Trick ‘r Treat – Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

FormatNTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
ContributorDylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Bryan Singer, Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox, Michael Dougherty
Runtime1 hour and 22 minutes

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Movie Description

Michael Dougherty, writer-director of Krampus and Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, has created a darkly comic tribute to the most frightening night of the year, Trick ‘r Treat. It takes inspiration from Creepshow and Tales From The Crypt but takes it to a much darker level with four intertwined stories that take place on Halloween night. A high school principal (Dylan Baker) is also a violent serial killer; a young virgin (Anna Paquin) has an awful experience as she searches for somebody special; a group of teens performs a cruel joke that ends in tragedy; and an elderly man (Brian Cox) fights a naughty trick-or-treater.

Bonus Content:

  • The original movie elements of Trick ‘r Treat have been supervised and approved by Director Michael Dougherty with a 2K scan, and this disc will feature interviews with Dougherty, Breehn Burns, Simeon Wilkins, Douglas Pipes, and Rob Galluzzo, as well as a 2K scan of the original 16mm elements of Season’s Greetings, a short film by Dougherty with optional commentary. It will also include a storyboard and conceptual artwork gallery, a behind-the-scenes still gallery, a story from the Trick ‘r Treat graphic novel, shorts, and an audio commentary with Dougherty.
  • The Trick ‘r Treat: The Lore and Legends of Halloween Featurette include deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by the director Michael Dougherty. Additionally, there is a School Bus FX Comparison and Theatrical Trailer included in the package.


Previous reviewers have acknowledged that this relatively new movie pays respect to films such as Creep Show and Halloween and to the feel of 80s horror films. The tales that are intertwined in the movie are reminiscent of that era, and those who have binged on the likes of ‘Saw’ and ‘Hostel’ will doubtlessly be let down and cynical.

I have no enthusiasm for torture porn whatsoever, but ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ is a spirited and rather delightful up-to-date version of classic horror films. It represents what horror movies used to be like, for example, stories with unexpected conclusions that focus on age-old concepts of fear and just plain amusement (rather than cruel violence).

It has a comic book-like quality which makes it the kind of movie the whole family can watch. How traditional is that idea? (You would not likely show it to children under the age of 10, perhaps?)

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