Trick 'r Treat (2007) KILL COUNTFeb 21, 2022
(music) Welcome to Kill Count, where we
countthe victims in all our favorite horror movies. I'm James A. Janisse and today we're going to watch Trick 'r Treat, the
2007Halloweentastic movie written and directed by Michael Dougherty. Trick 'r Treat consists of a series of interlocking vignettes that take place on Halloween night in the fictional town of Warren Valley, Ohio, a place that loves to
treat. Loosely connecting the stories is the child-sized entity, Sam, who is happy to be an impassive observer until he sees that he is rejecting the spirit of Halloween, at which point he will personally intervene.
Although it doesn't have a single overarching story, Trick 'r Treat is a true treasure of a movie, not taking itself too seriously but also not trying to be too cool with detached irony. It's a heartfelt film that lovingly explores various Halloween traditions and guess what? It has a pretty high
countto boot. So grab your favorite candy bar and let's
kill! (music) The movie opens with a grumpy robot, this lady Emma, complaining to her partner that Halloween is pathetic. She turns off a jack-o'-lantern even though he says it's an old tradition to leave them on and takes off her robot costume right there on the sidewalk.
All this nonsense attracts the attention of someone with a bright field of vision who runs across the street to her house. After she finishes deroboting on the porch, Emma tells her man that she wants to take down the decorations right now. Ma'am, are you serious? Look at your house! It will literally take hours to put away. "I hate Halloween." Yeah, well, you must also hate getting a good night's sleep because this is going to take you all night. But she continues her crusade against Halloween, stopping only when she sees a JabbaWockee across the street that scares her.
But false alarm, she's just waiting to be picked up for dance practice so they can get her performance on Horror Nights this year. No, Emma, the real threat to you is that GHOST BLADE! Nah, just playing, it's not a ghost. It's something inside the sheet that starts to rip it off and throws it to the sidewalk. He bites off a lollipop and slashes her throat with it, scaring this trio of kids. Get out of here, you bunch of clowns. Emma becomes our first death of the movie in just 4 minutes, and shortly after her her man finds her body under a sheet, strung up and dismembered and with that delicious pumpkin popsicle in her mouth.
The opening credits are in the style of a comic, as Wildstorm Comics had originally planned to release a tie-in comic series alongside the film. Although the comics were delayed, the opening still gives us a little preview of the panels to come. Then we're taken earlier that night to a news report talking about how fucking crazy this town gets on Halloween, like they're that place in Hocus Pocus or something. A little boy teases some girls in the locker room, which is weird because he's like 6, but he's also the boy who plays Sam, so at least you get a little cameo there.
The girls he is looking at are a trio of girls in sexed up Halloween costumes, also known as Halloween costumes, Danielle, Marie, and Janet. And then there's Danielle the Sexerella's younger sister Laurie there, who's much sexier in a demure Little Red Hood costume. Danielle invites the elven teller to a party that night after asking him when she's going out. "In about 20 minutes, actually." Yeah right dude, you're working in a costume shop on Halloween brah, you're not going out until the vampires go to sleep. On the way to the party, after running into Grouchbot, Danielle tells Laurie that she needs to find a date because she is sad that she is a virgin at 22.
Wow, this could be the city of Hocus Pocus. And Marie and Janet seem just as obsessed with getting that D, as they ask these random guys hauling a news van for dates to the party. A couple of beers in the van later and this party is ready to go. Danielle reluctantly agrees to leave Laurie behind to search for her own date on the streets of this crazy Halloween party. Meanwhile, Charlie, played by that guy from Bad Santa, walks down the street doing his best Billy Corgan impersonation. When he goes to steal some candy from an unsupervised front porch, the home's owner, Principal Steven Wilkins, catches him red-handed. "Uhh-" "Don't waste a good lie on this." Wilkins makes him sit down and eat his candy while he talks about pumpkin carving and other Halloween traditions.
He must be a bad storyteller because Charlie starts having a physical reaction, gagging, burping and making all sorts of disgusting sounds in there. What's going on in there, Chuckster? Something you forgot to do? "Always check your candy." (gagging) Yeah, I think he forgot to do that, which is why he sits there doubled over and vomiting blood and/or chocolate. I don't really see the joke there, but Wilkins sure is laughing. Probably because he's the one who poisoned all that chocolate. With that, Charlie dies, hunched over in Wilkins' lap for our second death of the movie. I guess he's one less kid to process paperwork at school, right, Steven?
The removal of Wilkins' corpse is interrupted by a knock on the door. It's a
treating trio and they ask for his pumpkin as part of a treasure hunt. He gives them to them along with some candy, and after they leave, there's a cute little baghead guy who Wilkins gives candy to as well. You don't know how wise that decision was, Steve. You don't want to get on that kid's bad side. Wilkins exits out the back and discovers a grave containing another body, but before he can dump Charlie's towards her, he is interrupted again, this time by his son Billy, who is just yelling at the top of his lungs about how he did it.
Trick or Treating . Then, because this segment is a black comedy of errors, Wilkins is interrupted once more, this time by his neighbor Mr. Kreeg, who listens as the other body in the grave begins to scream and move. Kreeg goes over to the fence and hides with the neighbours, Mr. Wilkins, asking him what the hell is going on. Wilkins is able to get out of the situation and tries to silence the corps for good, but Billy interrupts him ONCE AGAIN by yelling about pumpkin carving and asking to go with his dad to the parade later. "No, daddy has a date!" Billy leaves and Wilkins appears to be safe. "But don't forget to help me with the eyes!" Jesus, Billy, you know what?
Halloween is cancelled. No more Halloween for you because of your screaming at the night sky like that. With the shoreline finally clear for real, Wilkins grabs his shovel and lands an overhead swipe at the shuffling bag, giving us a kill that he immediately cuts down, but at least we get to watch him water the grave. How nice. What isn't nice is the way Wilkins makes fun of his own son. He seems really fucking annoyed with that kid, so it's troublesome when he grabs a knife and goes downstairs with it to carve the pumpkin. We don't need two straight weeks of dead young Billies, boy, so get outta there!
Wilkins raises the knife from him and brings him down with a powerful stab! But it turns out that Billy isn't in danger after all, and that the pumpkin is actually Charlie's head. Sorry to scare you all, there's no filicide here, it's just a bond between father and son! "But don't forget to help me with the eyes." Look, there is nothing to worry about here at all! Now back to those trick-or-treaters, Macy, Sara, and Chip, who are trick-or-treating at another teacher's house and crashing her swinger-looking party. Watch out for the award-winning kids, you're there for the jack-o'-lanterns, no... whatever's going on at that party.
Yo, what's going on at that party? "Coach Taylor was dressed as a hot dog, butt-fucking a pig." Oh. They are joined by another kid, Schrader, who sucks at Supermarket Sweep and only got 3 more pumpkins for them. To get enough pumpkins for their quest, they go to this house, home of Rhonda, who they call a savante jerk, but honestly? I find it silly to carve pumpkins. Schrader turns on the charm on him because they're going to need some of that pumpkin. At the town's Festival of Costumed Fools, a lady makes out with a masked stranger in an alleyway, the beginning of every good love story.
Her tongue tangle stops when she holds up her hand to discover that she's bleeding, like a lot there, and that guy has fangs. Damn, do we have a vampire on our hands? She runs away from him and heads towards the parade in a very similar shot to I Know What You Did Last Summer, but unlike Sarah Michelle, this girl actually makes it to safety. But her victory is short-lived, as her plea for help is rebuffed by Grumpy-Tron 9000 who mistakes her for another drunken thug with fake blood all over her. The Masked Man appears behind her and covers her with his cloak to kill her offscreen, leaning her body against a storefront to make it look like she's passed out, you know, like people do all the time on the streets. public in the crazy Halloween parades.
The Masked Vampire wanders off into the night, presumably to find another victim. With a truckload of pumpkins in tow, Macy takes the kids trick-or-treating to a cliff overlooking a rock quarry where he tells everyone a Halloween story. It is a sepia-toned story of a busload of eight children who are described as so troubled and disturbed that their embarrassed parents take them to a school miles outside the city to keep them hidden. But one time on Halloween, the driver takes a different route, one that goes through a graveyard and Sam, straight to the abandoned rock quarry that Macy and co. now intervene.
Turns out the parents were sick of dealing with their dirty little secrets and paid the bus driver to kill them all. And it would have worked too if it weren't for these nosy kids, especially this Dracula realizing they're not where they should be and trying to drive the bus home on his own. He just gets it to move in a straight line that goes straight to the cliff, where he falls and sinks into the water below. All eight children are killed when their masks float on the surface of the water. They're all added to our list, though I'm not sure of their genders, while the driver is spared.
He succeeds, and according to Macy, he was never heard from again. Macy's plan is to leave eight pumpkins by the lake as an offering to the children who died. She and the other two near-alpha kids go down the elevator first, and when Rhonda and Pirate Boy follow a little later, they hear the first three kids scream and see their pumpkins go out. That doesn't stop Rhonda from getting out of the elevator to see what happened. She tells Chip not to let the pumpkins go out because they will protect him, then she goes outside to find herself looking at a school bus, half sunk in the lake.
This eerie image corroborating Macy's story is only made worse when a hand reaches out to grab her leg. The creatures emerge from the water and Rhonda runs back to the elevator where she finds Chip on the floor with his guts well prepared. After she actually picks him up with Velmas, her blind butt is cornered by the creatures all wet and chained up and Rhonda falls backwards off a ledge into some water, knocking herself unconscious as the creatures lean over her and look at her. When she comes to, she learns that the creatures were just the other kids and that Chip wasn't even dead, they're probably just nasty cold hotdogs around her neck.
Schrader finally learns what empathy is and says that it's about time these hikers started rambling, so they should pack up and go. On the bus, Macy kicks the last lit pumpkin near the water, which immediately turns out to be a mistake when they start hearing creepy noises. Sho nuff, it looks like we have some zombie kids on our hands, giggling as they crawl towards the four bad kids. During her removal, the chains on Sara's costume dangle and she is dragged away by the zombie kids from the bus, who temporarily stop their pursuit of her to begin the murder of her.
The other kids make it to the elevator where Rhonda has locked herself inside of it, safe with the last lit pumpkin. She goes to let them in, then she's all PSYCH and pushes the up button on her own, waving them goodbye as she ascends. The kids are cornered by the zombies and killed offscreen, her screams and some nasty wet ripping noises fill the rock quarry as Rhonda walks away from her stone-faced. Sam shows up, but is happy to leave Rhonda alone, because she is sincere and has the spirit of Halloween inside of her. Meanwhile, Laurie has been looking for a date but she hasn't had any luck, which is pretty hard to believe since she's screwing over Sookeh.
Danielle calls her saying that she has a backup date for Laurie, but he is too Baby-Oopsie-Daisy for her. While on the phone, Laurie notices the masked killer from earlier staring at her, and later, when she's walking to the campfire party alone, he appears out of nowhere and attacks her, knocking her into a tree and knocking her out of nowhere. biting her on the neck. Whata strange, strange vampire. Danielle and the others at the party, concerned about Laurie's whereabouts, scream in horror when a body in Laurie's costume falls from the tree. When they check it out and lift the hood, they discover that it is... the masked killer, who is now gasping and begging for their help.
Laurie shows up at the party looking much more like a pirate wench and tells the rest of the ladies, "ARRRR, that guy bit me!" Maria approaches him and pulls out his false fangs. You are not a true vampire at all! You were never a true vampire! In fact, you're just a senior headmaster of the school, Steven Freakin' Wilkins. Man, you've had a busy night. However, Steve has a good question: "Who are you?" And then he finds out for himself. Let's see, we've got a pirate, an uhh…another body lying there, that's okay I guess…oh, that's uh, that's one of the guys from the news van.
And oh shit, it's a wide shot and there are a lot of bodies here. I actually stopped this and went through it in TONS of slow motion, and in all, I think there are nine bodies in here, including the two guys in the van, the cashier, the big man, and five others. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know. This number makes sense to me though, as there are also nine girls besides Laurie in this banger and they all need a date after all. And Laurie's date is Steven Wilkins, who isn't going anywhere because of a broken leg.
She climbs on top of him and gives him fair warning. "It's my first time, so...bear with me." Then, with a sexy montage composed of a Marilyn Manson version of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), the ladies at the party strip down and transform. Laurie unzips her back and she and the others start ripping their skin off in deliciously nasty shots. They're turning into Shagadelic werewolves, baby! Do they make you horny, Steven? No, just terrified? That's great, you'll make a tasty snack either way. As Laurie feasts on Steven, Danielle howls at the moon in victory, as Laurie has finally lost her virginity.
Sam sits there and watches everything, which makes me a little worried about his development. This is not for young eyes, sir! ...Yeah, you know, you even have eyes. We do another time jump earlier in the evening when that trick-and-treat trio from the opening visits a house only to be startled by glowing eyes and snarls emerging from the darkness. Get out of here, you bunch of clowns! Turns out it's just Mr. Kreeg and his puppy, and he HATES HALLOWEEN. Kreeg hates everything about this holiday, including the sweets. It seems his Halloween traditions involve his good friend Jim Beam and everyone's favorite pastime of burning pictures in the fireplace.
While he's busy getting into all the Halloween specials on TV, some prankster lays eggs in his window and sends Kreeg to the closet to get out a fucking baseball bat. He heads to the back to go all Neegan with a punk joker ass, but instead he just listens to Wilkins and we see that earlier scene from a slightly different perspective. He heads back inside before more noises send him to the front door where he discovers that his front yard has been covered with pumpkins by some decorative heathen. He won't take any of it, thank you very much, so he grabs his shotgun and heads upstairs to investigate more noises.
In his bedroom, a pumpkin lights up, revealing a remodeling job done by Kevin Spacey's character in Se7en. I bought that Serial Killers R Us wallpaper. As Kreeg admires the redesign, he is stabbed in the leg and from under the bed comes... Sam! The cute little boy with the bag on his head and the adorable orange footie pajamas. He looks like he's packing a piece of candy filled with razor blades just for Kreeg. Trick or treat, mutha fucka! Kreeg escapes and falls down the stairs into a pile of candy and loose razor blades, so when he tries to get back up, all he manages to do is actually cut his hands.
As he fiddles with the locks on his door, trying to escape, Sam crawls across the ceiling until he's right on top of Kreeg and then drops in for a fun grappling session. During the fight, Kreeg removes Sam's bag mask to reveal a skeleton face in a pumpkin head! Did you know? Still kinda cute! He's even cute when he bites into Kreeg's leg for a tasty snack until Kreeg retrieves his shotgun and shoots Sam at point blank range, sending him across the room into the door. When Kreeg goes crazy with a couple extra shots, he reveals pumpkin innards.
Mmmm, make yourself a little Sam Pie. Sam recovers and re-masks and out of trick-or-treating he grabs a bright orange pumpkin lollipop which he bites into a gun. He raises the candy high to bring it down on top of Kreeg, but we get another fake stab when he just punches a candy bar instead. What, is that all you wanted? Oh Sam, it's not you when you're hungry. His sweet tooth sated, Sam leaves, closing the door behind him with a bit of Halloween magic. A close-up of those burning images reveals that the reason Kreeg hates this damn vacation so much is because he was the bus driver from the Rock Quarry story.
Later, Kreeg is visited by three little pigs, and as damaged as he is, he abides by the holy laws of Halloween and gives everyone candy. With the spirit of Halloween restored, the film wraps up its disparate stories, showing an orphaned but jolly Billy Wilkins dressed as his father and handing out candy, the last jack-o'-lantern from the quarry being pulled in a wagon by Rhonda, and the Weregals coming home in a state of euphoria. Sam keeps an eye on everything, keeping an eye on Kreeg until something else catches his eye: a grumpy robot whore woman who puts out his pumpkin.
You know what to do, Sam: enforce those Halloween laws. Just when you think it's all over, Kreeg knocks one last time on the door. It looks like those nosy kids from the school bus! Ready or Not. Here they... do they kill? The final death of the film is done in brief flashes of a graphic novel death as Mr. Kreeg gets his comeuppance from the children he killed so long ago. And so ends our Halloween tale, where lessons were learned and deaths counted. How many deaths? Let's find out and get to the numbers. (music) Twenty-seven people died in Trick 'r Treat, maybe.
Very hard to tell around that bonfire. Of the 27 I counted, only 4 were women, 16 were men, and the 7 children besides Dracula were not verified in any way. Anyway, there is a rather unbalanced distribution. With a scant running time of 82 minutes, we ended up with an average kill every 3.04 minutes, a new Kill Count record. Happy Halloween! I'll give the golden chainsaw to Charlie for the best kill. Many of the other murders were off-screen, but here we have the Bad Santa kid throwing up gallons of bloody chocolate. Also, we see his head severed a bit later, cementing his fate as the most graphic of the film.
Dull Machete for the most unfortunate death will go to Macy, Chip, and Schrader, who are all killed off-screen with nothing more than some sound effects to prove it. And that is! Trick 'r Treat is the perfect movie for Halloween. It's short, light and funny, which is everything a Halloween movie should be, in my opinion. Next month is Alien: I'll be covering the original alien quadrilogy every Friday in November. Until then, I'm James A. Janisse. This has been the Kill Count. Thank you very much for watching my Kill Count for Trick 'r Treat. I want to thank some of my sponsors like Allison Gail, Nick Smolich and Kellen DeRuy.
I'm going to try to get a video showing the Halloween party we had where Pennywise was. Halloween is probably my favorite holiday and we spent two months celebrating it starting in September. With that being said, I'm kind of happy it's back to normal next month because this has been a crazy month for me. But I wouldn't trade it for anything, it's been great.
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