Thursday, October 30, 2008
Now I haven't seen this movie yet, as most haven't considering it's not out, but I don't think i'd be able to sleep another night if I didn't at least briefly get in on the buzz for Trick 'r Treat, perhaps the most anticipated horror film ever. So here's a little backstory...
Trick 'r Treat is an anthology film, written and directed by X-Men 2 and Superman Returns scribe Michael Dougherty, that tells four different stories that take place within hours of each other one Halloween night and they're all tied together by Sam, a burlap sack wearing little boy/demon who appears in all of them. Here are the four stories, thanks to Wikipedia....
A terrifying principal (Dylan Baker) with a serial killer attitude teaches one neighbor the true meaning of Halloween, Laurie (True Blood's Anna Paquin), a young woman dressed as little red riding hood, is stalked by a mysterious hooded figure at a local Halloween Festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local urban legend of a school bus massacre; and a cantankerous old hermit (Brian Cox), is visited by a strange trick-or-treater (Sam) with a few bones to pick.
Now, check out the trailer...
Now all the positive buzz for this movie isn't coming solely from the trailers or the plot description. Most horror insiders have in fact seen the film. Ya see, it was made several years ago and was slated for release LAST Halloween. As in 2007. The studio ended up pushing it back and then pushing it back some more and now there's not even an official release date, but it looks like it will be out sometime in 2009 and may even go straight to dvd. Thousands upon thousands of terrible films are released every year in theatres, and this movie that most are hailing as one of the greatest horror movies of all time can't even get a spot?! Something's seriously wrong here. What's even more bizarre is that the studio, Warner Bros, was so keen on the movie that last year they put out t-shirts, masks, action figures, and all kinds of other goods which you can buy...but you cannot see the movie! So what's going on here?
Doughtery himself has stated two possibilites that are perhaps contributing to the movie not being released. 1, because WB doesn't know how to market an anthology film. And 2, because 14 children die by the time the credits roll. But the movie was already given the ok to shoot and WB was obviously heavily backing it at one point, so neither of those really explains anything.
As for the reviews from those who have layed eyes on it? Harry Knowles from Aint It Cool News called Trick 'r Treat the "best horror film i've seen since I was a kid." Alex Billington from firstshowing.net hailed it as "the only extraordinary horror movie i've truly ever loved." Mark Harris from about.com referred to it as "one of the best horror releases of the 21st century." Dread Central stated that they "cant imagine a single horror fan that won't fall head over heels in love with it." And Hatchet director Adam Green happily stated to Bloody Disgusting that it's "the best fucking movie i've probably ever seen." I've yet to hear a single review for this movie that hasn't been amazingly positive.
Write Warner Bros an e-mail, send them a letter, do whatever you gotta do. Let them know that you demand Trick 'r Treat and you demand it RIGHT NOW! On the BIG SCREEN! But don't be too demanding, state your thoughts in as eloquent and passionate a way as possible or else it'll fall on deaf ears. I don't know how much longer I can wait for this bad boy, so i'm busting my pen out as we speak.
Also, add director Mike Dougherty on MySpace and help spread the word. And while you're there, check out all the images and reviews and other exciting Trick 'r Treat related info he's got on there. I'll be keeping regular updates on the status of the film on here as they come in.
Happy (almost) Halloween!