HORRORATHON Film Review: Trick R Treat (2009)


Starring: Anna Paquin, Bryan Cox, and Dylan Baker

Directed by: Michael Doughterty

Reviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

There are many movies about the night of Halloween, some of them are party movies, some of them are animated specials. For the horror fan, your choices are huge, but many fail to muster the feelings of joy and terror that Halloween is known for. Well folks, here is the movie you were looking for.

Trick 'r Treat

Trick R Treat is an anthology horror film that takes place in a small town one Halloween night. All the stories are interconnected, and quite clever in execution,  so do your best to pay attention when viewing.

The stories include, what happens to a couple when they break the rules of Halloween, A school principle leading a sinister double life, a college virgin looking for her “first time”, a group of mean teens play a Halloween prank that goes too far, and a crochety old hermit meets his match with a certain trick or treater comes to visit.


The stories are all inter woven around one of my favorite horror movie icons. Sam. Isn’t he cute? I think I may dress up one of my kids as Sam some year. Don’t let his cuteness fool you, he’s a vicious little thing that punishes those who abuse Halloween traditions. He’s my hero. Look carefully throughout the movie, and you’ll see him almost everywhere.

Are all the stories strong? Some are, and some are not quite as good, but they all serve their purpose in dishing up Halloween surprises and goodies. Probably the sequence that has most people cut down the middle, is the story of Rhonda, and the mean group of kids that try to scare the hell out of her with a diabolical story, of a group of special needs/mentally unstable kids that the parents of town paid a bus driver to drown.


Many found the story to be too much, or too mean, or just uncomfortable. My opinion, the story serves it’s purpose and it’s very important to the pay off at the end. It’s a good creepy story that shows that some of the worst monsters you can think of, are parents who don’t understand their own children.

Trick 'r Treat

Final Score:


This movie is fantastic, and if it isn’t part of your yearly tradition, make this year the first time you and your friends experience some of the best balances of humor and horror you’ll see anywhere.

9 treats out of 10.

Scares: 7/10, mostly creepy surprises, but a few unsettling images, and decent jump scares keep you on your toes.

Gore: 8/10, candy with razor blades, a killer lollipop gag, guts, gore, vicious attacks, lots of blood spilt.

Beware! Guts, Gore, Vicious trick or treaters, zombies, werewolves, vampires, serial killers, twists and turns.

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