A review coming up for this just as soon as I anger the sack boy…
Halloween is a wonderful time of the year. It’s the only time we celebrate something that’s scary, and admit as a culture that yes there are bad things out there, and we would do well to remember that. It’s sad then that not many films really tap into that idea. Thankfully though Trick ‘R Treat is one of them.
Quick note, lets not confuse this with Trick Or Treat; the terrible film staring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons from Kiss. This is more like the best Tales From the Crypt movie that never was.
On Halloween Night we get a series of interlocking stories. There’s the girls getting ready for a night out on the Town, there’s the Father with a dark secret, there’s the School Kids who are looking to out-spook each other and finally there’s the old man who hates Halloween. All of the stories are linked by the appearance of the Sack boy, a small child with a burlap sack over his head. Sinister, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Like some of the other films on this list it’s best experienced relatively blind. It’s like the most violent Goosebumps film ever made. I don’t say that in a detrimental way, it just retains a sense of fun while not betraying its horror roots. It’s also best viewed with a crowd of people (Or at least a few friends).
That’s about all I want to say about this now because I don’t want to spoil anything. Other than to say that I first caught the film last Halloween and loved it, and it’s great to see that it’s held up now. Even for years like this where I wasn’t really feeling the Season all that much, I just needed to pop this on and all that nostalgia came flooding back.
Up Next: The obvious choice.