Candy corn. It starts to show up once a year and then you never think of it again for the rest of the year. They’re delicious but insubstantial.
That’s what the 2008 horror anthology movie Trick ‘r Treat is like. It was fun to watch, had some neat visuals and music, but didn’t really have any kind of a message except maybe respect the spirit of Halloween or get stabbed by a sharp lollipop.
The movie is four different stories following people in a small town on Halloween night and they’re all linked by the appearance of Sam, the adorkable pint-sized trick or treater.
See, cute? I just want to hug him until his candy-filled innards spill out.
The real highlight of the movie is the appearance of Brian Cox as the curmudgeony, Halloween-hatin’ Mr. Kreeg. For the uninitiated, Brian Cox played Hannibal Lector in Manhunter. His segment is easily the most enjoyable.
The movie does suffer from some goofy dialogue, and I spent a good amount of time chuckling when Sam’s real face was revealed. Although I am glad that it wasn’t CGI, for I am weary of terrible CGI and will choose practical effects every day. It was definitely fun, though, watching the movie have fun with some horror movie tropes such as the virgin v. the slutty girls and the prank gone awry. It’s definitely worth a watch but I’m not sure if it warranted all the glowing reviews that I’ve read.