Tagline: Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life.
Synopsis: “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.” source
I remember first learning about TRICK ‘R TREAT by way of a “coming soon” teaser trailer before a movie I saw in the theater. It’s been so long that I can’t remember which movie I was at the theater to see, but as soon as I was back at home, I immediately added TRICK ‘R TREAT to my watchlist on IMDb. Then came the waiting… when would it arrive at a theater near me?!!
Spoiler alert: It didn’t. Booooo! Apparently there were distribution issues or some such studio nonsense. Fast forward, over 2 years later, when I snatched it up on the day of its DVD release. Horror and anthology are like peanut butter and jelly. So I’ve seen most of them; unfortunately, they’re not all worth the watch. Kinda like a short story collection, which can be hit-or-miss, horror anthologies require certain elements to deliver a rewarding experience for the viewer. I knew I’d found an instant Halloween classic from its opening credits. TRICK ‘R TREAT succeeded on every level.
There’s truly horrifying moments. There’s funny bits. There’s dead children. There’s killer kids. There’s a candy bar as a life-saving device. There’s a subversive retelling of a popular horror trope. I could gush forever…
In fact, TRICK ‘R TREAT may even surpass my current favorite horror movie of all time, which I’ll talk about on Day 30 of this challenge. For now, it’s, without a doubt, my favorite anthology.
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What’s your favorite horror movie anthology?