The creative pair that brought us the My Bloody Valentine 3D remake and Drive Angry got together to write a new horror flick for Halloween. In all honesty, and despite the fact that there’s an entire series titled Halloween, there is really very few films that really take place on and embrace it. More recently we’ve seen films such as Trick ‘r Treat, Hell Fest, Haunt, Hell House LLC, and The Houses October Built, but I feel there is always room for a new film to add to the holiday rotation.
Trick offers a very simple set up. One Halloween night a quiet and studious kid named Patrick “Trick” Weaver is attending a party where he abruptly decides to stab as many people as he can. He is then stabbed, brought to a hospital, shot, and ultimately escapes the police. The following 4 years sees his return on the holiday to continue his murder spree. It includes stars such as Omar Epps and Jamie Kennedy.
Trick overall was pretty fun. It is mean and violent with a lot of bloodshed. It takes a few twists and turns but it’s not hard to figure out where we are headed most of the time. It focuses on Omar Epps’ character as a police detective who last saw Patrick in person that Halloween night years ago. Deaths spring up which bare the trademarks of the original slashing, and he is always on his toes even when his comrades don’t necessarily believe him (as with most horror films).
The story is predictable and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun film. It begins with a good amount of energy that it maintains for a good portion of the film. The set pieces vary greatly, including a house party, a school dance, a haunted maze, and a hospital parking garage. The gore is realistic but it’s nothing over-the-top. It is very reminiscent of the later Halloween films in terms of tone and violence.
I don’t have many complaints with the film, it’s technically very solid, but I’m in no rush to return to this one. Perhaps when the autumn season comes back my opinion would change, but for now, there’s no need to rush out to see it.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra