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->''Poison, drowning, claw, or knife\\
So many ways to take a life.''

'''''Trick 'R Treat''''' is an {{anthology}} comedy/horror movie that was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed By The Studio]]. It was produced by BryanSinger and directed by Michael Dougherty, and developed from Dougherty's 1996 animated short, ''Season's Greetings''. The conceptual designer was Breehn Burns, co-creator of ''DrTran''. ''Trick 'R Treat'' was originally slated for a theatrical release in 2007, but was held up until a DVD release in 2009.

Set over a single [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] night (although there is a flashback set on a Halloween thirty years prior), ''Trick 'R Treat'' is less interested in plot than it is in the holiday itself: the fears, emotions, atmosphere, and the traditions that have coalesced into what people imagine Halloween is about.

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[[folder: Trick 'R Treat has several subplots, loosely connected, that are the focus of this anthology: ]]

* A young couple is divided by his love and her (Leslie Bibb) hatred of Halloween.
* A school principal (Dylan Baker) carries out a double life as a SerialKiller.
* A group of college girls go to a Halloween party, where the [[FinalGirl sweet and virginal one]] (Creator/AnnaPaquin), dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, is hoping to finally meet the man of her dreams...
* A group of kids, inspired by the town legend of the "Halloween Schoolbus Massacre", play a prank that [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]]...
* An elderly curmudgeon (BrianCox) with a DarkAndTroubledPast attempts to get through the night without acknowledging that it's Halloween.
All these stories frequently overlap and share characters, particularly a mysterious trick 'r treater named Sam (pictured).

Not to be mistaken for the simalar named 1986 film ''Film/TrickOrTreat''.

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!!This movie provides examples of the following:

* AdaptationExpansion: From the original short.
* {{Adorkable}}: Rhonda, in a way.
* AllHallowsEve: Of course.
* AlphaBitch: Macy.
* AnachronicOrder: The opening scene is, chronologically, the very last event in the film. After this scene, it tells three stories that are more or less set simultaneously, before backing up to the beginning with another story, set during a time skip. It ends just before the opening scene.
* AngryGuardDog: Mr. Kreeg's pit bull, Spite. No really, his name is Spite.
* {{Anthology}}
* AnthropomorphicPersonification
* AssholeVictim: Almost every victim besides Emma, who wasn't an asshole--she just didn't like Halloween. Charlie is probably the most standard example, though.
* BaitAndSwitch: Many. Best used for a humorous effect in the opening when a woman sees a masked man dressed like [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]] across the street just standing there watching, [[spoiler: and it turns out just to be a guy waiting for his ride.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Remember to always be nice to your friends [[spoiler: or else they'll leave you to die]].
* BigBadEnsemble: Sam, [[spoiler: the spirit of Halloween enforcing it's rules]]. Mr. Kreeg, a Halloween-hating cranky old man [[spoiler: who is responsible for the deaths of a number of children.]] And Steven Wilkins, a SerialKiller who was terrorizing trick or treaters throughout the film.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Macy. [[spoiler: Although there are more literal examples elsewhere...]]
* BlindWithoutEm: Rhonda.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: One of the four trick-or-treaters.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted, overall.
** KidsAreCruel: Macy and her friends. Charlie also fits.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Inverted with the BluRay release as it clearly shows [[spoiler: Sam's true face]].
* CreativeClosingCredits
* CreepyChild: Sam, the schoolbus kids, and [[spoiler: Billy Wilkins]]
* DeadlyPrank: [[spoiler: Macy and her friends pretend to be the undead schoolbus kids to scare Rhonda, who panics and cracks her head against a rock. The trope is subverted when it turns out that Rhonda is still alive, and subsequently inverted, when the real schoolbus kids show up and kill the pranksters.]]
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler: Leslie Bibb]] dies ''very'' early on in the film.
* DeathBySex: Not literally, but [[spoiler:the girl killed by the "vampire" is mortally wounded during their make out session]].
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Billy Wilkins is absolutely adorable.
* DiesWideOpen: The victim of the vampire.
* CheerfulChild - "Let's carve a scaaaary pumpkin this time, Daddy!"
* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu - Once [[spoiler: Sam's]] true nature is revealed, every time in which a character interacts peacefully with him comes across as this.
* FanService / FanDisservice: Laurie's friends disrobe before... [[spoiler:removing their skin and sprouting hair]].
* FinalGirl: Laurie has many aspects of this, being named, as she is, after the FinalGirl in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''. She's even got the Little Red Riding Hood costume, which is, of course, [[FreudWasRight symbolic of virginity]]. In the end, however, [[spoiler: she and all her friends survive. And they were never really in any danger at all. She and her friends also kill the SerialKiller terrorising the town.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: Sam.
* FreezeFrameBonus: If you pause at the exact end of the title montage, you'll see [[spoiler: Sam's real face]].
* FurAgainstFang: Sort of.
* FurryFandom: One of the teachers is having a ''weird'' costume party.
* GhostButler: One of them opens and shuts a door for Sam. Or maybe he's just telekinetic.
* GhostlyGoals: The schoolbus kids want to avenge their own deaths.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Attempted by Kreeg against Sam.
* HellHound: Invoked by Kreeg, who dresses his rather petite dog in black with glowing eyespots and sics him on trick-or-treaters.
* {{Homage}}:
** There's a trick 'r treater dressed as Michael Myers from the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies. Also, the character set up as an obvious FinalGirl, as noted above, is named Laurie.
** Also, a colourized version of the original ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959'' is playing on TV in one scene, along with ''ScoobyDoo on Zombie Island''.
** Naming a SerialKiller "Steven" may also be an Music/AliceCooper reference.
** Mr. Kreeg says "You gotta be fuckin' kidding," while [[spoiler: Sam's severed hand skitters across the floor]], much the same way as Palmer said the exact line in ''Film/TheThing1982'' while [[spoiler: Norris' head ran around the lab on spider legs]].
* HeyItsThatGuy :This film feels a bit like an ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' reunion: Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, Brian Cox, and Anna Paquin were all involved in both movies.
** Anna Paquin getting [[TrueBlood stalked by a vampire]], no less.
** On a more obscure note, Thurman Merman of ''BadSanta'' plays Charlie, the trick-or-treater poisoned by Steven.
** Who knew [[KyleXY Josh Trager]] could do something so cruel?
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
* IdiotSavant: Rhonda is stated as such by one of the characters.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Look carefully at the movie poster.
* InfantImmortality: Averted at every turn.
* InfoDump: Rhonda on the origins of Halloween/Samhain.
* IronicEcho: "Screw you."
** As well as "My my, what big eyes you have."
* IronicNurseryTune: ''...give me something good to eat...''
* JerkAss: Mr. Kreeg.
* KissOfTheVampire: The victim is so pleasured that she doesn't even realize it's happening until she notices her own blood dripping down her arms.
* MakeSureHesDead / OnceIsNotEnough: Kreeg takes no chances against Sam. [[spoiler:He gets back up anyway, but you have to to give Kreeg that much credit, at least.]]
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Just about everyone wears a mask at some point for obvious reasons, but particular examples include Sam, the vampire, and the schoolbus kids.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent
** CeilingCling
* MeaningfulName:
** Sam is strongly implied to be short for Samhain, the Celtic god of death and the harvest. Samhain is actually [[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced something akin to 'sah-win,']] but given that Rhonda uses the proper pronunciation, they most likely knew and took ArtisticLicense with the nickname.
** Kreeg is an obvious homonym for "Krieg", the German word for war or conflict. It's of course Mr. Kreeg that [[spoiler: battles with Sam.]]
** And his dog is named Spite.
* MuggingTheMonster: [[spoiler: Principal Wilkins trying to kill Laurie, a werewolf.]]
* NoodleIncident: On one of the [[spoiler:werewolf pack]]'s previous hunts, a chosen victim evidently [[spoiler:turned out to be a woman. And got devoured anyway.]]
* NighInvulnerable: Sam.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: Subverted. For a while, it really looks like Steven is going to knife little Billy to death. It turns out he was probably never planning to; he was just really excited about carving that "jack o' lantern"...]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler: They're not real vampires, for one thing...]]
** VampireBitesSuck
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:They're all female, for one, and transform by the rarely-seen, but definitely folkloric, method of tearing off their human skin.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: When Mr. Kreeg calls the police, he is put on hold long enough for Sam to cut the line. No one is ever sent out to check on the cause of the call.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: [[spoiler:Sam, after Kreeg dismembers him with buckshot]].
* RazorApples: While there's no literal example, Steven uses poison ("Always check your candy!"), and Sam uses a razor blade inside a chocolate bar as a weapon. If you look closely, you'll notice he was given that same chocolate bar by Steven, so it's quite possible that Steven put the blade there.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: After Mr. Kreeg appeases Sam by giving him a chocolate bar, he is seen giving out candy to other trick 'r treaters and basically doing Halloween right. However, at the end of the night, the schoolbus kids still come for him, since the final scene reveals he was the man who killed them.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy[=/=]CouldntFindAPen: Sam plasters Mr. Kreeg's room with the lyrics of the IronicNurseryTune in absolutely record time, and festoons his lawn his elaborate jack-o'-lanterns.
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction: [[spoiler:How the werewolf girls lead unsuspecting men to their feast. Said men are the main course.]]
* ScaryScarecrows: Sam's mask, as well as the ornaments on Henry and Emma's lawn
* TheScourgeOfGod: Well, ''a'' god...
* SerialKiller: Steven
** TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse
* SexyWhateverOutfit: All of Laurie's friends go out for Halloween dressed in sexy fairytale-inspired costumes. They make fun of Laurie for her comparatively conservative LittleRedRidingHood costume.
* TheSpeechless: Sam never speaks onscreen, although he makes a sort of hissing noise toward the end, and giggles a little.
* StabTheSalad: A rare example where the "innocent" reveal isn't really much better than what we had first assumed.
* TrappedInASinkingCar: The Halloween Schoolbus Massacre.
* UndeadChild: The schoolbus kids.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Some [[spoiler: poisoned candy]] provokes a massive display of this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Spite, Mr.Keeg's dog. It goes upstairs and finds Sam and is hurt by Sam. We never see the dog again after this and there's no way of knowing if its dead or not.
* WhisperingGhosts: Starts up the moment Macy extinguishes the last nearby jack-o-lantern.
* YuppieCouple: The three kids dressed as clowns, who can be very helpful in establishing the film's AnachronicOrder. Sam starts out as one of these, too.
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