Odd City Entertainment will be releasing a sweet limited edition Trick ‘r Treat poster to commemorate Legendary Entrainment’s upcoming screening at the Egyptian Theater in L.A. Everyone who attends the screening on October 28th will be gifted with one of these bad boys. If you don’t live in L.A., Odd City is printing 100 regular copies and 85 glow-in-the-dark variants that will go on sale the following day. These will go fast, so I hope you have a quick trigger (mouse) finger.
Director Michael Dougherty (who also wrote X2 and Superman Returns) crafted the cult horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat back in 2007, only to see it shelved (ostensibly the studio found it difficult to market) and ultimately released to home video in 2009. Since then, the film has taken on a thriving life as a fixture among the horror crowd.
Now, the film is getting its first ever official screening at Beyond Fest. It will be held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on October 28th! If you live in LA and have been wanting to see this movie with a crowd, this is it! The screening will be followed by a panel that will include Dougherty along with several members of the cast (the panel will be live streamed on Legendary’s Facebook Page for those who can’t attend).
In anticipation of the screening, I discussed the film’s long history with Dougherty. I also found out which anthology films he favors most and whether or not he’d consider a sequel to Trick ‘r Treat. Check out the interview below! READ MORE
I know that I’m not the only one when I say that I miss Masters of Horror. Sure, not all of the episodes were spot on, and some of the selections were head-scratchers (William Malone and John McNaughton aren’t what you’d call masters of the genre), but it was still an entertaining ride for its two seasons. Thankfully, what followed were more entertaining anthologies that eventually gave rise to recent fare like The ABC’s of Death and V/H/S, both of which have subsequently gotten the green light for sequels. Hoping to replicate the success that Showtime had with Masters of Horror, NBCUniversal’s 24-hour specialty channel Chiller recently debuted the original movie Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear. Despite featuring a mix of directors like Eric England, Nick Everhart and Emily Hagins, this anthology aims high, but doesn’t quite hit the mark.
First up is Smell, directed by Nick Everhart. Smell has Corey Scott Rutledge as Seth, a guy whose life kind of stinks (no pun intended). Work sucks, he misses his ex and his confidence is in the crapper. One day a strange woman shows up at his door selling a cologne that she says will turn things around for him, so long as he doesn’t use too much of it. Soon after trying it, Seth’s life takes a turn for the better, including a promotion and adoration. Unfortunately, Seth doesn’t follow the directions, and the cologne’s side effects kick in. Despite some humourous moments from Rutledge and a twist at the end, the short is pretty predictable. Nevertheless, any time you get reminded of Rob Bottin’s makeup from Robocop, it’s worth a view for that alone.
Following Smell is See, directed by Miko Hughes. Yes, that Miko Hughes from Pet Semetary and Spawn fame. The short concerns an optometrist named Dr. Tom (Ted Yudain) who has a habit of stealing memories from from his patients through their eyes and collecting them in liquid form. Dr. Tom is then able to relive these memories by taking the liquid drops in each eye. Dr. Tom learns that one of his favorite patients is being abused by her boyfriend. In retaliation, Dr. Tom sprays the boyfriend’s eyes with bad memories. Unfortunately, things backfire and people end up quite dead. Despite some gory eye trauma and an appearance by former pro wrestler Ox Baker, the short is hampered by some rather goofy CG effects and some rather hammy acting by the boyfriend played by Lowell Byers. Overall, it’s nothing too earth-shattering.
I’m not sure if the next entry, Touch, can be seen as being a sign of bigger things or just an idea that’s half-baked. Directed by 20-year-old Emily Hagins (of Pathogen fame), the short involves a family of three geting into a car accident in a rural area. The parents are badly injured, so their blind son Henry goes for help. Henry eventually stumbles upon some abandoned buildings, and a killer who doesn’t like to be touched. Unfortunately, this short wasn’t great. The story drags in spite of it’s short runtime, and is generally a convoluted mess with things coming out of left field for story’s sake (where did the killer get firecrackers?) and generally nonsensical.
In Eric England’s Taste, Aaron is a hacker who is picked up by a limo and driven to a sprawling corporate campus. In spite of not knowing why he’s there, all the secretary can tell him is that Lacey Sharp, a head hunter for a company called Watershed, wants to interview him. At the interview, Aaron is presented an offer to lead a project and work with two teams to recover a “treatment”. Unfortunately for Aaron, he declines the offer. What follows involves some unique headgear and a lot of red stuff. Starting out as being a bit of a mystery, Taste ends with a bang of black humour and the next candidate.
Finally, in Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s Listen, we have a found footage motif that involves two guys hired to document and piece together a song that once completed, kills people. Again, the sense of mystery about the whole thing is what drives this short, along with the increased tension being given off by the two filmmakers as they realize just what they’ve gotten themselves into. Plus there’s a part about purposely rupturing eardrums that made me wince, as well as reactions from test subjects once they’re forced to listen to the song in its entirety.
Overall, the anthology’s weakest segments (the first three) really don’t make the entire package worthwhile. Between Smell and See‘s run-of-the-mill predictability and the mess that is Touch, you could literally watch Taste and Listen by themselves and get more out of those than you could watching the entire anthology. It’s a shame, since there’s an overarching theme that was kind of a nice twist when it was revealed. But for that to really get through, you’d have to sit though the first three segments, which threaten to ruin the experience before you get to the last two. Hopefully Chiller tries again, but next time gets more consistency from all of it’s participants.
Halloween is still so very far away, but that’s not going to keep me from craving the warm glow of jack o’ lanterns, the excitement of going to a new haunted house, and that amazing crisp autumn air. Michael Dougherty’s horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat is, in my humble opinion, the best movie to watch on Halloween. It managed to dethrone A Nightmare Before Christmas, though by “dethrone” I mean my annual viewing of Tim Burton’s classic has been moved to October 30 so I can make the 31st all about Trick ‘r Treat.
It’s an amazing film that perfectly captures everything I love about Halloween, so when I stumbled across this Sam cosplay, I just had to share it with you. It’s incredible.
Back in 2006 (republished in 2008) we brought you the first ever review of Michael Dougherty’s awesome horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat, which eventually was put directly to home video as Warner Bros. failed to get behind it. Since then, the film starring Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker and Leslie Bibb has become a cult classic. It kills it every Halloween, and has become an annual treat for horror fans.
Whether or not Warners or Legendary Pictures will openly admit it, Trick ‘r Treat is a monster success, and should be a franchise. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not open to the idea. Nor does it mean that Dougherty has strong desires to make one.
It was reported out of the New York Comic-Con this past weekend that Dougherty wad trying to convince Legendary to allow him to make a sequel. We checked in with the artist/screenwriter-turned-director to see what he had in store for Sam and co. READ MORE
Halloween is supposed to be a night for celebrating the darker sides of human nature. But just like with Christmas, it’s original meaning has been adulterated by consumerism. Instead of worrying about demons and zombies, we now spend Halloween collecting buckets of candy and/or ogling sexy maids/nurses/teachers/adult babies.
Let’s bring the focus back on what Halloween’s really about: Death. While you’re out trick or treating this year, keep these wonderful Halloween-themed threats in mind. READ MORE
We have heard your cries! MANY of you felt that the The Ultimate Horror Challenge wasn’t comprehensive enough! So we included an additional 20 films that round it out a bit more. Many of these are from your suggestions! But this still isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. And it still doesn’t contain every major work of every horror auteur (there’s still no John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left).
The next update will be the Ultimate Horror Challenge: Final Edition – where we take your best new suggestions and use them to get up to 101 films that every horror fan should see! So in addition to your ranking, let us know which films should make the cut! Should newer fan favorites like Frozen or The Devil’s Rejects be included? Should we go back and pick up a few more old-school slashers? You’re shaping the Final 20! Discuss and vote and I’ll tally it up!
There are now 81 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into!
1-10 Points: Soccer Mom
11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous
21-30 Points: Casual Fan
31-40 Points: Enthusiast
41-50 Points: Hardcore
51-60 Points: Unstable
61-70 Points: Need Meds
71-80 Points: Psychopath
81 Points: Special Circle Of Hell
Head inside to take the challenge! The films are listed in no particular order. This is NOT a ranking! READ MORE
A special Halloween treat will be releasing tomorrow (10/29) courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse’s Mondo. From artist Drew Millward comes an extremely limited poster for Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat! The full details on this stunning one sheet can be found inside. Keep your eyes peeled to follow @MondoNews for the “on sale now” announcement. You’re going to wanna move fast as it WILL sell out.
I just want to wish all the readers a safe and happy Halloween, but I thought I would suggest the best holiday reading to get you in the mood tonight. Wildstorm’s comic adaptation of Trick ‘R Treat. You can check my review of Trick ‘R Treat, which pretty much says that it infuses the best part of Halloween with fun chills and scares. The story revolves around the acts of going door to door for candy and the people it surrounds. Also more knowledgeable readers will know this is also a movie and I believe it to be a facsimile of the movie, which I never want to see because of my deep love for this comic. What are you reading/doing this Halloween?
We’re a day away from October and I’m sure most of you are sick of Halloween stuff already. Stores and people shove merchandise, costumes, and candy down our collective throats. What is this season really about? Why scaring you to your core of course! Wildstorm’s adaption of the Trick ‘R Treat movie is made tactfully and beautifully to make it the comic to get this season! Full review after the break.
I know this is going to sound like a backhanded compliment, but I really didn’t expect Michael Dougherty’s TRICK ‘R TREAT to be as good as it was. Not only was this Dougherty’s feature directorial debut, but it’s a film that tells four different stories intermingled into one… for most this would mean instant disaster, for Dougherty it means instant cult classic.
TREAT takes place in an unnamed town during All Hallows Eve (Halloween) where four groups of people all have their own unique, yet terrifying story to tell. One follows Dylan Baker and his son who have too much fun with trick or treaters; then Anna Paquin and her friends lour a bunch of guys to the forest for a night of partying; all the while a group of kids are taking pumpkins to the site of a bus crash where the spirits of the dead are said to be haunting; lastly, an old-bitter man gets visited by a costumed boy who teaches him the seriousness of the holiday.
Dougherty has been trying to get this film off of his artwork and into theaters for a long, long time now… it was worth the wait. The best way to describe TRICK ‘R TREAT is that it reminds me of a live-action NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, or a film that takes place in the same world. The character designs are colorful, unique and completely unnerving, especially the final ‘creature’ who torments the old man. The gorgeous set design only added to the atmosphere of the film, really bringing this artists vision to life. Welcome to Michael Dougherty’s world.
Dougherty’s screenplay was extremely well written as the conversations were realistic and there wasn’t a single taste of cheese to be found… it was all sweet as sugar. Not only was he able to mingle together four intricate stories into one feature film (without breaking into segments like CREEPSHOW), but he also threw in homage after homage to some of our favorite old-school horror films (EVIL DEAD 2, THE THING). The only flaw was that this film was extremely ambitious, a tad overwhelming and confusing at early points in the film – but once things began to flow it was all cherry from then on out.
The film ends extremely strong and I could hear the audience really soaking it in; they were screaming, laughing, jumping, chattering and hooting as the final scenario unfolds. The audience is very representational of what type of film this truly is… in short, TRICK ‘R TREAT is F-U-N. It’s a trip back to the ‘80s when the goal was to excite and entertain, not torment you. Dougherty’s film is the type of movie you can bring anyone to, whether it’s a date or your kid. It’s not overly violent or too funny, it’s as Goldie Locks says “just right!” This is the type of film that will ensure you forget about all your worries and will captivate you until the very end (maybe even bring back the spirit of the holiday, which feels long lost).
With all sorts of uber-violent movies hitting theaters every October, this is the next MONSTER HOUSE, the horror film made for every single person who enjoys going to the cinema. And don’t count on seeing it only once, you’ll find yourself watching sucker until the day you die.