Monday, October 8, 2012
Trick 'r Treat (2006) review
This has to be one of the best Halloween and horror films of modern times. It's scary, clever, and just well done overall.
PLOT:It's Halloween night in Warren Valley, Ohio, and everybody's celebrating, but not always in the most pleasant ways. We follow four stories in this film which are all intertwined together. The stories include that of a school prinicpal, Mr. Wilkins (Dylan Baker), who moonlights on Halloween killing schoolchildren, a group of young teenagers who revisit the site of a school bus massacre, a young, petite, 22-year-old virgin girl (Anna Paquin) who's about to get hers tonight with the help of her friends, and an old, cranky loner named Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox) who is being haunted and hunted by a little Halloween spirit. All of these happen on the same night and are intertwined within each other in this horror anthology. It's a great plot executed brilliantly.
ACTING:The performances in here are very great. I don't think there's really a bad one in here. The best (shiners) would be Dylan Baker as Mr. Wilkins, Brian Cox as Mr. Kreeg, Anna Paquin as Laurie, Leslie Bibb as Emma, Samm Todd as Rhonda, Richard Harmon as the Vampire Kid, and Jon-Luc Bilodeau as Schrader. The most significant to me are Dylan Baker as Mr. Wilkins and Brian Cox as Mr. Kreeg. They both play their parts perfectly, matching each persona very well. As I said before, however, mostly all performances are great.
SCORE:The score in here is quite intense and creepy. I'd say it kept the film going very well. It isn't as significant a theme as The Exorcist or Halloween, but it was pretty good.
EFFECTS:The blood and gore flows freely in this horror film. The blood effects are very good and enhance the scariness of this film, from small cuts to big guts and even too puking it. It all enhances the scares. The effects were also pretty great for the werewolves, the zombies, and Sam the Halloween kid. They all kept the film's scares going.
OTHER CONTENT:This is one of the best horror films I've seen in the modern age. It's scary, campy, clever, and just an instant classic. This film piles up on scares and puts in some dark humor to add a campy feeling to it. The writer did very well incorporating all of this together. This film's scares are also disturbing enough to put a shiver of Halloween glory and madness down your spine. It's also pretty clever and suspenseful how it connects all of the scares together by one storyline with several different subplots going on. This horror film brings back the good days of classic horror, from werewolves, to creative kills, to trick-or-treat murders, and even to revengeful zombies. This is an instant horror classic due to its craftiness. However, it's missing some decently important film elements, such as character development, which in turn makes it a pretty shallow horror film to some. Either way, Michael Dougherty, I thank you for a great time.
OVERALL,an awesome Halloween horror film with a brillaintly-executed plot, very great acting, intense score, great blood and monster effects, disturbing scares, campy dark humor, clever writing, and a feeling of a good, old horror scare, but the absence of elements like character development could make one consider it fairly shallow, or that it could have been done a different way.