It’s Halloween movie season! This is my first 31 October watches, and I’ll be posting the rest periodically this month.
The first of my scary movie watches was Trick r’ Treat, directed and written by Michael Dougherty (director of Krampus and the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters), and is a horror anthology with five different scary stories that take place on the same town on Halloween night.
I loved this movie. It was fun, it wasn’t trying to do too much (which can happen with anthologies), and it all came together so perfectly. From beginning to end I found very little that I disliked about the film. The comic-themed title sequence and title cards were a little cheesy, and didn’t quite make sense unless you knew there was a comic, but didn’t ruin the film for me.
This movie successfully made old folk stories and Halloween transitions genuinely frightening, but for the most part, this is just a fun movie. It was refreshing to watch something that didn’t exclusively rely on jump-scares either. When jump-scares were used, they were done tastefully and added to the tension, rather than take me out of the story. The tone was set right from the start with the title sequence and beautiful score by Douglas Pipes (Monster House), not to mention the beautiful cinematography. Despite there being five stories told at once, you still get the vibe that you’re in a small town in Ohio that loves Halloween.
The acting could be over the top, at times, but I think that’s to be expected in horror films. It wasn’t annoyingly over the top. I’ve been watching quite a few movies lately with really awful child actors, but the younger actors in this movie were excellent. My favorite performances were from Connor Christopher Levins as Billy Wilkins, and Anna Paquin as Laurie.
All in all, I think this was a very well put together film, and it has become a new Halloween favorite.