Trick ‘r Treat (2007) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Trick ‘r Treat (2007) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Michael Dougherty
STARRING: Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Leslie Bibb
RATED: R/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

Based on the director’s short film Seasons Greetings, Trick ‘r Treat follows four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween. So think Tales From The Crypt but dash in a whole lot of Tarantino style storytelling and we got ourselves a rather unique film going on here. The film quickly sets the rules that everyone should follow for Halloween, those being…

1 Always check your candy.
2 Never blow out a jack-o’-lantern before midnight.
3 Wear a costume.
4 Hand out sweets to trick-or-treaters.
5 Never go out alone

…And trust me folks if you don’t follow these rules there is hell to pay!

The four stories we get “The Principal”, “The School Bus Massacre Revisited”, “Surprise Party”, and “Meet Sam” are all very interesting tails packed with twists you might not see coming. I know I was thrown for a shock by much of what goes down and I think when that happens it only adds to the overall enjoyment. One common thing all the stories have is the appearance of Sam. Sam, of course, has gone on to become a cult legend in the world of horror nowadays and I hope we one day get to see him again. Also, be sure to pay attention as you watch this for other characters from the other stories popping in and around from time to time. Now me being me, I do wish there was just a little more blood to go around in this thing but that’s pretty much the only complaint I got. The overall look of the film is very nice looking and the film holds just enough of the “weird” factor to hold you in and to make you wonder just what will happen next. A movie like Trick r Treat doesn’t come along that often. It could be considered the Pulp Fiction of the horror genre and I don’t think that would be a bad comparison at all. If you like anthology films and you love a good atmosphere and vibe, this is a movie for you.

When I first reviewed this movie years ago I said it would go on to be an essential movie to watch each Halloween and it has certainly become just that. I tossed this one with Tales from Halloween and Halloween each year and will continue to do so. At least now when I do that I’ll have this awesome Scream Factory version to grad and watch. This one looks better than the other version out there and has much more in the extras department to keep you busy once you’ve watched it. I don’t know if the day will ever come that we get a Trick r Treat 2, but when it does I hope it has a release under the ranks of Scream Factory to go along with this.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Supervised And Approved By Director Michael Dougherty
– NEW Tales Of Folklore & Fright: Creating Trick ‘r Treat – Including Interviews With Writer/Director Michael Dougherty, Conceptual Artist Breehn Burns, And Storyboard Artist Simeon Wilkins
– NEW Tales Of Mischief & Mayhem: Filming Trick ‘r Treat – In-depth Interview With Michael Dougherty On The Making Of The Film
– NEW Sounds Of Shock & Superstition: Scoring Trick ‘r Treat – Including Interviews With Michael Dougherty And Composer Douglas Pipes
– NEW Tales Of Dread And Despair: Releasing Trick ‘r Treat – A Look At The Release And Fandom With Michael Dougherty And Writer Rob Galluzzo
– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original 16mm Elements of Season’s Greetings – A Short Film By Michael Dougherty With Optional Commentary By Dougherty
– NEW Storyboard And Conceptual Artwork Gallery
– NEW Behind The Scenes Still Gallery
– NEW Monster Mash – A Story From The Trick ‘r Treat Graphic Novel
– NEW FEARnet.com Shorts
– Audio Commentary With Director Michael Dougherty
– Trick ‘r Treat: The Lore And Legends Of Halloween Featurette
– Deleted And Alternate Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Michael Dougherty
– School Bus FX Comparison
– Theatrical Trailer

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%