There are so many Horror films to watch around All Hallow's Eve (see previous 27 entries) but so few of them actually have to do with or take place on Halloween!
John Carpenter's iconic and classic Halloween (our film from October 1st that kicked off this whole spooky shebang) is the obvious first one that comes to everyone's mind, followed closely by Ernest Scared Stupid and Hocus Pocus, of course (I'll let you decide if that's a trick or a treat). But there's another film from just two years ago that has become a bit of a cult and instant classic for the most haunted of holidays. That film is writer/director Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat (also known as "From the guy who wrote X2 and Superman Returns...")
In reality, the film was finished four years ago but just sat on the shelf collecting dust after Warner Bros. bailed on its 2007 Halloween-time theatrical release, later giving it the ole' doomed direct-to-DVD treatment. Which, if you've seen the Trick 'r Treat, you know is preposterous. Not only does it include a star-studded cast consisting of Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Leslie Bibb and more but it truly is a fantastic film to boot; a true throw back to old school interconnected anthology Horror films like Creepshow, The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt meets Goosebumps for grownups. But above all, it perfectly captures the spirit and the magic of the holiday.
Upon watching, it transports you back to what Halloween felt like as a kid, when the lines between the fantasy and the reality of the holiday were much more blurry. And for that, I love it dearly. The first time I saw Trick 'r Treat when it premiered at Fantastic Fest back in '09, it immediately became my favorite film to watch during this time of year to get me in the spirit of the Witching Season ... it's not Halloween in the Wallace house-hold until Trick 'r Treat is screened!
If you have not, in fact, seen the film, well now is as good a time as any. FEARnet - the all Horror-themed network that has also produced a number of further short form Trick 'r Treat adventures with Dougherty, is having a 24-hour marathon of the film on Halloween. And, well, it's currently on Netflix Instant, so you really have no excuse!
But, if you want to really see it in style, you should come out to I Heart Cinema's Monster Mash Pumpkin Bash at the Texas Theatre (presented by The Mixmaster) on Halloween where the film will be showing in the lobby paired with a 35MM print of Pumpkinhead in the theater, which happens to be yet another film featuring a pesky pumpkin-headed heroic villain. You can see a theme arising...
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The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown October 1: Halloween October 2: Antichrist October 3: Student Bodies October 4: Poltergeist October 5: Jaws October 6: Suspiria October 7: Scream October 8: The Fly October 9: Dead Alive October 10: Drag Me to Hell October 11: Se7en October 12: Rosemary's Baby October 13: Friday the 13th October 14: The Thing October 15: Audition October 16 and 17: The Exorcist and The Exorcist III October 18: The Omen October 19: Paranormal Activity October 20: Changeling October 21: Hellraiser October 22: 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later October 23: A Nightmare On Elm Street October 24: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre October 25: The Amityville Horror October 26: The Shining October 27: Psycho