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The Best Halloween Movie You Won't See This Month: TRICK R TREAT!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... It is outrageous that Warner Brothers never got it together to release a FINISHED film - that even a Weinstein could open in October - that has an amazing one sheet ready for release - and trailers that are screaming to be cut. The friggin' title is the catch phrase - and the line, "THIS HALLOWEEN - WILL YOU TRICK R TREAT?" "WHY SAW, WHEN YOU CAN TRICK R TREAT?" Horror fans, when they see the film, dig the hell out of it. And SIDESHOW is already selling the toys, Mask companies have the costumes and masks... WHY DO THEATERS NOT HAVE THIS MOVIE? The market is STARVING for Horror, the sad thing is... This film would make a mint on its investment in the month of Halloween, due to the title and the visage of the main evil tyke thing. Well... If we're going to see it, I suppose we'll have to wait till October 2009 now. Release willing! You should also check this review out!

I just got out of a screening of Mike Dougherty's film "Trick R Treat", presented by Fangoria, and the director asked us to try and hype the film up and get the word out so that maybe Warner Brothers would think about releasing it wide. Now I absolutely loved the film, but I can see how they would have trouble advertising for it - it really jumped back and forth between dark, dark, dark, dark, comedy and gory, bloody, creepy horror. It was a fantastic independent horror film with a tone similar to that of Creepshow or Tales From the Crypt. It easily combined elements of black comedy and fantasy, but kept the gore and creep factors there for the horror fans. Plotwise, the movie was an anthology - it followed four groups of people in a small Ohio town on Halloween night. You had Anna Paquin's character Laurie, the nerdy virgin, and her slutty sister trying to get to a party somewhere in the woods. I don't want to spoil it, but I loved the twist in that plot line! There was another plotline about 4 kids and how they torture the "outcast" girl. The third plotline followed Dylan Baker's character, who was a homocidal principal. The last 15 to 20 minutes focused on Brian Cox's character - the creepy old man that hates Halloween because of a secret in his past. The film jumped back and forth chronologically, but it was very smart and engaging and easily kept my attention even thought I had to stand the entire time because they overbooked the theater. The Dylan Baker scenes were pretty hilarious and got a lot of laughs. He played it really over the top, without overselling it. And that creepy kid/monster with the burlap sack on it's head skeeved me right the hell out! On a side note, James Marsden was there, and I stood next to him the whole time, which was pretty cool, him being Cyclops and all. Also, when asked what he was currently working on, Mike Dougherty said he was working on a series for Warner Bros called "Bitches" and it's about 4 female werewolves in New York City. Brilliant! Like Sex and the City, but good. If you post this, could you please print my name as Dr. Oscar McPony
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  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    I was just looking for this on Amazon!

    by sonnyfern

    I had no idea what was going on with it! Good timing there guys. And yeah...the posters that have been coming out are completely cool. The kid is awesome looking.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Mike Dougherty must have really

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    pissed off someone at Warner Bros for them to completely throw out a 12 Million+ film. Ouch.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST

    i wait

    by mattforce7

    i wait in agony!!!!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST

    I looked over and saw Kurt Russel laughing

    by Han Cholo

    So this movie should get a wide release.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    I saw a screening for this over a year ago

    by Scarecrowruinme

    and I loved it, and was expecting it to be released that same year. It's a shame it hasnt yet though.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by KnightShift

    This was the last film of BNAT 9, and I've been telling people ever since that "next Halloween, there's a really sweet movie you gotta check out!" Folks have been stoked to see this. I've been looking forward to seeing it again too. It's a terrific franchise just waiting to get started and Mike Dougherty poured his heart into it. And it's positively corporate INSANITY to not release it already.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST

    WB was even debating wether or not to even release it on DVD

    by Mike_D

    those fuckers.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    it seems like

    by Bloo

    I've been hearing about this movie for 2 years now, can't belive it's still not been released

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Trick'R'Treat rocks!

    by TheNorthlander

    Remember it from BNAT last year. Loved it, totally.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 5:38 a.m. CST

    also, "Like Sex and the City, but good."

    by TheNorthlander

    Funny because it's true.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST


    by ivehadsex

    Everyone I know asks about "that trailer in front of the 300 DVD" and I have to inform them that somewhere there is a group of idiots that don't think we want to see it.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    someone needs to start kicking

    by palewook

    suits at WB in the nutz. <p> this is pure ass that T'R'T still hasn't been released. <p> and fuck saw7 or whatever that pos is up to. see [REC] or quarantine instead.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    There's always Trick or Treat

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    with Gene Simmons, and that kid from Family Ties.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    someone water that plant!

    by BatPsycho

    you had me till "bitches"

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    DECEMBER 25th

    by Mace Tofu

    Isn't that a day when studios like to dump a horror flick on us lately ?

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I wonder what did happen though?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    I'm sure it's all related back to Superman Returns. Did some studio executive find out that Dougherty was spending all his time on the Trick R Treat film instead of SR and decided to punish him? Or did he badmouth some suit after SR didn't do a Dark Knight? Maybe he signed a contract that demanded a theatrical release and refused to back down when they wanted to go direct to dvd with it? Any rumours?

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    "Like sex and the city, but good"

    by Marxeffect


  • Oct. 14, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Dougherty vs the evil gaylords of Warner Bros.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Something twisted and gay has gone down here folks. I'd be very surprised even someone in Warner Bros has a grudge against Dougherty - maybe Dougherty refused to blow him at a part, who know - point is people are asking a lot of questions about this movie and are DEMANDING answers. It doesn't help that Dougherty hasn't said much at all, but it looks like something 'personal' is behind all this. Someone needs to get this shit sorted as this film should have been released AGES ago - and should have been on most people's DVD / Blu Ray shelves by now. Seriously, WARNER BROS AND DOUGHERTY, BURY THE HATCHET AND RELESE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    The Making of Trick R treat book is already out

    by Jack Burton

    I saw this book this weekend at Barnes & Noble, prominently displayed: It made me think we were finally getting the movie. Seriously WB, WTF? I'm not sure I've ever seen a lavish making-of book for a movie that has no release date. But the book was very cool and based on the screen shots and concept drawing looks freaking awesome.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    lol Sounds like Goosebumps with a budget

    by killianx

    R L Stine should sue!

  • Yet The Film-Makers of TRICK R TREAT. Obviously Tried to Create a High QUALITY Horror Motion Picture. and it goes Direct to DVD. Where is the JUSTICE?!?!?!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Umm... The trailer is out.

    by JethroBodine

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    This movie is so awesome

    by John Maddening

    It was one of the best movies of BNAT, and I've been hoping to watch it again with my horror fan friends! Dammit!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Please Support TRICK R TREAT!!!

    by Ines5

    And send a Message to Hollywood that WE want Artistic and Impressive Horror Films Again!!!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    In case...

    by 3rdrate

    In case any movie execs make it to the talksbacks, I've been dying to see this movie since I heard about it over a year ago, and was pissed I couldn't make it to this special screening (sold out - that's how high the interest is). People LOVE seeing scary movies in October, and you're sitting on a gold mine.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by Redfive!

    Its produced by Warner Brothers.That being said THERE IDIOTS.This looks like Creepshow Meets The Nightmare Before Christmas and now that SAW is officialy DEAD with part 5,I mean come on this is a no brainer Warners needs to release this,it looks great.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    RE: Dick U Louse

    by The Boz

    This Halloween was wide open for the taking. The holiday itself is on a Friday, and this actually looks good. They could have opened small last week and then when it got huge per screen money, gone wide each following week. Or, just sit on it.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    There has to be a reason. Who did he piss off? This article is extremely frustrating. Someone should just get this damn movie on a torrent so people can see it already.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    where the hell is this movie already???

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Why isn't it out? I thought it was going to come out this Halloween, after all, isn't that why it was pushed back? It wouldn't be a hard sell. Comedy and Gore have come together a bunch of times. Just look at Shaun of the Dead for christ's sake!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    It opened Screamfest in LA last week

    by Jawa 007

    and it absolutely killed. Sure the crowd is loaded, but my friends and I are objective enough to know that outside of that, this is simply a good film. Quarantine opens at 15 million then there's room for this. Is WB really not releasing the movie because they can't market it? Maybe they should fire their marketing department for incompetence.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Well the trailer looks pretty good

    by BenBraddock

    I'd buy a ticket

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Seriously, WTF?

    by The Dum Guy

    I heard about this movie allllooonggg time ago, and have been wanting to see it. I thought for sure they'd have dumped it DTV by now (or release it this Halloween like I thought they said last Halloween).

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    How Can WB not figure out how to market it??

    by Rando Calrisian

    It's freakin Halloween in two weeks - you have a scary movie called Trick R Treat. Fuck - it's marketing is GIFTWRAPPED. <br> <br> I was bummed to hear this was being dumped. I mean why not even go the Midnight Meat Train route and put it in the cheapo theaters? <br> <br> I don't see how this movie would have NOT made money if it was released this week or next week. <br> <br> just more proof that movie execs haven't got a fucking clue. The movie's made the hard part is done. How does it even have a chance to earn money for you if you just sit on it? Idiots.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST

    The Anna Paquin omen?

    by cifra

    First Kenneth Lonnergan's "Margaret" - said to be, by some, Oscar #2 for Anna - and then this... two movies with Anna that can't find a proper release date. Too good for straight to DVD but hard sells for the studios. Sigh.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I was there last night, too...

    by DirkVega

    ...and the movie was a blast. The audience ate it up. Some great moments of dark comedy; one involving chocolate-blood vomit, and another a cat. Dylan Baker and Brian Cox -- both of whom have played child molesters -- were superb. The practical creature design for the Sam character was terrific. WB are absolute fucking morons for sitting on this. Had they released it this weekend instead of Body of Lies, it not only would have beaten Quarantine, but it would have slit Beverly Hills Chihuahua's throat.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by DirkVega

    It might be the Leslie Bibb omen, who's in both Midnight Meat Train and TRT...

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Geez...the cutt at BNAT last year

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    was definitely finished and profitable. I have no idea how this movie hasn't gotten a release date yet. It would make money. Perhaps lots of it.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    What an amazing trailer

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Fucking TRAGIC is what this is. Who is *responsible* for the non-release of this movie??? They should be out of a job. Period.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    What's the 'R' ?


    Anna Paquin is odd!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by HarryBlackPotter


  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting for this for so long

    by ranma627

    Fantastic trailer. I want my original horror. This is fucking ridiculous.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting for this for so long

    by ranma627

    Fantastic trailer. I want my original horror. This is fucking ridiculous.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Bibb was in Iron Man too

    by BitterMan23

    I believe that got a decent release and found a niche audience.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    This is just criminal.

    by Gelfin

    I am entirely shocked T'R'T has not made it to theaters this year. I have been looking forward to seeing it again since BNAT9, and I could not have imagined this would have happened. For my eleven bucks plus popcorn, that cut was ready to go ten months ago. I can sort of see how somebody could go crazy perfectionist in the editing room shuffling things around forever (in fact, no matter what the final result in theaters, this would be a great project for playing around with experimental amateur recuts), but it wouldn't have been necessary, and if there was a problem, I don't think it was that at all. I really think the problem is most likely that Warner just doesn't know what to make of this movie. It's scary, but it's also intensely fun. I haven't seen anything like it in years, maybe ever. It does have kind of that "Goosebumps with a budget" (@killianx) feel in a way, but no, it's actually scary too, and not without more mature themes here and there. Maybe more like Goosebumps grown up: Fun without being tediously corny, scary without being senselessly depraved. I utterly loved watching this as an adult on its own terms, but I can't help thinking how much I would also love to be a father with a 12-14 year old beside me in the theater for this movie. And there, I bet, is the problem. What you might not get with this movie is stoned frat boys sitting around the Sigma house afterward saying, "duuuuude, it was like, he was all *skwsh chonk thwash* and she was all AAAAA!" And I'd almost bet Warner is seeing that as The Audience for horror. In short, Warner can't figure out who the audience is and how to sell it. It's easier to sell another soulless revel in hand-tool-themed depravity than it is to risk taking a movie everybody would love, aiming it poorly and having nobody actually go see it to find out they love it. And if this is the case, they should be ashamed. This movie deserves the warm, sticky feel of your eyeballs upon it.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Maybe the suits are afraid of anthology flicks

    by skimn

    Have any made money? Even Creepshow only made 20 million even with Stephen King and George Romero attached.<p>At least release this to long can it sit on the shelf?

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    And how is this not released?

    by PornKing

    I'm already sold just from hearing what it's about. You never see movies like this anymore. WTF are they waiting for?

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Here's some horror...

    by kjl451

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by DirkVega

    Yeah, I'm aware of Iron Man. I pointed out Midnight Meat Train because it's another R-Rated horror film that got screwed. It was also a joke. And I keep seeing "anthology" thrown around, but this isn't a true anthology film. It's not four divided stories with bookends, but overlapping stories that play with time, a la Pulp Fiction, Go, and Amores Perros.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Intentional lowering of the bar...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...Ever feel like there is a conscious, concerted effort to get everyone used to remakes and sequels and lowbrow-concept garbage, also sequelized to infinity? Ever feel like the bar is being intentionally lowered, to minimize overhead and avoid struggles with "pesky" creative types? That the Hollywood money machine just keeps getting more and more efficient? Ever feel like a worthy movie is not being so much neglected as suppressed? And not for some Entourage-inspired party-blowjob-scenario reason either. No petty personal revenge...more...long-term planning. Ever feel like movies such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua or the SAW series are more of a socio-anthropological experiment than just bad ideas turned into movies? Market research? Does any other explanation for the Trick R Treatment of a long-finished, reportedly excellent AND "lucrative" movie make more sense than this one? Or should I be wearing a tinfoil hat?

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Duh, I know the marketing strategy

    by The Boz

    WB will just keep it on shelves for 10 years. Then after we've been talking about it every October for 10 years, they release it in theaters and it makes more than Titanic...!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    make money money make money money

    by The Boz

    Also, when has a studio made a horror movie with the idea of going after box office gold. Historically, they're smash and grab. So, release it and be done with it.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Chiller TV mentions...

    by WriteFromLeft

    ...that the Making-Of book is out, but Warners has not released the movie:

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I've been looking forward to this for years.


    If I have to wait until next October, so be it. But with a little effort, WB would have already made a tidy profit from this. It looks great... we haven't had a classy Halloween flick like this in a loooooong time.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Starving for Horror, eh?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Then why did The Ruins tank? This site pushed the shit out of that one (which I admittedly enjoy the hell out of) and it ran into the wall harder than Sandra Bullock, right alongside Mirrors, proving that A)This site *gasp* has no real pull in "the real world" and B) The horror market ain't as big as you might think.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Saw a screening of this...

    by TheWacoKid

    And it was actually pretty damn good. Hilarious at parts, and scary at others. VERY reminiscent of Tales from the Darkside. Scary moments, with lots of dark humor. Pretty good Halloween movie, much better the Saw movies.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I stated this elsewhere, but I seriously believe if The Godfather were to open now it would be a flop.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Is this the same Michael Doughtery of Superman Returns?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Not really asking for me, a co-worker grew up with him and was best friends with his sister.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Cyclops, The Lizard, Rogue and Stryker?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Is this officiall Marvel U continuity now? Lol!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Cyclops, The Lizard, Rogue and Stryker?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Is this officially Marvel U continuity now? Lol!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    The "minimize overhead" theory is squashed by Avatar

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Simple research will show you movies, even with the factor of inflation, are costlier now than they ever have been. This bizarre belief that the modern films are somehow "dumber" than movies of yore ignores the massive popularity of Smokey and the fuckin Bandit as well as the - what was it - 6? 7? Ernest goes to ___ movies. Dumbness in movies goes back as far as they go - the only thing is the bad movies of "back-in-the-day" slowly fade away until all you are left with is are the best and brightest. The argument of "movies as thrillride" goes all the way back to Jaws and Star Wars - gonna blame them? Hell - Id argue its been around ever since Cecil B DemIlle came up with the idea "bigger is better" in the late !910s. And I'll take the original Saw over 98% of "classic" horror movies - the "man in mask killing teenagers" was a fucking cliche by 1974.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    JUNO had Kitty Pride, J.J. Jameson and Elektra! What the hell, man!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    It's not scary, it's creepy.

    by Banshee7

    Saw this at Screamfest last Friday. It's a great looking, atmospheric film. It's more creepy than scary. But I think it's a perfect Halloween movie and it's a shame the idiots at WB are sitting on it.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    JackRabbit - The Ruins was mediocre

    by PornKing

    That's the only reason it tanked in my opinion. Drop off some idiots in the middle of nowhere, then have them sit around and die. Not much to thrill you beyond the initial concept. No twists/turns. In a word, boring. Trick R Treat at least looks like it has potential to be a fun horror movie.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Dea Warner Brothers

    by MetiphisLabs

    Just release it to DVD then if you're going to be assholes about it.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    An Excellent Review is at Dread

    by Ines5

    TRICK R TREAT Got 5 out of 5 Knives. The BEST Review a Film can Get! So Please READ IT

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Marsden can't act his way out of a paper bag.

    by Anna Valerious

    Sorry, just because you want to be called "James" now doesn't mean you're a better actor. I'll still remember him as the idiot from "Boogie's Diner", which also had Zack Ward. Anyhoo, I remember seeing the trailer and that whole Brian Cox plotline looked disturbing. As in, TV censors would allow that weird stuff that would scare children, but something as mundane as a navel or a married couple in a double bed was a no-no. I am disappointed, as I really wanted to see the story with Anna Paquin and the Vampires...although I could just catch something like that on HBO now.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Saw it at BNAT - it was awesome.

    by Some Dude

    Been telling people about it all year. Now I am the liar.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    What?! No "anaconda: the offspring" review yet?

    by TheBloop

    Damn, it sure looks good on that banner ad on top of this site. Come'on, the Hoff and cheap CGI snakes? How can that suck?

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I was supposed to go...

    by grendel69

    .. But had to cancel my trip at the last minute. Dammit!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Maybe WB shoud've released this

    by Samuel Fulmer

    and held back Body of Lies. That thing couldn't even beat the talking dog movie.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    So bring it out already!

    by subtlety


  • Oct. 14, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Why so long?

    by WolfmanNards

    Wasn't this ready to come out last year?

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    The Hoff fighting off CGI snakes armed only with cheeseburgers...yea, cheap gag.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Cry me a fucking river. This movie was no big deal...

    by BobaFetish

    Wah, wah, wah...Ya know, it's so predictable how things go on this site. First of all, this not an independent movie. Secondly, it was not that good. This is the same bullshit as that stupid Viking movie with Caveziel, Outlander; That movie was dreadful. DREADFUL. Let me say it again, so you understand me; DREAD FUCKING FUL! And all you stupid little fanboys do, is cry; Wah, wah, wah... Granted the studios don't always do the right thing but look people, we're in an industry where a fucking little dog in it's second week, beat out a Russell Crowe, Di Caprio movie directed by RIDLEY SCOTT. There's simply no way to predict or tell what will do good and what won't. The powers that be, throw darts at a board and see what sticks. Period. That's the way it's done. You want to know why they're not releasing this movie; It SUCKS. Superboy Doughtery can go bury his head in the sand. Lame.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Saw this at Screamfest last Friday

    by Veraxus

    Trick 'r Treat was a fucking fantastic movie... but I think it's pretty clear why Warner has been so skittish about releasing this. They kill a whole lot of little kids. Not just teens. Kids. Naughty kids, mostly - but I'm sure that breaks some kind of unspoken Hollywood taboo nonetheless. During the Q&A after the show, Dougherty admitted that he thought this was also probably the reason it hasn't been released. He confided that the studio was pushing hard for him to turn it into a typical teens-get-picked-off-one-by-one flick the entire time. I'm really, really fucking glad he didn't give in... except that noone else may ever get the chance to see this now.<br><br> As succinctly as possible - Trick 'r Treat feels like the kind of movie Stephen Kind might have made 25 years ago... if he had Tim Burton's artistic sensibilities and fascination with the morbid. It's like a hard-R Goonies-meets-Corpse Bride-meets-Poltergeist-meets-Amazing Stories-meets Scream. That's about as good as my description is going to get, because it's not scary-horror so much as fun-horror... if that makes sense.<br><br> And venturing into mild spoiler territory (stop reading now if you don't want any spoilers... not that you have a chance of seeing this ever), Trick 'r Treat has one of the most badass Werewolf transformation sequences of all time - second only to An American Werewolf in London. Really, though, all four of the anthology stories were fantastic... and the 100+ minute run time literally felt like 20 minutes (I can't even think of the last time I was so entertained that I lost track of time like that). If Warner manages to ever fucking grow a pair and release the film, I think they might find they have an amazing new franchise on their hands.<br><br> Here's a few other things we picked up at my screening: The kid with the sack-head is named Sam (Dougherty said there wasn't really a reason for this and Sam doesn't have a backstory - he felt that too much exposition makes for shitty horror). Currently, there are no plans to release the movie in any format anywhere at any time. There are no DVD or theatrical plans. Dougherty worried that, worst case scenario, it might become an annual underground film festival hit. There's also apparently a ton of merchandising deals that are now rotting on the vine on account of there now being merchandise but no movie (like the coffee table art book and the Sideshow Collectibles Sam figure... both of which were given away to lucky attendees at my screening). Had we seen a proper release, I don't doubt that Sam would have become just as much a horror icon as Freddy or Jason. Also, the Screamfest screening was the first time any of the cast had seen it on the big screen (now that's just sad). Oh, and Sam is played by a canadian kid that is literally like 3 feet tall.<br><br> Anyway, yes. The movie is fucking amazing and the fact that it's not getting released is a crime against anyone that loves movies. Doubly so when you consider the torture-porn anti-horror bullshit we're being fed these days. Oh, and "Daddy, I just need help with the eyes." *cringe*

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Addendum (very minor spoiler)

    by Veraxus

    About the killing kids... that includes a school bus full of chained up retards. The one with the paper bag costume is just fucked the fuck up. That is SO my costume this year.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros finally give an answer as to why no release!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    "Trick R Treat will be released...when Michael Doughtery and Bryan Singer pay us back the $350,000,000.00 dollars they pissed away for us on Superman Returns. When we get the money back, we'll release the film."

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Bobafetish-The least they can do is release to DVD

    by Lovecraftfan

    If it sucks so what. At least let us see it. Its just retarded.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    To hell with this, re-release, not re-make

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow, but put it on the big screen for October. Charge only $1 for admission, and you'll make a fortune.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    thanks for the plug Harry!

    by Frightreviews

    From one Armageddon fan to another, bless you. <br><br> BC,

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Most of the Talkbackers AGREE for Once!!

    by Ines5

    Warner Bros? Do You know just How Rarely most AICN Talkbackers ever come Together to Support ANYTHING???? Please Warner Bros Take a Hint!!!!!!

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    BrooseTheScharuk is 100% correct

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Whoever is holding back this movie, for whatever reason...I want their head on a fucking stick. A goddamn moron could make this movie turn a profit....fucking shit like Quarantine made 15 mill in ONE WEEKEND. Pussies at WB catering to teeny-boppers. Think back to the extreme horror that was released on a ROUTINE BASIS back in the early 80's....garbage, but extremely graphic. Now we have a movie that *might* offend a handful, so it doesn't get released. This whole situation is extremely obnoxious. :P

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Would love to see this.

    by mrfan

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    If you don't put it in the theatre then..

    by mrfan

    get this out on dvd.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    this movie was amazing... and i will tell you why

    by Brannagins Law

    It's all new. It feels like a modern Creepshow cut up Pulp Fiction style. Everything looks and smells of that wonderful holiday in this film. The laughs are genuine and not cheesey. And a new face in horror is born...Sam, and he's wonderful. A very well made character that you will only want to be seeing much more of after this. Thaks to mister spoiler above, yeah they kill kids. But so what. Isn't that when you become truly scared, when you see the director is not holding back or sticking to a safe formula. Which is frankly all these PG-13 horror movies from Hollywood are about, safe predictable formulas. As much as I'd like to, I won't go into details because you need to see this if you want something new but also surprisingly familiar in a horror movie. This movie is solid right down to the score. I wish it would release sooner than later, but it will be worth the wait... trust me.

  • Oct. 14, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Killing kids? The precedent has already been set.


    And Halloween III kicked all kinds of ass, and I'll defend that flick until I die. It just should have been called "Season of the Witch." The music and cinematography are fantastic and the plot is so fucked that you can't help but love it. Which means this movie HAS to be good, if it has at least something in common.

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Sammi Curr

    by skoolbus

    Sammi Curr will have his revenge on you all. There is only one Trick Or Treat.

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    McPONY: Huh...huh...Hey...James Marsden...

    by Cheif Brody

    Remember...remember when you played Cyclops in the mean...the X-Men movies? <p> MARSDEN: Um...yes...yes I do. <p> McPONY: Um...That was cool.

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Another October passes by and still no Trick R Treat.

    by HarryBlackPotter


  • Oct. 15, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Kid Idioteque

    by Veraxus

    Dougherty cited about a dozen precedents for killing kids right off the top of his head, but there's no accounting for studio stupidity. Just look at how Lionsgate is treating Repo! The Genetic Opera. In showbiz there's no fucking justice at all.

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    In this talkback, call me Dr Oscar McPlanty

    by ArcadianDS

    that would be awesome.

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    Is that rag still in existence? It functions only as press release, it's circulation consistently dwindles. At any rate, I've been awaiting the debut of TRICK R TREAT for more than one year. I thought the film was a shoo-in for this month. It's only competition would have been another SAW snoozefest! Jesus, it was produced on only a fraction of SPEED RACER's megabudget and would certainly draw $$$ (the HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL remake, negative reviews notwithstanding, minted serious revenue as a result of its Halloween engagement. It's not a good film but, for some nebulous reason, I'm hooked on that B-movie. One helluva cast, too). Bottom line: if a turd like BOOGEYMAN can somehow escape (and that gobbler actually made a big profit), why can't TRICK R TREAT find some visibility?

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Re: Bobafetish

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    First off, you don't come across as actually having seen the movie as you spend most of your time comparing it to a movie that it's not comparable to. Second, I wouldn't argue the movie is genius, but if you've seen it, it's virtually undeniable the movie would be profitable. It's finished. There is no need for a re-shoot. Anna Paquin's profile is arguably at an all time high because of True Blood. There's really no reason for the thing to not see the light of day. Unless of course you can specifically give reasons why the movie you apparently saw wasn't that great or even good.

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I want to see this now!

    by Saulofuentes

    There has to be a way to see this movie this year, there just gotta.

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Stephen Kind

    by Veraxus

    I meant Stephen Spielberg. Instead, I badly typo'd Stephen King. ;(

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Earthquake WestCoast

    I have the book and it was awesome! The look of the film captures the feel of halloween. And a BIG PLUS FOR ACTUALLY HAVING KIDS PLAY KIDS in the film! I'm tired of twenty somethings always playing teenagers in films! At least this film actually got real teenagers to play teens! Japan t.v. shows gets real teens to play teens all the time. How come Americans always hire 20 somethings? Oh well......

  • Oct. 15, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by Earthquake WestCoast

    ...LOOKS REALLY PRETTY IN THIS FILM! Too bad 'so and so' had to go and ..... whatshisname WB exec. Dam behind the scene crap!