and as far as genre classing goes, i would call this as a light horror rather than a full blown one, which in essence is enjoyable for all to watch.

Overall all the credit must go to Michael Dougherty for producing a slick Halloween treat. With factual writing, he has covered every detail and aspect of Halloween legends which makes for a refreshing tribute and innovative take on the genre.


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