Poison, drowning, claw, or knife So many ways to take a life.
Trick 'R Treat is an anthology comedy/horror movie that was Screwed By The Studio. It was produced by Bryan Singer 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 Dr. Tran. 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 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.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 Serial Killer.
A group of college girls go to a Halloween party, where the sweet and virginal one (Anna Paquin), 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 goes horribly wrong...
Anachronic Order: 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.
Angry Guard Dog: Mr. Kreeg's pit bull, Spite. No really, his name is Spite.
Asshole Victim: Almost every victim besides Emma, who wasn't an asshole—she just didn't like Halloween. Charlie is probably the most standard example, though.
Bait and Switch: Many. Best used for a humorous effect in the opening when a woman sees a masked man dressed like Michael Myers across the street just standing there watching, and it turns out just to be a guy waiting for his ride.
Big Bad Ensemble: Sam, the spirit of Halloween enforcing it's rules. Mr. Kreeg, a Halloween-hating cranky old man who is responsible for the deaths of a number of children. And Steven Wilkins, a Serial Killer who was terrorizing trick or treaters throughout the film.
Deadly Prank: 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.
Final Girl: Laurie has many aspects of this, being named, as she is, after the Final Girl in Halloween (1978). She's even got the Little Red Riding Hood costume, which is, of course, symbolic of virginity. In the end, however, she and all her friends survive. And they were never really in any danger at all. She and her friends also kill the Serial Killer terrorising the town.
Mr. Kreeg says "You gotta be fuckin' kidding," while Sam's severed hand skitters across the floor, much the same way as Palmer said the exact line in The Thing (1982) while Norris' head ran around the lab on spider legs.
Offing the Offspring: 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"...
Razor Apples: 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.
Redemption Equals Death: 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.