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UPDATED AGAIN! Ain’t It Cool And Legendary Pictures Invite You To A Special Pre-Halloween TRICK’R’TREAT Screening In Hollywood!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. UPDATE: WE ARE ADDING A SECOND SCREEN! This means I'm going back to the list to send out almost 200 more invites! If you haven't heard back yet, don't despair! Your invite may be on its way this Wednesday afternoon! We went waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over capacity in terms of how many of you responded. Way, way, way over. I'm very pleased to see the response, and I think it's going to be a huge rowdy crowd. Please... WEAR COSTUMES! We'll make it worth your time, and it'll only add to the atmosphere. I'll have more for you on the guest list very soon. Now back to the original article...

So there’s this film called TRICK’R’TREAT, written and directed by Mike Dougherty, that you may have heard about by now. It’s a creepy, funny, sexy little anthology film featuring four inter-related stories that all take place on Halloween night in a very strange small town. Harry recently ranted a bit about his frustration that the film won’t be playing theaters this year, due in part to the fact that when we showed it at BNAT last December, the response was very strong. Well, Legendary Pictures has been hearing how much you guys want to see the film, and even though there’s not a wide release scheduled for the movie (yet), they want to reward all of you good little ghouls and boils with a special screening exclusively for the readers of AICN. So how about joining me at the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Thursday, October 23rd? That’s right... we’re throwing a free screening of the film, and you’re invited. Writer/director Mike Dougherty’s going to be there, and he wants to judge a costume contest, so if you’re working on a kick-ass Halloween costume, make sure you wear it that night. There will be prizes. To get in, all you have to do is send me your name and the names of any guests you want to bring. You have to send the e-mail to my e-mail address, and you have to make sure the topic line of the e-mail is “I WANT TO TRICK OR TREAT”. If you don’t use that exact topic line, your e-mail won’t be included in the final guest list. It’s a very small price to ask. I want to make sure as many of you as possible can attend, so we’re starting the film at 8:30 to give you time to get out of work and make it to the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I often hear people complain that they can’t make a 7:00 or even 7:30 screening, so hopefully this means I’ll get to see even more of you than normal. And this is a HUGE theater, so there’s room for a lot of you to attend. That’s the way you should see this film… with lots and lots of people, so all the laughs and all the scares seem even bigger. I hope you’ll join us. It’s going to be a great night, and I want to thank Legendary for helping put this together. They really seem to love this movie, and I think when you get a look at it, you’re likely to agree.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Oct. 18, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Sounds great

    by PStar

    I'll be there!

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Damn Continent is too big to cross, even halfway.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I want to see this movie NOW

    by BeeDub

    I love Halloween, and it's friggin' ridiculous that it's taking the studio this long to release it.

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by lovecraftian

    Why do I have to be poor and Live in Chicagoland?!!!

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by Earthquake WestCoast

    Since Warners doesn't want to ever release this film, it wouldn't surprise me if some people take a camcorder and tape the film. They may feel justified in doing that since they figure it's the only way the film will get seen. Btw...I DON'T RECOMMEND anyone recording the movie illegaly. But, I could understand why you would do something like that. THE MOVIE LOOKS AWESOME! ESPECIALLY THE "GIRLS NIGHT OUT" SEGMENT WITH ANNA PAQUIN AND THOSE HOT GIRLS! Also, that little pumpkin kid is freaky.

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by Earthquake WestCoast

    Everyone should go buy the book on right now! It's extremly cool! And probably the closet we'll ever get to seeing anything on the film. :(

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I hate not being able to attend this kind of stuff...

    by sonnyfern

    I miss out on all kinda awesomeness...

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    OHHH, THAT movie whose trailer is on the '300' dvd.

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    Okay. So this movie is actually going to be released? Now would be a good time seeing as its almost Halloween and all. But I'm not really all that intelligent so I guess they could hold off until Halloween '09. Trick'R'Treat, my little bastards.

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by Corterville

    Why do none of these special evnts ever happen in Cincinnati?

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Bagheera

    feel you brother... have fun guys

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Mori, Hook A Brotha Up!

    by Derek Wildstarr

    Wilson i put you on the list too.

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    how about some love for the East Coast Talkbackers?


    i've been waiting for this movie to be released since i heard about it. i love everything related to Halloween, i'm obsessed with it. and it seems like whenever there's a AICN free screening, it's always either at the Alamo Drafthouse or somewhere on the West Coast. how long must i wait?

  • Oct. 18, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    i hate Kansas

    by Bloo

    I'm too far from Chiago, LA, NY, Austin. Anyone know of screenings in Denver/CO Springs

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Saw this at BNAT...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    and it was a crowd pleaser (even as the last film of the lineup). If I lived closer to L.A., I'd be there for sure.<p>There's absolutely no good reason that this film should languish away without be released theatrically.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    My e-mail is out, can't fucking wait

    by IndustryKiller!

    I've been waiting a long time to see a cool, different, non cynical drek horror film at Halloween time for years now. I was super pissed the studio buried this so Im stoked to get a chance to see it.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    A step in the right direction I guess, but a little half assed

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Warners need to get this out in as many theatres as possible. They also need to be releasing this film in Blu Ray BEFORE next fucking Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Truly amazing how a movie that gets great

    by CreasyBear

    word of mouth and looks fun and interesting has such an uphill climb, and yet we have Saw V, ___ Movie, etc. And before anyone mentions Snakes on a Plane, yeah, I know the AICN crowd is not a barometer for box office potential, but it's still weird that Trick r Treat can't get a release considering many of the awful movies that do.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Another fucking TEASE

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    What are they doing, showing this movie 300-400 people at a time? Just release the damn thing already!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    *NOT* "Cool news"

    by CarmillaVonDoom


  • Oct. 19, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I have

    by Optimus V

    never seen this trailer until this morning. I watched it like, 4 times in a row. It looks ridiculously amazing. I actually really feel what Dylan Baker's character is talking about, with all the Halloween traditions being broken. Kinda makes me sad that all anybody does on halloween anymore is have a party. I used to live in a neighboorhood that got really into Halloween when I was a kid. Bummer that it's turned into a commercial holiday for the candy companies.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Cool Trailer

    by Turd Furgeson

    So we can't get something obviously cool looking, that fans, critics and the studio all love released? Why exactly? We can't have originality but "SAW V" is in theaters 5 days from now.. Kind of a joke.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    can someone explain? and Optimus V

    by ranma627

    What's the reasoning behind all this. Have Legendary Pictures explained the situation. I want to see this movie so bad but I don't want it to be released away from the holiday. So, please, Legendary, get your shit together, people are dying to see some original horror, especially something with phenomenal word of mouth. Start advertising starting next July/August and release it in the first or second week of October. I understand the industry being cruel to Midnight Meat Train and Repo!: The Genetic Opera because those movies are hard to market but this is easy shit. People will eat something like this up. Optimus V, I completely agree with you. I love Halloween and all its traditions and it's sad that trick or treating isn't what it used to be, But I still do my best to celebrate. We decorate, we go to plenty of haunted houses and on Halloween day we seat outside, give out candy and I dress up and try to scare people. It's tons of fun. Halloween isn't about partying and everytime I get stuck having to go to a party on Halloween night, I hate it. Because I should be home with family and friends watching horror movies to cap off the season.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Ahhh... The "Serenity" release strategy

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    That's where this seems to be headed. Show it at special events and screenings all over the place, letting your core fans see it for free, then months and months later you finally release it and it makes no money, and you wonder why.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Have we found out....

    by medicinaluser

    Exactly who is pissed off higher up with the makers of this film to be treating it in the manner they have done thus far. <BR><BR> Will we even get a straight to Dvd of this or what?

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Mori, a question:

    by Kirbymanly

    How will we know if we made it onto the list or not? Will we get a reply e-mail or will you list the names here?

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I was going to ask the same thing...

    by Jimmy_73

    Also, do we need to put those quotation marks in the subject line? Small detail, but I really wanna go...

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    For those that get to see this...

    by mrfan

    I really envy you. I don't usually get excited about a movie. I figure it will be released when it does. I have been excited about this for some time. If not in the theatre then how about sending it to dvd.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by Optimus V

    Ranma, totally agree. The only reason I get less pissed about going to parties is because when I go to a Halloween party with my friends, it's less "party" more "Hey, let's go to somebody's house and watch as many horror movies as possible". We also usually take an intermission around 9-ish and go trick or treating for about 20 minutes (we're all high school/college, so we don't get weird looks..yet). Also proud to say that I still leave out jack-o-lanterns til midnight and still dress up (going as either Light Yagami or Stuntman Mike this year). Halloween is still a sacred night in my books.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    What I wouldn't give to be back in Los Angeles.

    by Psyclops

    They don't get exclusive screenings and events like this in North Carolina. Anyway, I'm hoping Warner Bros. will come to their senses and release this thing already, I've been waiting to see it since last year.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    people bitching about L.A. screenings....


    ....what the fuck...we barely get anything? Mori has just recently started organizing more events, thank Jesus. I would say its mostly Alamo and Chicago.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    hey wait a minute....

    by polyh3dron

    this isnt a remake... does not compute

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Chicago too, please

    by The Boz

    Capone, call those guys and get that print here after the CIFF. Also, if someone is really screwing the director why hasn't he made a torrent available. I will still buy it legit when it comes out, but would love to watch it this Halloween Holiday.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    How will we know if we got on?

    by Lovecraftfan

    Do respond to our e-mails or do you post the list here?

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Cool and all, but...

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    hasn't it been a hundred freakin' years since this was originally supposed to come out? I work at a Suncoast and we calls every damn day for this title. With no theatrical release strategy, they should've just dumped it straight to DVD to make some money for Halloween. Trick R Treat.

  • Oct. 19, 2008, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Mori will post a list of names soon Lovecraftfan...


  • Oct. 20, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Hey, Guys...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... I just walked in the door from London. I will be sorting the e-mails tomorrow and posting the list of people who are invited on Tuesday. So far, if you've e-mailed me, you're most likely in. The Chinese is gigantic. We've got over 400 seats available. I figure we'll hit capacity sometime tomorrow at the rate the e-mails are coming in, and it's going to be heaps of fun seeing all of you there.

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Man, those lucky SOBs in LA....

    by cineninja

    ....oh....wait a minute....Im one of them! Lookin forward to this as Im sick and tired of lame sequels and bad "Re-imaginings"

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I'm very suprised this hasn't leaked onto the net yet!?!


    Every other film does.

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    so no one involved in the production of this movie

    by snowtires

    thought to correct the name to Trick 'r Treat? The phrase isn't 'trick are treat,' there's no need for the second apostrophe.

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Need.... East Coast Showing...

    by subtlety

    DC area would be ideal. Or at least tell me some way I can see the thing without flying strait across the country!

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Man, I REALLY hope I make the guest list

    by American Hyena

    KNEW I should have checked the site earlier...

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    So finally I will get to meet the great Moriarty?

    by IndustryKiller!

    Worlds will collide

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by Ky-El

    This movie needs to be leaked. This is the 2nd year in a row I was disappointed to find out that it would AGAIN not be released nationally.

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Ky-El And Industry Killer

    by drew mcweeny

    Ky-El, I feel your pain, but piracy's not the answer, and I guarantee no one's going to be pirating the film at our screening on Thursday. <P>Industry Killer, that's up to you. Please feel free to say hi, man. I'm always happy to put names to faces.

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I've seen Moriarty!!!

    by JasonGrey

    Couple times... Used to work at Arclight but each time I saw you/him, he/you were talkin to some folks. Didn't want to bother the convo... :)

  • Oct. 20, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Are there ever any screenings in the DC area?

    by NeoMyers

    I read this site daily and contribute occasionally to talk-backs and I have never seen anything in the Washington, DC area. Is there any way to generate demand for something around here? Cause this movie looks pretty good and I can't be the only AICN reader that lives in the DC area.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    optimus V

    by ranma627

    Light Yagami. Very nice. I was going to dress up as Michael Phelps but that didn't work out. Being jobless sucks but at least I get to have Halloween off and watch horror movies everyday.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by subtlety

    hear hear!

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Any news on Calling All Robots?

    by TheButcher

    Any news on Calling All Robots?

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    lucky bastids



  • Oct. 21, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Tuesdays almost over...

    by cineninja

    ...has the list been published somewhere yet?

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 10 p.m. CST


    by Jonah Echo

    I don't live in the D.C. area, but living here in Baltimore, Im definitely close enough I'd high tail it down there to catch something like this. Yea, I'd be up for something in D.C.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    No trick, you're in for a treat.

    by Veraxus

    The movie is fucking fantastic. I keep telling people it's like the kind of movie Stephen Spielberg might have made 25 years ago if he wasn't shy about R-rated material. Shame it's not getting a wide release this year.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Still Sorting...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... it's ungodly how many people responded. Trying to get the list sorted right now. One thing that I want to be clear about... this is a screening for fans. We've got 400-something seats available, and we're giving over 400 of them away to AICN readers, not to VIPS or industry folks. Legendary and Mike Dougherty understand that there are people who want to see this and, at this particular moment, this is how we can make that happen. One screening at a time. Maybe I can talk to Capone about Chicago...

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... e-mails are being sent as names are going on the final list, and I've got about 250 more names I have to pull before I'm done...

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    For the Love of God Man!!

    by choonie

    I've been checking the site ALL DAY like a madman to see if I made the list. I have yet to receive the email! I wish me luck.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... everything's sent. And the story's updated. Read that if you're wondering if you're in.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by cineninja

    ...I thought I got in on this early but no email for me....meh

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Me too

    by choonie

    This really sucks ass

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I didn't get an email either....


    ...and I responded right when the story hit. Guess it was more random than that.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by tlsonata

    I thought I had sent my email out on Saturday night when this thing first popped up. Guess what was sitting in my outbox when I opened up outlook today...DAMN YOU HALLOWEEN GODS! If anyone has an extra seat available, let me know!! THANKS

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Didn't get an email either.

    by Psyclops

    I sent out my request for tickets about an hour after the article was published this weekend. Oh well, maybe next time. Have fun at the screening, guys.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST



    maybe no AICN people actually got in. Usually people post on the TB saying "FUCK YEAH-- I'M IN!!" by now.... <p> Maybe they're all PLANTS in the audience to raise hype!!

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by cineninja

    ...its a bunch of lurkers who have no intention of actually going...hmmmmmm

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    so did anyone here on AICN get in?


  • Oct. 22, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Derek Wildstarr

    Hows that DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD, satisfied?

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Mori, if you got an e-mail does it also count for guests...

    by IndustryKiller!

    that were listed in the e-mail? Or is it just one person per e-mail due to high demand? Just want to be clear.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    For those that got in......

    by second cousin of phartegod

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    For those that got in......

    by second cousin of phartegod

    Did you put the subject line I want to trick or treat in quotes or not? just trying to figure out why I didnt get an e-mail

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    second cousin of phartegod


    I did not put it in quotes. And I did not get an email.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Hold On...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... read the new update. We're trying to make room for even more of you. And, yes, IndustryKiller, if you got a confirmation e-mail, that was for everyone in the e-mail.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by Tidmore

    Where's the Austin Screening. I've been dying to see this movie for forever and of course as soon as I leave LA for "The Land of The Drafthouse," I miss this awesome screening.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    the only screening Austin is gonna get is.....


    TWILIGHT <P> hahahaha

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    If you can add more screens, why not more cities??!?

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><Br>There's obvious demand amongst your readers. Capone, get this thing to Chicago!!!!<br><br>

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    No dice for me i guess

    by Frightreviews

    *shakes fist*

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    i love your first post in the talk backs mori

    by bobaswart

    when you state "if you've emailed me by now your most likely in" what's up with that

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I wonder if some people are like, "Gimme 10 seats!"


    There should be a limit. At least a max of 4. But whatever. At the end of the day I understand Mori is putting this together. He can do whatever the fuck he wants.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    No, Danny...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... I'm not giving away blocks of ten tickets per person. <P>And sorry, bob, but I was in London when I posted the story, and my e-mail server didn't start kicking all the messages into my inbox until later. I'm going by timestamps when things were sent in. By 10:30 Saturday night, I had been sent almost 1000 e-mails. I'm trying to be as fair as possible, and at least we were able to add a second screen.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Also, Danny...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... I did a search of my e-mail box and I don't see any e-mail from your address. Did you send it from an e-mail other than the one you used to register for talkback?

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Dang I STILL didnt make it in

    by choonie

    Consider me distraught

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Trouble aside, thanks Mori

    by IndustryKiller!

    I, for one, am stoked. Was thinking just before this story hit how its a crime that there havent been any good Halloween related films out during the season and how I was dying to see this. Cheers.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... still sending confirmations out now. I'm scratching people off the list as soon as they say they can't make it and trying to fill every single seat I can, and I'm still filling the spillover screen. I'm close, though. Hopefully I'll be done within the hour.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Thanks Mori

    by choonie

    Much Appreciated!

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    "By 10:30 Saturday night..."

    by -guyinthebackrow

    "... I had been sent almost 1000 e-mails." I suppose then I will NOT be getting an invite considering I didn't email until Monday. Oh well. I guess I'll be catching this on DVD when it finally comes out.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by I am a machineee

    Will this be coming on on DVD FOR SURE this month? I can't make the screening, but I'd love a confirmation because the DVD seems like rumor at this point.