By sheer luck alone, the time of its home DVD release was perfect. Rearing its festive head and pumpkin-orange grin pre-Twilight (2008), those were days when it was not seriously uncool to favour vampires and werewolves. But it doesn’t stop there. Trick ‘r Treat has it all from zombies to serial killers, from urban legends to age-old fairy tales, each with sickening twists and dizzying turns galore. Not to mention its killer cast.
Dylan Baker of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy carries with him a natural disarming demeanour that makes him the perfect shark of the suburbs. You just never really know who could be living right next door to you. Meanwhile, sporting her trademark scowl, Dead Like Me’s Britt McKillip and her prankster friends are in for a rude and bone-breaking awakening. Be careful who you push around. One day they might just push back.
Post X-Men, Trick ‘r Treat sees the Oscar-Winning Anna Paquin as the personification of innocence and danger colliding, as she steps out for a spooky night on the town with the girls, dressed as Little Red Riding Hood herself. The big bad wolf ain’t got nothin’ on this damsel.
After delivering a terrifying performance in the U.S remake of The Ring, the formidable Brian Cox is the Ebenezer Scrooge of Halloween as he does battle with its past, present and future all rolled into one small…child? Or is it? Kooky chaos ensues in this twisted Home Alone-style invasion. But will this Scrooge learn the error of his ways. If he doesn’t, this candy-guzzling intruder will show him a trick that I bet even the Lollipop Guild has never seen.
I just wouldn’t be All Hallow’s Eve without Trick ‘r Treat. Marvel as each tale of the best horror anthology, bar none, intertwines with the other. Be surprised, be horrified and be good for Sam – a new horror legend in the making. Have a Happy Halloween!