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Trick 'r Treat (2007)

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Five 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 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; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

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Michael Dougherty
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6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Baker ... Steven
Rochelle Aytes ... Maria
Quinn Lord ... Sam / Peeping Tommy
Lauren Lee Smith ... Danielle
Moneca Delain ... Janet
Tahmoh Penikett ... Henry
Brett Kelly ... Charlie
Britt McKillip ... Macy
Isabelle Deluce Isabelle Deluce ... Sara
Jean-Luc Bilodeau ... Schrader
Alberto Ghisi Alberto Ghisi ... Chip
Samm Todd ... Rhonda
Anna Paquin ... Laurie
Brian Cox ... Mr. Kreeg
Leslie Bibb ... Emma
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trick or Treat See more »

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Dylan Baker won the 2009 Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
Halloween Commercial Man: During the spookiest time of the year there are a few guidelines all ghosts and goblins should follow. Always stay on sidewalks. Never go to a strangers house, and never go out alone.
[the B&W commercial cuts]
Emma: [Sarcastically] This was a great idea, honey. Really. It's just magical. It makes me wish every night was Halloween.
Henry: I'm sorry Em. Wait, wait. Not yet.
Emma: What?
Henry: You're supposed to keep it lit.
Emma: Why?
Henry: Ancient tradition?
Emma: Henry, it's Halloween, not Hanukkah. Baby, I'm lit and you're ...
[...]
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References Halloween (1978) See more »

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from House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Written by Von Dexter
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Embraces the Spirit of Halloween
24 July 2011 | by brando647See all my reviews

I hope there was a good reason this film wasn't given nationwide release in theaters. A lot of the early reviews I'd read had spoke of how this film was one of the best Halloween-themed movies in years but for whatever reason (studio politics, I assume) it was shelved until it's eventual home release. It was excited to finally see it and it lived up to a lot of the hype. The film is an anthology of four stories occurring over Halloween night, with a introduction featuring the beautiful Leslie Bibb demonstrating what happens when you disrespect the spirits on All Hallows' Eve. The movie is R-rated, a pleasant surprise in a time where most horror movies soften their punches for the more popular PG-13 in an attempt to widen their audience. The film is also a nice break from the torture porn that's come to dominate the horror genre with films like SAW popping out every year or the gore-fests like the FINAL DESTINATION series. The film has it's share of bloody messes but it doesn't rely on it for the scares. TRICK 'R TREAT does a great job creating atmosphere and misdirecting the viewer to build tension.

The movie has a fantastic cast with loads of familiar faces but without the distraction of an A-list star to hog the spotlight. Dylan Baker, primarily known (to me, anyway) for his role in the Sam Raimi SPIDER-MAN films as Dr. Curt Connors, leads the anthology in the first story as a school principal with some twisted Halloween rituals. Anna Paquin (the X-MEN films, HBO's "True Blood") is a virgin attending a Halloween party with a group of friends pressuring her to have her "first experience". In my favorite mini-story from the film, the ever-awesome Brian Cox is a curmudgeonly hermit who hates Halloween with a passion and comes face-to-face with a sack-masked little demon that I wish had been given the chance to become an horror icon in future anthology installments. Unfortunately, with the quiet, direct to home video release this movie received, the best to hope for is cult status in people finding this movie on their own. It's a brutal sequence in which Cox's character comes face-to-face with the spirit of Halloween and learns to play by the rules or die.

The only story in the series that didn't break any new ground to me was the tale of a group of friends who decide to play a clichéd prank on a young girl, the town's idiot savant. Whereas the three other stories managed to catch my attention with their own twists, this story was a paint-by-numbers bit I'd seen before in countless Halloween-themed TV specials. It was predictable enough that I was able to call pretty much every point before it happened. Entertaining enough, I suppose, and it's not as if it ruined the movie. This film, from writer Michael Dougherty in his second directing gig, is a blast to watch. I hope the word of mouth gets around and it gets the attention it deserves. It's a creepy film and it totally embraces the spirit of the holiday. I know it'll become an annual staple every October for me.


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