As I write this review for you, the night is winding down in the Sperduti household. The last few trick-or-treaters have come and gone and my favorite holiday is over. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get one last scary movie review in! And this one
was wildly appropriate for the holiday.
Trick ‘r Treat was originally set to release on Halloween in 2007 but was pulled from being released. It was finally released in 2009 straight to DVD. The movie is based off of a short film called Season’s Greetings that was written by Michael Dougherty (who wrote and directed this film).
The film contains four stories that all somehow connect together. The movie starts with couple Emma (Leslie Bibb) and Henry (Tahmoh Penikett) returning from a night of Halloween festivities. When Emma starts taking down the decorations in their yard and blowing out the candles in the jack-o-lanterns. Henry warns her that it is against tradition to take down decorations before midnight. Ignoring Henry, Emma continues because she wants to have everything down before her mother comes to visit. After Henry goes into the house, Emma continues to take down decorations, but she soon finds that maybe her decorations have taken on a life of their own.
I want to describe each of the stories without giving away too much. One story revolves around a principal, Steven Wilkins (Dylan Baker) living a double life. By day, he’s an authority figure, a trusted adult that his students can look up to but by night, he is a predator. What is even more twisted about this story is his partner in all of his predatory games.
Another story is about Laurie (Anna Paquin), a 22-year-old virgin who is being heckled by her older sister Danielle (Lauren Lee Smith) and her friends about being so shy. After finding fairy tale character costumes (it’s tradition), they offer to take her to a Halloween party to boost her confidence and get her to come out of her shell. I can tell you this much (without giving too much away) Laurie, dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, definitely comes out and in a big way.
The third story is based on a cruel prank by four teenagers on a schoolmate named Rhonda (Samm Todd). These kids tell Rhonda the story about a school bus massacre that happened years ago. The story is about a bus driver who transported mentally disturbed children and was paid by the parents to put the children out of their misery. This would be easy because they had to be chained to their seats. He had planned to put the bus in neutral and let it go over a cliff into the lake. The bad news is that his plan did not go that way. While he was double checking the restraints, a child escaped and was so frightened that he accidentally put the bus in gear and the bus went over the cliff with everyone, including the bus driver. Rhonda learns that her classmates have collected eight pumpkins in order to leave them by the lake as an offering to the eight fallen children. After the teens have played a horrible prank on Rhonda, they find out that the joke is actually on them.
The final story is about a grumpy neighbor, Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox), who hates Halloween. He hates it so much that he dresses his dog up like a monster to scare away any trick-or-treaters who come to the door. What he learns that night is maybe he shouldn’t be such a partypooper, some people don’t take kindly to it.
How do all these stories intertwine? Though the holiday is over, Trick ‘r Treat is a fun, scary movie that doesn’t have to be a seasonal watch. Check it out to find out how all the stories end.
Written by: Katie Sperduti