Title: Trick ‘r Treat
Released: Started the film festival rounds in the US on Dec. 9, 2007, with theater release on Oct. 4, 2009 followed by DVD premiere Oct. 6, 2009 (Yeah, this movie got kind of fucked over, distribution-wise.)
Written and directed by: Michael Dougherty
Description: Interwoven stories demonstrate that some traditions are best not forgotten as the residents (Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker) of a small town face real ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Tales of terror reveal the consequences of extinguishing a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight and a grumpy hermit’s encounter with a sinister trick-or-treater.
This movie is described as an anthology. And, okay, I guess. It’s an anthology the way Pulp Fiction is an anthology. It’s not an anthology in the way that usually comes to mind when someone says “anthology.” It’s not made up of self-contained vignettes that we stick with from beginning to end. We do jump around some. Apparently the writer/director wanted to do a cut that kept all the stories together like a traditional anthology, but honestly, I think that would take away some of the magic of this movie.
I don’t remember exactly when I saw this for the first time, but I fell in love with it immediately. Whenever I can, I’ve made it annual Halloween viewing, which wasn’t always easy since it seems like it’s rarely streaming anywhere that doesn’t require an extra rental fee. This year, I just said “fuck it” and bought it at the Vintage Stock in one of our local malls. (The mall is struggling, but still alive. For now.) I had actually forgotten what movies I was going to look for when we got there, but fortunately it was prominently displayed on a Halloween shelf when we walked in, and I was like, “Oh, yeah, fucking duh! Trick ‘r Treat!”
Anyway, Happy Full Moon Halloween!