Honestly, I don’t remember the first time I heard about Trick R-Trip. But a couple of years ago I found a copy of a movie on the internet and I watched it out of curiosity, without knowing what to expect (and you know my general feeling about horror movies if you follow this blog for a while).
Much to my surprise, I was delighted! It’s enough that the film remained engraved in my memory for years, until this month I finally decided to watch it for the second time to let my thoughts run wild about it.
In case you haven’t seen it yet: On a Halloween night in Warren Valley, Ohio, Trick r Treat presents four different stories that overlap in different ways. Four stories in two words: Director Wilkins cuts a lantern with her son; Rhonda and a group of hooligans return to the Halloween massacre with a school bus in the quarry; Laurie loses her virginity at a fire party; and old Krieg learns the true meaning of Halloween.
For me, that’s a big part of the film’s appeal. Because the stories overlap at different times, every time you watch a film you notice a new context that connects one story with another. And, of course, I should also mention Sam, the main character in the story. Sam, for want of a better word, stands for Halloween. He’s here to enforce the rules of Halloween, including this one: Put on a suit, hand out candy and NEVER blow out your flashlight before midnight. All night long, those who don’t obey the rules of Halloween are punished with a terribly cruel punishment.
And yet….. it’s also part of the film’s appeal. The victims are usually all assholes who deserve what they have (director Wilkins is by far the most brilliant example). Of course there are exceptions, but at some point I don’t really feel sorry for the victims (even the children who are nerds in the quarry, I always identify as much as possible with Rhonda). My second favorite moment in this film is the culmination of a series of careers in which hooligans get what they want in their heads. I wasn’t as tough as Rhonda at that age, but I know exactly how she felt sometimes, so at the climax of the story I understood her actions perfectly.
My favorite moment and the one I want to talk about in detail is the part with Laurie and the fireplace company. That’s the part that always sticks in my head. From the beginning, you knew something was going on with Laurie, her sister and her friends. My first assumption was that they were all secret vampires (and depending on how their transformation begins, you can blame me for that assumption), but the truth was much better. It is simply frightening and fascinating to see Laurie and others turn into werewolves when Marilyn Manson plays Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). The fact that their last victim, Principal Wilkins, is still alive to watch (and apparently about to die) only makes bribery sweeter.
And then there’s Sam, who I’m going back to so I have enough time to talk about the movie. For most films, Sam is the most charming (in the scary sense of the word) character, which of course is dangerous because of his actions in the prologue, but in reality you can only see in the last segment. Seeing Sam in his jute mask is, frankly, scary. I almost prefer that the mask remains and the illusion remains that Sam is a sweet (but scary) Halloween creature, but I also understand a little why Sam should be abandoned (for that extra fear).
In short, Trick r Treat is one of the best Halloween movies to watch. I guarantee you when this party’s over, you’ll never look at it the same way again. (And you’ll probably think twice before you destroy Jack O.’s lights.)
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