Trick `r Treat is easily one of the best horror movies I have seen in years. It's the kind of film that reminds you of how much fun horror movies can be and exactly why Halloween is such a great time of year.
Like Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie before it, Trick `r Treat is a series of scary stories, each one perfectly crafted and connected. In fact, much of the fun in Trick `r Treat is in the ways each story links up with the others.
The four stories touch upon nearly every Halloween and horror trope, from serial killers and zombies to pranks gone wrong and vampires, but the victims here are not punished for those traditional and dated infractions of drug use or premarital sex. Rather, the punishments come for not treating Halloween with the respect it deserves, for not taking joy in its traditions, and for taking cruel and unfair advantage of its simple, childlike sense of fun. The film harkens back and pays homage to the best of horror cinema while putting its own twist on those classic themes, often playing our expectations against us.
These expectations, of course, are unique to those of us who've fed on a steady diet of horror movies over many years--maybe decades--and Trick `r Treat is writer-director Michael Dougherty's gift to we members of that rarefied club. This is a movie that rewards you for being a fan of horror films; the sort of (all too) hidden gem that makes us feel sorry for those non genre fans who're missing out on such bloody, mean, dark, twisted fun.
I envy those horror lovers who haven't yet seen this movie. You're in for a real treat.