It’s that time of the year again, people start wearing spooky masks, candy is being sold, and everyone gets to act a little evil this year. Halloween! It’s such a great time to celebrate this since the seasons are getting colder and we hardly have any films based off the spooktacular holiday. But we have this one. Trick R Treat is a 2007 Horror Comedy directed by Michael Dougherty who has also worked on another Holiday film I’ll cover soon. It follows multiple story arcs connecting in the small fictional town of Warren Valley, Ohio. Each story follows traditional stories that you’d expect be centered around Halloween, Jack-O-Lanterns, Slutty Costumes, Poisoned candy, and dead children, you know, Halloween! Each story is interwoven with this little kid with a sack over his head and follows each story around, his name is Sam, he’s cute.
The story sounds basic but it does expand to a point where they each have a strong connection and it ends up making sense. One follows a murderous principle, another is a girl trying to lose her virginity, a group of teens talking about a tale of a school bus of kids driven off a cliff and how they haunt a creek, and more. As much as I enjoyed the stories, I wished there was more story for each one with all of them lasting around 15-20 minutes. While the characters are pretty dry to watch as they only serve a purpose of telling a story and intertwining them with others in movie under 2 hours long. I understand since there are multiple arcs and having to spend time introducing them might be a big useless thing even for a movie this short. I just wished some of them were more interesting, a lot of them kinda sucked.
Not much is to be said about this movie, it’s pretty straightforward with an overloading of stories mashed together at the same time. Each one has a nice significance and the things cycling around Halloween and it isn’t strongly developed in characters which is pretty lazy as it sounds, but makes sense since there is no actual main character besides the little ghoul Sam that is my most favorite. He’s small, silent, cute, and murderous. But Trick R Treat is good Halloween film to watch on the night of spooks by yourself and with friends. It may not be your type of movie if you want something thrilling to leave you in permanent terror, some parts can be scary, but it’s mostly centered as a horror comedy so just stick with it. It’s a simple but joyful film to enjoy on Halloween and I do recommend it this lovely season.