Friday, October 31, 2014


Every horrorhound's favorite month is upon us, and to celebrate, I'll be dishing out film recommendations for every day in October. I hope you enjoy the month with some good movies, even if they aren't ones I recommend!

Today's Pick: Trick 'r Treat (2007)

No film has captured everything that is the Halloween season more than Trick 'r Treat. The decorations, the costumes, the mischievous spirit, the fun but scary mood. Heck, the movie even gives the holiday a proper mascot with the adorable and horrific Sam. There's so much to love about this film, especially if you're looking for the perfect Halloween movie.

For starters, it's an anthology film, which is too rare these days (at least good ones). Horror anthologies always capture that idea of sitting around a campfire and telling spooky stories late at night. But, Trick 'r Treat does it better than most by making all the stories take place in the same world and timeline. These stories are interwoven into one enormous tale that spotlights numerous kinds of dark humor, thrills and fun times. It's kind of an amazing feat, and it gives the film tons of rewatchability.

There's also great and goofy performances from the likes of Dylan Baker and a heavily made-up Brian Cox. I also love that each of the stories manage to dole out a nice little lesson each time around. These aren't obvious morality tales, but they do provide more than just surface enjoyment.

It's also steeped in the idea of tradition and how we've lost the true meaning of Halloween as time has gone on. Much more than any Christmas movie, Trick 'r Treat taught me to keep Halloween in my heart all year round.

This deserves to be as prolific as something like A Christmas Story is for its holiday. Trick 'r Treat is everything you could want out of your Halloween viewing, so check your candy and give it a watch.

Tomorrow is... oh, I'm done! I actually made it this year! Huzzah! If there's any of you who have been following these, I thank you immensely. I hope you got to see some good films (or bad ones that you enjoyed anyways) and that you will join me again next year. Pleasant screams!

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