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Thursday, November 12, 2009

[8.25/10] Trick 'r Treat (2009)

Trick 'r Treat (2009)

Short review: Very effective in spots, "Trick 'r Treat" is highly recommended for those who want to reminisce of the 80-90s horror films, especially "Creepshow". Now, this one does take it a step further by continuously overlapping and backtracking on four stories of horror. Each story is infused with energetic performances from all the lead cast members, while instances of suspense followed by a brief splattering of dark-humour send your emotions on a hugely enjoyable roller-coaster; you'll be cowering one minute and laughing out loud the next! However the real splendour and genius in Dougherty's film is in the beautifully shot and composed sequences, shot by cinematographer Glen MacPherson, which bring alive the tradition of Halloween that we all remember from being a child. It's fun, it's exciting, it's suspenseful, it's scary and it is the perfect movie to watch on a dark, cold and windy all Hallows Eve night! It's a shame for such a fine film to languish on the shelf, only to be seen by a select few at sympathetic festivals, for "Trick 'r Treat" is virtually an instant classic of the genre, even if its only audience exposure ends up being via direct-to-DVD.

  • My Rating: 8.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 85% (7.6/10)
  • IMDb: 7.3/10

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