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Trick or Treats (1982)

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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Gary Graver

Writer:

Gary Graver (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Giroux ... Linda (as Jackelyn Giroux)
Peter Jason ... Malcolm O'Keefe
Chris Graver Chris Graver ... Christopher O'Keefe
David Carradine ... Richard Adams
Carrie Snodgress ... Joan O'Keefe Adams
Steve Railsback ... Bret
Jillian Kesner ... Andrea
Dan Pastorini Dan Pastorini ... 1st Attendant
Tim Rossovich ... 2nd Attendant
Paul Bartel ... Bum
Jean Clark Jean Clark ... Bert (as J.L. Clark)
John Blyth Barrymore ... Mad Doctor
Catherine E. Coulson ... Nurse Reeves (as Catherine Coulson)
Maria Dillon Maria Dillon ... TV Reporter
Jason Ronard ... 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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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babysitter Murders: The Beginning See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$55,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The bulk of this film was shot at the home owned by cast member Carrie Snodgress. See more »

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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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Help Is on the Way
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Good Badness #6: Great, another annoying kid that just won't die in a dull 80's flick.
3 December 2009 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

TRICK OR TREATS tries to be something but it miserably fails to be anything. Is it mainly trying to be some sort of slasher-inspired horror film using a Halloween-theme? Probably, but you can't really call it a horror movie. There's no suspense, no thrills, no gore, no memorable deaths, no nothing. Just a lot of talking, various hints at possible subplots that are no hints, really, but just goings-on that lead to absolutely nothing. Just a guy who escapes a mental institute to get revenge on his wife because she put him there. This is just a minimal plot-thread running through the film, as most of the other scenes feature an extremely annoying kid (the son of the lunatic) playing stupid Halloween pranks on his female baby-sitter. The chick fills her time with phoning her acting boyfriend (played by an under-used Steve Railsback, who's anything but memorable in this film) and telling the annoying kid stories like "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". David Carradine plays the kid's step-dad and has, besides talking smooth to the baby-sitter, no reason to be in this film. Peter Jason (as the escaped lunatic dad), might come across as another familiar face (it should, actually, just watch some John Carpenter movies), but seeing him dress up as a nurse (with a bad wig) will just have you shaking your head, wishing this film would end.

In all honesty, TRICK OR TREATS could have been an okay Halloween-themed horror flick if they had actually bothered to write a decent script. But it turned out a boring, uneventful piece of crap. With one of the most annoying 80's kids ever.

Good Badness? No, simply no fun. 2/10 and 2/10


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