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Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  9 December 2007 (USA)
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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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You better watch out, I'm telling you why. Sam is coming to town... See more »


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

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The name of the character Sam is derived from Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival of the dead from which modern-day Halloween is derived. Despite having been portrayed as such in this film and several other works, Samhain is not a deity or other personage of ancient Celtic polytheism; it is only the name of the celebration. However, the idea of being either a deity or other personage dates back to at least the late first century, largely thanks to an Irish bishop named Cormac mac Cuilennàin and his book "Sanas Cormaic" (Irish Gaelic for "Cormac's Narrative"), which had identified Samhain as such. See more »

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At one scene the old man gets glass splinter in his hands, and are unable to hold the shotgun or close the door, but then as soon as the first attack is over the cuts on his hands suddenly disappear; he is now able to slam the window for help, grab the shotgun and perform shooting etcetera without any harm. See more »

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Mr. Kreeg: Who the hell is that? I've got an NRA membership in my pocket, and a shotgun over the fireplace, so get outta here before I...
Steven: It's me, Mr Kreeg. Steven, Steven Wilkins.
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Mr. Kreeg: What did you say?
Steven: Nothing, the uh, septic tank is acting up.
Mr. Kreeg: Is that what that smell is?
Steven: I'm afraid so.
Mr. Kreeg: Then fix it, it stinks like a dead whore out here.
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A delightful slice of rock solid and creepy Halloween fun
17 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was pleased to see this heavily hyped film on a big screen for its back story is not the rosiest. Due for release quite a while back its been repeatedly postponed by the distributors (Warner Bro's) and I think is destined to mostly be seen straight to DVD. A crying shame because it really is somewhat awesome and deserves a much bigger audience and the fun of watching it with a crowd. Its an anthology film with a horror comic vibe, telling four interlocking tales all linked by the thesis that one should never mess with Halloween, else Halloween will mess with you. I won't go into any of the plotting ins and outs because it should be kept a surprise but its fine stuff, melding effective creeps, a decent helping of dark humour, some fun bloodshed, grisly at times but used with imagination and restraint, never gratuitous and a neat mean streak. Writer/director Michael Dougherty crafts the film very nicely, the spooks and fun are perfectly balanced, the film is always entertaining and sweetly paced. The non linear structure gives it an unpredictable feel, though one minor complaint is that one of the stories has its impact a tad diluted by being spread out. Still the structure works, apparently it was edited that way from being originally linear because having all the stories one after the other made it feel over lengthy. An immaculate Halloween ambiance is draped over the whole film by the detailed art direction of Tony Wohlgemuth and the evocative cinematography of Glen Macpherson, the film feels every bit a work of late October and is filled with inviting yet spiky charm. Actingwise things are all pretty good, Anna Paquin is on beautiful and wholly watchable form, whilst Brian Cox excels in a role that will instantly endear itself to older anthology horror lovers (a bit of a reference that I shall keep a surprise). Dylan Baker is morbidly amusing as a school principle and whilst I didn't recognise many others all give good value. This was definitely one of the best horrors I've seen in a cinema in some time, a thoroughly fresh, fun and surprising film, with some unexpected spooks and a few memorable "Hell Yeah!" inducing moments, all wrapped up with charm, loving references and sly chuckles. Definitely recommended to folk seeking quirky and entertaining yet pleasingly barbed horror entertainment, dare I say it something of a classic of this decade.


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