1 Days Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

YMMV / Trick 'r Treat

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Did Rhonda think Macey and her friends were still pulling a joke on her, or did she know that the ghosts of the dead school bus kids were real and just left them to die?
      • Alternatively, did she remember Macey saying that the elevator would only hold three people safely, and thus assume that they'd throw her out and leave her to die?
      • Another possibility: the other children had already presented themselves to Rhonda as being dead. It's possible she simply believed them...
      • Yet another possibility (wow she's a fun character): she seems to be the only person in the movie who Sam actually likes (the best anyone else gets is indifference), likely because they both believe obsessively in the rules of Halloween...they broke the rules, she couldn't interfere with the punishment...
      • When she walked out of the elevator, was she in shock, or Tranquil Fury.
    • In Season's Greetings, the short that marked Sam's debut, was the man who tried to beat him to death a reprehensible thug who didn't know what he was getting into, or someone who knew what Sam was and tried to get rid of him before he caused any trouble?
    • Did the School Bus Kids kill the other children to help Rhonda? Alternatively, however, jack o'lanterns seem to have a protective power in this universe, so its possible that once they were smashed, the kids just unleashed their rage on whoever happened to be there..
    • It's clear the werewolves must know what Sam is if they tolerate his presence without comment. Does this mean they're friendly to him? Or just terrified of him?
    • Were all the schoolbus kids actually violent in life, or just mentally ill in a school system that didn't respect their needs? They were chained up, but there are certainly plenty of cases in Real Life of harmless mentally ill people being treated no better. They certainly showed no sign of malice in the flashback.
  • Awesome Music: "Sweet Dreams" by Marilyn Manson when the werewolves transform and kill Wilkins.
  • Crossover Ship: Non-romantic, but a lot of fans like to portray Sam and Michael Myers as close friends.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sam, in a nonsexual way. He's just so darn cute!
  • Fight Scene Failure: When Sam drops onto Mr. Kreeg, the figure obviously changes into a grown adult.
  • Love It or Hate It: Take a good look at the reviews and they'll say it's either a modern classic, or a blight on the horror genre. There is no middle ground.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Charlie Brown's an asshole!"
  • Moe: Rhonda, kind of.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Follow the rules of Halloween or Sam will come and find you...
  • Ugly Cute: Sam. Part of it comes from the fact that there's an actual child actor (the awesomely-named Quinn Lord) in that costume, rather than a little person actor.
  • Vindicated by History: This film's Screwed by the Network status is legendary. It was dumped on DVD two years after its intended release, apparently never to be heard from again. The combination of Dougherty's persistence in marketing his pet project, and the film's absolutely rabid fanbase, turned that around. At this point every critic on the internet with even a passing interest in horror films has reviewed it, and every Halloween the number of people aware of it continues to balloon. Among many horror fans it's now seen as the standard by which all other horror-comedies, anthologies, or Halloween-related movies in general are judged.
  • The Woobie:
    • Rhonda. Try not to feel sorry for her, I dare you.
    • The School Bus Kids. Talk about tragic monsters.
    • Mr. Kreeg, if in a Jerkass Woobie sort of way.
    • Emma. She's hot and exhausted from her heavy, awkward costume, has been dragged all over town by her man-child husband, and just wants to clean up the Halloween decorations before her mother comes over in the morning (and presumably starts to nag Emma about her housekeeping). Her reward of being murdered and dismembered by Sam - and Henry possibly being convicted of her murder seems fairly disproportionate.