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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Movie Review # 2 Trick 'r Treat




Release: 2009 made in 2007 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862856/)
Director: Michael Dougherty (Superman: Returns, X2)
Writer:    Michael Dougherty
Cast:       Dylan Baker (Spider-man 2, Spider-man 3, The Cell)
               Brett Kelly (Bad Santa, Sandlot 2)
               Anna Paquin (True Blood, X-Men, Fly Away Home)
               Brian Cox (Troy, Bourne Identity, Braveheart)


Online Ratings: 

Netflix Rating:  3.3 Stars
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 Stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Review:
Trick 'r Treat is a fascinating film. That Takes cues from comic books and great horror films like Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow and the Twilight Zone movie. All the while making it all it's own in a Pulp Fictionesque fashion. From beginning to end there are 4 intertwined stories that seem to have no rhyme or reason and have nothing to do with each other. Only to come a head at the end where it is all wrapped up in a nice bow for your viewing consumption. Unlike yesterday's film where I really fought back and kept my review clean. All because I hated it this one has brought out a certain inner maniacal killer inside me. 


As I smirked each time the someone died an untimely death which often was never shown but only implied. It is because of this Trick 'r Treat hits on what made the 80's horror films so great. Which was sell the campy nature, don't take yourself overly serious and sell the featured gore scenes but not be overly gory. The Torture-porn genre brought on by movies like Hostel and Saw have come and gone. But classics like Halloween, Friday the 13th have staying factors as they do not make the audience want to hurl as you watch in graphic details someone being cut to bits. 


That is just not for me and same can be said for most of society. It can no be said about all and that is what makes art films like Trick 'r Treat so much fun. They fill the void of classic horror that a majority of people can enjoy. Michael Dougherty who not only wrote this but also directed. Shows that he cared about his medium unlike Heatseekers Albert Pyun. This film flowed and never dragged as each story was told in a beautiful fashion with each having a intriguing and often fun end. 


Now some would I watch this film again? Most defiantly it is a film that I can kick back to and enjoy just like I do for my annual Creepshow viewing. Do I recommend this film defiantly. If you are sick of the Porn-torture films and long for the days of classic horror that is partly comedy part silly cliche then Trick 'r Treat is the film for you.


My Rating: 3.25 out of 5 Stars


This film is souly owned by Legendary Pictures and Warner Premier. All rights belong to them.


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Trick 'r Treat Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/trick_r_treat/
Trick 'r Treat Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick_'r_Treat


My Review Criteria: Must be a film I have never seen and available on Netflix (Streaming or DVD). Must be a B-Film, Indie Film or Foreign Film. Must have not been released in mass to Theaters in the USA. Feel free to submit any movie you would want me to review. I am game for anything.
(Goal to write 365 movie reviews in 365 days. Damn I am nuts!)

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