Trick R Treat DVD Review

Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
This cover, both the cardboard slip cover and the actual DVD cover art is pretty awesome. I love creepy stuff, and a child with a weird canvas bag head looking like he might be some beheaded spirited figure, well, it got my attention. Oh, the promises some covers make that the movie inside can’t keep:( The menu is just an image with navigation, which is fine for a DVD, so it’s all about the cool cover. The cover being the best part of this DVD.

Features: 2/10

  • Trick R Treat Seasons Greetings Animated Short With Optional Commentary – I did enjoy the short film by the director, the film that “started it all” according to him. It’s a hand drawn animated short starring a small boy with a cloth sack head who might have a touch of evil in his little heart. We watched with the commentary, which is the extent of this extra feature….not much to offer (not that I was wanting lots of extras:P).

The Movie: 4/10
Have you seen this movie and thought…”Ugh, that kinda sucked” but then you read around the fabled internet and find that nearly 100% of folks seem to be transfixed by how good it is? Fear not fellow sensible person, you are not alone.

I wanted to like this movie. I really do enjoy Halloween and Horror films. I’m not a fan girl of the genre, but I’ve seen my fair share and I have my own set of “rules” so to speak. Trick R Treat only hits about 2% of the list, and to put it into perspective, Halloween (original), Devil’s Rejects, Exorcist, these go above and beyond the list and have given me awesome movie watching experiences over and over.

Trick R Treat, let’s just get down to it, has zero characters who are interesting, zero stories that keep me captivated, zero scares, zero creativity or originality. NOW, that being said some might claim that’s the whole point, to have a throwback horror flick that is reminiscent of the good old days of horror flicks and the few anthology movies from the 20th century. OK, that didn’t happen for me at all. I didn’t catch that train folks.

I saw a movie that was trying too hard to be something it wasn’t. Trying to find a character, Sam the sack head boy, to tie several stories together with his creepiness and big lollipop weapon. He’s not scary, doesn’t make me wonder what he is, why he’s evil, why he’s a boy with a sack head…etc. The stories do not criss cross in a way that’s clever or ever finds that “ah ha” moment when all the characters and their little town seem to be part of a bigger scary story.

Maybe I’m too old, too cynical, too worn out by these kinds of movies…oh but wait, last week we watched Drag Me To Hell and I loved it. I liked the remake of Friday the 13th, and others in the genre in the past few years. Trick R Treat just gave me that bored, “hmmm how much longer is this movie” feeling and that’s not good. It did make me want to watch some classic horror flicks, which IS good:)

So, if you are in agreement with me, that the sinister child killing principal, the sexy chick dressed as Red Riding Hood, the innocent chick who blew out the candle in a Jack-o-lantern, the lame story about a busload of children on some past Halloween, and the sack boy who doesn’t seem to have any purpose at all, is one of the least entertaining movie you’ve seen in a while, you are not alone.

Audio & Video: 7/10 (by Ascully)
Not much to say about the audio video quality on this DVD. It contains both the wide screen & full screen versions on one disc so it’s a little more compressed than normal but the movie is quite short so it’s not a major issue.

Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and is less than impressive throughout, I think I have been spoiled by the uncompressed soundtracks that come on Blu-Ray discs though so your mileage may vary. Overall a disappointing movie and an average DVD.

Value: 3/10
Late night some Halloween in the future after a few glasses of wine and having watched every other GOOD creepy movie ever made, I would consider watching Trick R Treat again, this is how I value this DVD. If you are crazy for Halloween themed movies, go for it with your rental card at your local DVD store or online offerings.

Overall Score 4/10