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Trick ‘r Treat – Die Nacht der Schrecken = Trick ‘r Treat – The Night of Horrors
Director: Michael Dougherty
“Trick ‘r Treat” is a stunningly impressive, highly clever and totally unique quasi-anthology, weaving together various events that happen on Halloween night, all centering around “Sam”, a mysterious little creature that wears orange pajamas and a burlap sack over his head.
Everything about this movie is adorable, everything. It’s tense and thrilling, but also fabulously entertaining and wonderfully amusing, well-written and very well developed. Each story contains one or several super-cool and completely unforeseeable plot twists, a few ace jump scares and some of the coolest, eeriest and most gorgeous set pieces / sceneries I’ve ever seen. Hell, the whole look of the movie… AWESOME!! Tons of badass pumpkins, terrific fog, amazing costumes, Halloween parades, Halloween decorations etc. etc.
The acting is very solid and nearly every single character is just cool, most notably one-time actress Samm Todd as lovely Halloween-geek Rhonda, Dylan Baker as extremely insane principal, Anna Paquin as weird “virgin” and Brian Cox as grumpy Halloween-hater.
Camera work and cinematography by Glen MacPherson (“Resident Evil 4 & 5″) are simply excellent, Douglas Pipes’ (“Monster House”) 80s/90s-like score is rousing and playful, and the editing is just great.
Highlights: the school bus massacre flashback, grumpy old man vs. Sam, fat kid puking to death, the blazing pumpkin in the bedroom, the garden decapitation, the werewolf transformation, the glorious opening credits and the haunting little scene where Rhonda meets Sam.
Oh, I forgot to mention how awesome the opening credits are: