Trick R' Treat - Trailer

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  1. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    The Blu-ray showed up in my Gold Box today for $26.59, so I went ahead and pre-ordered it. Hopefully the pre-order price will drop even more before the release date. I hate that "Digital Copy" trend bullshit, always increasing the SRP these days.
     
  2. BloodMan

    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    Saw this at TAD... I like it enough... not really orth all the praise its getting though as if its some holy grail... I was in the balcony too and it was hot and muggy as fuck... stupid power outage...
     
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    I was pretty disappointed with Trick 'r Treat. It certainly always looks good and is well made but there are some serious structural problems that it is never able to overcome, to say nothing of the fact that the stories, such as they are, are pretty clich├ęd. Not sure why Dougherty chose the format he did (interwoven stories, in roughly reverse chronological order) for this type of film since it pretty much drains all the payoffs of any impact. After seeing it I can certainly understand why Warner had trouble coming up with a way to sell the film to the public.
     
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    just watched it and i've gotta say, i was not overly impressed, the stories never really grabbed me and the whole film just felt really disjointed, on the plus side it is beautifully shot, and looks really nice, but that's about the only praise i can give.
     
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    chrismac87 Zombie Eater

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    I'm surprised by the amount of people who weren't impressed with this film or felt underwhelmed.

    I just got done watching a dupe a friend made for me and it quickly became a new Halloween favorite. I mean I have not seen a film that I have considered giving a perfect 10 to in the last 5 years, and I mean that sincerely. When it comes to new films impressing me, it's not an easy feat let me tell you. This one did. Everything about it just hit the right chords and I loved every second of it.

    Incidentally, if anyone happens to see this out early anywhere on Blu, please PM me, I'd love to nab this sucker ASAP!
     
  6. I agree. I'm sorry, but I feel a lot of my fellow genre fanatics are just WAY too hard on modern genre film these days, for several reasons. Don't wanna start nothin' major, but it's just my own personal two cents. Which is why I don't post away or see many movies (overtly mainstream) at a multiplex over the last five years or so.

    But ya know, to each they're own. We all have our own different tastes and such and preferance's, ect.

    Also, I agree: ONce this is out early on Blu-Ray, I wanna know, as forgot Amazon for now cause of adding S&H, I'm so psyched it's finally out, I just wanna buy it retail. I'm counting on any of the millions of Super Wal-Mart's or the big Best Buy or Super Target to at least have a copy or two on BD.
     
  7. maybrick

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    You're probably right, and I'm probably as guilty of that as anyone. My major complaint about modern horror? Too much reliance on realism and grittiness. I like the occasional slasher film like My Bloody Valentine 3D because it doesn't take itself too seriously, but I prefer Monster movies and we just don't see that many of them anymore (zombies and vampires excluded). Give me The Descent, Drag Me To Hell, or the upcoming Wolf Man over Saw, Haute Tension, or the Last House remake any day!

    And the trailer for Trick 'R Treat looks fantastic. I can't wait to check it out!
     
  8. Mazurka Macabre

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    Saw this recently and not sure why so many people here are down on it. This movie is exactly what the trailer promises: a fun "trick or treat" horror flick. It never really was marketed as anything else.

    Honestly, I can't think of anything "wrong" with this movie, other than that - as a horror aficionado - I didn't find it scary at all. It wasn't too campy. The acting was never groan-worthy. (Even the kids and the character actors, which amazed me. I usually hate both.) And although some people called the storylines cliche, I don't think that's true at all! Trick 'r Treat takes cliched horror sequences and Halloween stories, but turns them on their head:

    The girl being stalked by a vampire? Yeah, he's not a vampire, he's just some creep. Although meek and mild, the girl's the predator.

    The dumpy little girl scared to death (accidentally) by her frenemies? That is so often the underpinning for a killer's future motivation, like in Prom Night. Well, this girl doesn't die - she may not even be concussed - and she's getting the heck out of that quarry when the living dead rise to tear those brats' limbs from their sockets!

    The sociopath parent who poses a threat to all the children around him? He's actually a doting father, because his son isn't the next victim--he's a psycho just like his dad.

    In many cases I think the filmmakers' formal choices (in terms of framing, lighting, characterization, mood, acting, pacing, etc.) lead you down a path in which you expect a vignette to play out as a cliche, but then it takes a turn in a new direction that makes the viewer reappraise both the current storyline and the cliched storyline.

    Trick 'r Treat's central theme is one of "just deserts", in which people who profane the dead, the holiday, and the people around them are punished by the supernatural and coincidence. If that isn't a fresh breath of air for modern horror I don't know what is! There is no virgin-killing sex maniac here. There is no ghost of a wronged Asian girl. It is Halloween personified (the burlap sack-headed "Sam" i.e. Samhain) that is dispatching the unworthy (and doing it with a sense of humor).

    There are some marked strengths to the film. First and foremost is that it really creates a sense of community within the film world--the idea that this is a real neighborhood populated by real, if very eccentric, neighbors. (In my opinion, the only other film that captures the essence and feel of the Halloween holiday is the original Halloween.) This is facilitated by the four vignettes that make up the core of the narrative, which are pretty seamlessly woven together. In truth, I think the non-chronolinear progression ensures that a certain amount of suspense permeates the movie. You know Sam killed that blonde at the beginning and you know he's going to have a great sequence again at the end of the film.

    The second is of course the look of the film. I speak mainly of the set design, which is spot on, but also the visual effects (cg and make up). The werewolf effects were used sparingly, and as a result come off assurprisingly good (unlike in Dog Soldiers). A third is that the editing is superbly done, with no confusion arising for a first time watcher despite the atraditional structure of the narrative.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Trick 'r Treat becomes the kind of cult film whose reputation grows over time as people discover it and rewatch it every Halloween. It's a lot of fun, whether you're taking it seriously or not.
     
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  9. MisterTwister

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    I don't get how people can hate this film either. Trick 'r Treat is one of the best, if not the best, horror films of the year. I was completely blown away by the film and how well made it was. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT!
     
  10. Katatonia

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    I'm looking forward to seeing this one...tomorrow finally. My Blu-ray shipped from Amazon last evening, surprisingly by free overnight shipping instead of the standard two-day. I love Prime! :)
     
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    I bought an early copy at a DVD convention last Sunday. Fun film, reminded me of Creepshow. My fave story was the one with Anna Paquin. Pretty cool stuff :)
     
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    walmart doesn't have blu-ray just the dvd so off to best buy also they only got 2 of the 4 ghost house underground titles seventh moon and the children they did have the gate,dark country and children of the corn remake
     
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    I watched this the other night and thought it was quite brilliant !

    Loved Scotland`s very own "Brian Cox" performance.

    Dvd is just about to be released over here, no blu ray yet though, looks like the american blu ray is region free, so i`ll be buying that !
     
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  14. Cujo108

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    I just finished watching this and I had a blast with it. While it's not exactly up to the hype, as far as anthologies go, I'd say it's pretty much perfect. The film oozes Halloween spirit. There's some beautiful imagery here, all the more sterling in HD. I also loved how each story took place in the same town on the same night. Of the stories themselves, the
    werewolf
    one was my favorite, mainly because of the terrific climax. The
    pumpkin creature
    was also a pretty cool creation.

    Consider me a fan. While it may not reinvent the wheel, it does perfect the anthology.
     
  15. msw7

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    I saw this tonight and thought it was ok. Not spectacular, but good-ish. It felt a bit disjointed to me, but I liked the way the stories tied together.

    Was the content really controversial? Maybe I'm really jaded, but it hardly felt even edgy. Gruesome enough I suppose, but not shockingly evil.
     
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    Well, I got a free DVD copy. That said I'm glad I didn't end up having to buy one. It's pretty much a mess of a film that had potential. Doesn't compare to even some of the more mediocre anthology horror films like Cat's Eye, and I found Campfire Tales much more satisfying.

    It does have a great look and feel for Halloween, and Brian Cox is great...but lower 'dem 'der expectations sum.
     
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    It's been a couple years since I did a "blind buy." Watched this last night and loved it! One of the best new horror flicks I've seen in a while. No torture porn here, no MTV style horror, and not a remake. Great to see such a old fashioned Halloween film with so much atmosphere and better yet, in the anthology format! :D
     
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    Thought it was good, but did not live up to the hype which would've been almost impossible anyway. Actually fell asleep for a bit so I need to rewatch, maybe tonight.
     
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    I think I'l netflix before buying...
     
  20. Kolpitz

    Kolpitz Purely and Simply Evil

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    I got the Blu-ray in from Amazon today and I had a blast with this movie. I'll admit that this isn't some sort of horror movie second coming. I don't think Michael Dougherty ever intended it to be. It's just a really fun Halloween themed anthology horror film. Nothing more, nothing less. And, that's why it's so awesome. It doesn't try to break the mold. I think if Warner had released this back in '07, like originally planned, more people would be getting behind it. I mean, there are still a lot of people who love this film but there's also a backlash, thanks to the snowballing hype. It's also not your typical anthology film. It doesn't tell one story then cut to the next then cut to the next, etc. It takes more of a Babel route, intertwining the stories together with small connections. This film has cemented its place in my annual Halloween viewing. I'm glad I bought it and thanks to WB for finally releasing it, even if they've totally fucked it up. I think they made a mistake going the DTV route. This film has cult classic written all over it and, with proper marketing, it could've made a decent amount of money in theatres. Oh well, I'm just glad I get to watch it for Halloween.
     

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