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One of the actors from THE SIGNAL endorses the AICN screening of TRICK R TREAT!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... It's just sad that this film isn't here, right now, nationwide. The world is hungry for a great HALLOWEEN movie - and that doesn't mean another Michael Myers flick, it certainly doesn't need another puppet torture porn flick... But a PULP FICTION-esque story set in the world and atmosphere of Halloween itself. A film about the rules of Halloween, about the joy, the frights and the fun of Halloween... both the tricks and the treats of this great friggin holiday. It is a foolish waste of potential to simply release this straight to DVD. This film deserves and screams to be released in theaters. To squander that opportunity would be a shame. Warners has missed this October, but if they work now - they could hatch a release in March - with a DVD campaign for next October - That's what to do, right? What'd you other readers think that saw it tonight? Write in to Moriarty and I and let us know...

Hey bud! Hope you're well. Just got home from Mann's Chinese theater in Hollywood where Moriarty was good enough to help provide a screening of Trick r Treat along with Legendary Pictures. The turnout was retardedly massive, I think they ended up herding people into 3 different screens. I was rocking it solo, my wife bailed since she's got to work very early. I subject her to countless hours of horror films every week so I couldn't complain. Michael Dougherty, the director, introduced the film and Legendary tossed out some t-shirts. One of which I caught and, after trying it on once I returned home, realized they were specifically made for 10 year old girls. No sweat. Not my reason for being there. I was there to see this effing movie. Finally! I was not disappointed. This movie is the best Halloween film in 30 years. It encapsulates the nostalgia, the smell, the shivers of a chilly Hallow's eve I grew up with when friends went door to door without fear or a curfew. It's everything Halloween III and Creepshow III should have been. The scares are there, the comedy works well, and the running time is perfect. Nothing can touch Carpenter's original, but this is definitely in my top 3 Halloween night movie roster. I like hanging at home, putting on scary flicks and rewarding young ones with awesome candy and goods when they brave my doorstep. Carpenter's Halloween, '78. Exorcist III and now, Trick r Treat. This isn't really a review, I'm sure you've got plenty of people writing in with those. This is just one more endorsement for a fantastic film, for horror fans, by a horror fan. I really wish this would have been released this October, it would have found it's audience. Thanks to Drew and Legendary for this very very sweet treat! Scott Poythress
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  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    Exorcist III?

    by Mister McClane

    I sooo want to see this film, and it's a crime the way it's been treated so far. But Scott, Exorcist III over The Exorcist? Have you taken too much candy? Are you writing this at gunpoint? Do you have the devil inside of ya?

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Halloween agreed.Exorcist 3 Yeah right.

    by Redfive!

    More like Carpenters Halloween and Creepshow 2.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Warner are Idiots for not releasing this.

    by Redfive!

    Just wanted to say that too.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    The laughs were there?

    by Kirbymanly

    Maybe you were in another theater or something but I only heard mild laughter maybe three times at the most. There wasn't much audience reaction besides clapping after the (not to give anything away) the cool "Sweet Dreams" scene. Honestly, I wanted to love this movie because films with this tone have been abscent for some time...but I just didn't. There are definately some great things going for it: 1) Atmosphere 2)Good practical effects and make up 3) Decent acting 4)Great cinematography. But the thing that killed it for me were the actual stories. They never quite went anywhere interesting and were all things we had either seen many times before or you could guess what was coming next from a mile away. If it wasn't for the time-editing, this would be glaringly apparent... which makes me think that it was done on purpose to make the stories seem more interesting than they actually were. I think it is definately a good first film and has a few fun moments but that's about it.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    SG tomorrow...?

    by NeilF

    Another AICN member of staff gets their BJ as payment...

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Quint is slackin'

    by macheesmo3

    I wait up , usually , for an extra hour or soe to read Quints AMAD, and that weasel hasn't posted it yet ! Drunk people of the world ,UNITE!!!

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Drew!

    by barneyshouldbeputdown

    It was a great time. A fun film, great for the season. It really deserves a wide release with a good push.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    The laughs WERE there-

    by Gil Brooks

    -in all the right places. It's not a comedy, so of course it wasn't a yuck-a-minute. Tonight was my second time seeing it, and it just keeps getting better, esp. with an audience. Take it as just a fun horror movie, and nothing else. Now, time for bed. Snore.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Life's no fun without a good scare...

    by Infinite Regress

    Wow....Harry you're right on the money when you say this is the film Halloween III should have been (and probably would have been if the great Nigel Kneale's script hadn't been tampered with.) The thing with anthology films is that they often have maybe one or two strong tales (which are saved for the end) with a couple of weaker ones along for the ride. Not so in this case. They were all terrific, but in different ways. One thing that united them is a feel for the old EC horror comics, much more so than in Creepshow or even Tales from the Crypt. The film was a delight, and oddly sweet is a perverse way. I can't for the life of me see what the hold up is with a release. I'm sure this thing would sell itself. Plus Warners really do have a horror icon in the making with little Sam - when those emo kids tire of Jack Skellington, he's the perfect replacement. Moriarty, thank you so much for organizing this even. This will be my first US Halloween (it's not such a big deal back home in the UK) and I'm truly in the spirit now. I also managed to get one of those beautiful freebie art books at the event. The only frustration is that I can't go back with friends to see this at a multiplex this weekend.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST


    by deanbarry

    Means it will be in hot our hot little hands quicker. I'm all for that :)

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Um, Harry!?

    by ugh

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Um, Harry!? 2 things

    by ugh

    "Warners has missed this October, but if they work now - they could hatch a release in March - with a DVD campaign for next October - That's what to do, right?" 1) This is the SECOND October that WB overlooked. 2) In March '09, there is this little movie that WB is releasing called "Watchmen". Maybe you've heard of it?

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Exorcist 3.

    by jenkis

    Awesome movie. Scary as shit.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Halloween 3 WAS great, actualy

    by chien_sale

    But i have to see Trick And Threat!

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I belong to the Halloween 3 Apologist Club

    by Dr Gregory House

    Tom Atkins is a pimp. Dude gets more tail in Carpenter movies than a toilet seat. Dan O'Herlihy is a great madman. One of the best endings in movie history, IMHO. The flick deserves more love.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Exorcist 3 fucking rules!

    by DerLanghaarige

    I think we can all agree that #1 is the better movie overall, but #3 is just the perfect Halloween movie.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Halloween 3

    by r3write

    did anyone notice anything familiar on the opening credits for those who saw "Trick r Treat"? it flashed right by, but i could've sworn it hit me like a subliminal message

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Great film.

    by Nordling

    Brian Cox gets one of THE greatest horror lines in movie history.<P>Really want to see this again. Hopefully Warners will reconsider.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    About the reaction

    by Frank Cross

    From the screening I was in - it got a great, public reaction. The Sweet Dreams sequence was greeted with applause and Dylan Baker's stuff was timed perfectly, setting the tone. Thing people have to realize, is that last night was about the Horror Community, and the Talkback community, coming to sniff out this movie we've been reading about. Now, if the Talkback community is giving the seal of approval, wait until this movie is released to a unknowing general audience. When Sam finally goes on the offensive in the third act, that is when the ladies will scream. I promise you. When he comes out from under that bed, screams will show up from people who had no idea what this film was packing.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    So sad...

    by Rando Calrisian

    I was really looking forward to this flick this year. But a March release of a Halloween movie is just kind of a bad idea to me. Surely it can't be too difficult to market a film called Trick R Treak for Halloween. Why bother dumping it in March? Yes, I want to see it - but If Warner Bros actually wants to make money off of this film, releasing it in October will yield them the most return for their 3 year old investment. <br> <br> I'm just amazed at how WB dropped the ball with this film. Maybe their plan is to hold a couple screenings each year until the public is really aware of it and it has a cult status before being released. <br> <br> And Harry... where was the Austin screening of TRT this year??? Can you rush a late night Halloween screning? Your people want to see this on Halloween night at the Alamo!

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    C'mon Warners

    by tlsonata

    This is absolutely fucking ridiculous that you won't release this film into theaters for Halloween. Your loss.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Speaking of signals and scary shit

    by I Dunno

    Because of eevryone raving about it and the graphic on this site, I rented Prince of Darkness and it fucking sucked. Beyond the two Chinamen from Big Trouble being able to curse, and the really fucked up chick towards the end, I didn't see anything to it. Maybe if I saw it as a kid.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Huge Thanks to Moriarty

    by choonie

    Thanks So Much again for the screening. This Movie deserves to be out in theaters Right Now. Its such a Great Halloween movie. It's really sad this film isn't getting the push it deserves.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    The Signal

    by Johnny Smith

    was a seriously awesome and seriously fucked-up piece of cinema.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Exorcist 3 is great..

    by Hellboy

    ..and Trick R Treat, an amazingly great, fun movie and future horror classic, is doomed to cult status because of WB's douchebaggery.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    SAW V

    by DeweyOxburger

    I Heard it's real tight - gotta see it today - SAW MOVIES ARE THE GREATEST HALLOWEEN MOVIES. PERIOD. Now lemme go rush a frat and watch 'Torque'....yeah, fuck SAW and everything that looks like SAW...Silver Shamrock 4 life.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Saw is like the opposite of horror

    by I Dunno

    Horror is ghosts and demons and fighting masked assholes with knives. The Saw movies are people waking up tied to Rube-Goldberg devices. Gory, sometimes. Vaguely clever, rarely but never scary.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I saw THE SIGNAL based on reiews on THIS SITE, and...

    by uberman

    it was so bad I stopped waching. So if this is an endorsement, I tend to be just a tad sceptical.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Just rewatched Excorcist III & loved it!

    by jah_kingdom

    I think it holds up real well and its creepy as hell.