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Halloween Day by Day: "Trick 'r Treat" (2007)


 It's the big day, everyone!  CHRISTMAS IS HERE!  YAY!

Wait... what?  That can't be right...

*checks notes*

Oh!  My bad.  IT'S HALLOWEEN, BITCHES!  WOO HOO!

Better.

Tonight is Halloween, and what better way to celebrate the donning of scary costumes, and shaking down crazy cat ladies for their full sized Snickers bars, than to do so with a review of 2007's "Trick 'r Treat"?

This movie follows a mysterious child in costume as they witness several creepy and scary events throughout a small neighbourhood: A woman who hates Halloween, a lesson about respecting the rules of Halloween, bullies on the wrong end of a prank, a group of girls looking to party and run "wild", and an old man who lives in fear of Halloween.

These stories are all interwoven, and meshed together smoothly, and beautifully.  "Trick 'r Treat" is a glorious revival of the horror anthology movies of the 1980's like "Cat's Eye", and "Creepshow", though the framing narrative of the mysterious child ties the stories together in a much tighter and logical fashion.  I found all of these short stories to be interesting, varied, and entertaining.  They featured a wonderful blend of dark humour, and scares.

While the stories are short, you still come to enjoy the characters during their moments on the screen- especially "Sam", the child in the costume.  You're curious about him, and find him "cute" in a dark, eerie sort of way.  His character is a marvelous blend of childhood wonder and innocence towards Halloween, while also carrying that darkness and unpredictable nature that comes with Death and deep tradition.  A character worthy of becoming an iconic figure of Halloween in my opinion.

2007's "Trick 'r Treat" is one of those "Good"  movies I watch every year on Halloween, and I absolutely recommend it as a Halloween tradition... just remember to respect the tradition... or Sam might pay you a visit himself...

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