Halloween is almost here, and I’ve made sure I have my favorite Halloween movie ready to go for the spookiest night of the calendar year!
2007’s “Trick ‘r Treat” is a movie that I first watched on Netflix with three other friends back when Xbox Live allowed online players to watch Netflix movies together. My first thoughts…that was stupid and hard to follow. What I failed to recognize was a my lack of attention as I chattered with the group of players during the film. What threw me off then, despite my lack of attention, was the movie’s divided approach to telling a story.
Of course after I viewed it a second time I realized just how wrong I was. The movie instantly became my favorite Halloween movie and has been ever since. The “divided approach” as I referred to it, is actually quite clever and keeps the viewer interested. Instead of having us watch all of the boring “in between” scenes of one main character, we get to keep up with multiple main characters with different stories. There’s the school principle that kills people, the bus driver that killed a bus of “special” students, the kids who are looking for a scary story to frighten the weird girl, and a young woman who is making a night out of her “first time.” Oh! And how could I forget Sam, the cute little boy in the orange costume and bag mask centered in the top picture of this post or the picture below. Surely he isn’t out to hurt anyone, right?
Some of these characters interact with each other while some simply live their portion of the movie. I can only guess that the film’s aim was to please a broad scope of viewers through various classic halloween scares in a unique and modern motion picture. It certainly pleased my Halloween movie senses. So much in fact, that I really don’t have anything bad to say about it, which is something that doesn’t happen too often. In a similar sense to how I enjoy the 90’s feel to some of my favorite television shows and movies growing up, I highly praise this movie for it’s Halloween feel.
I like Halloween movies to actually make me think of Halloween. Take the actual “Halloween” franchise for example. It makes me think of halloween for obvious reasons. Other movies may fit the profile for October movie viewing fun, such as slashers and horror movies in general, but they don’t shed light on the actual Halloween holiday, and I feel that I can watch them anytime throughout the year. “Trick ‘r Treat” on the other hand, is a movie that I only watch during October, along with a few others that go well with this time of year.
I recommend this one to those of you looking for a good movie to watch this Halloween season, or Monstober as some call the month. I think you will find the characters interesting, the scenes pleasingly eerie, and the overall vibe satisfying. Don’t expect a bloodbath or overly used jump scares. Though both blood and jump scares are in the movie, they aren’t over done. I like my Halloween movies like I like my steak…Medium!
Total Abstract Rating: 90% Halloween is my favorite time of year, and this movie plays a role in that statement.
Thanks for reading! Written by Chris McBride, author of Abstracticality.