So I went to the LBCC this weekend with Tony. That’s the Long Beach Comic Con for those of you in who are asking. I will write a review on it later this week but one of the things we did see was a prescreening of the upcoming direct to DVD release of Trick R Treat.
Trick R Treat is your basic creep show of four interwoven horror tales that all take place on Halloween. The movie is directed by Michael Dougherty and based on his short film Season’s Greetings.
To be honest, I don’t have a lot to say about this movie. I didn’t particularly care for it. I will admit that it had a couple of really nice surprises that I didn’t see coming, and it had a couple of really creepy parts and characters, especially a school principle with a nasty habit, but at times I found myself getting a little bored with it.
Now I admit, I am not a big fan of horror movies and especially not your basic creep shows. I never watched them growing up (Yeah, I was always the scared kid.) and I never really got into them since them either. It’s just not a very good genre to me. That being said, I can appreciate a good one like Scream or The Ring etc. but Trick R Treat just live up to the genre.
Not a lot of star power in this one either, Tahmoh Penikett of Battlestar Galactica fame is touted on the cover but to be honest, he is hardly in it at all. The biggest name is Anna Paquin who plays a young women waiting for her “first time.” Of course, what that “first time” is isn’t quite what one would expect.
I will say one disturbing element of the movie is it’s constant use of violence towards children. Two of the tales revolve around very bad things happening to kids and it is a bit shocking.
Equally shocking was the fact that sitting directly behind me and Tony was this mother and father and their kid, who had to be around 8 or 9. We couldn’t believe they could possibly even consider letting their kid watch something like this, yet there he was, watching the movie and asking all sorts of innocent questions the entire time. (Like, “is he dead?” or “why did he stab that person?”) Poor kid is probably going to have serious issues when he gets older.
Granted this movie was a straight to DVD release so really what else can I expect, and for something that is a straight to DVD release, it was a lot better then I would have guessed, but the movie really never reached out and grabbed me. Which would have been a real scare.
I give it 2.5 Babbles.