Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Mike Matei / October 31st, 2014

Monster Madness closes this year, with one of few movies to truly capture the real Halloween spirit!



  • Larry Hood

    October 31, 2014 at 9:01 am


  • Fred Fuchs

    October 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Another year until the next MM πŸ™

    • 8bit4ever

      October 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Nope, only 11 months.

    • Don Skiver

      October 31, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      That’s how I feel about the end of Monster Madness…it’s a very bittersweet feeling… I love the month of October so much, but it’s kinda heartbreaking to see it finally come to an end…

      Thanks for all the reviews James. I hope you make Monster Madness a Cinemassacre tradition for even more years to come!

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 31, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I love Halloween. It’s been a fun month James, Monster Madness is another reason to love it. Have a Happy Halloween, and I look forward to Monster Madness 2015

  • john roch

    October 31, 2014 at 9:13 am

    this movie is still not available in France!

    hopefully there’s a French version on the US blu-ray thank god.

    • October 31, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      I looked on amazon..there is french language listed.. but if you typed your comment out on English then you understand English so just watch the movie in English not french

    • November 1, 2014 at 12:41 am

      There is indeed a French language track on the North American Bluray, a QuΓ©bec French version actually. But it’s QuΓ©bec voice actors speaking in an international standard French rather than with thick accents.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 31, 2014 at 9:21 am


  • October 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Thought you would’ve reviewed Suspiria this year. I need to check this movie out. Happy Halloween.

  • Rick

    October 31, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Happy Halloween, James. You and your folks. We’ll see you next year for another year of Monster Madness and I’ll see you next weekend for RetroGamesCon πŸ˜€

  • October 31, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Happy Halloween bro, great MM again this year. Keep it up.

  • October 31, 2014 at 10:10 am

    You know what movie you should review next year? Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky. I already made a video about it:

  • otto meyer III

    October 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Never heard of this, maybe check it out for next Halloween. Great MM as usual, and it sure did cover anything / everything, no way could I guess what was coming the next day. Have a brilliant time James and all at Cinemassacre. It’s THE MONSTER SQUAD for my family this year. My family love it.

  • October 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Monster Madness was fantastic once again! Thanks for the daily entertainment!

  • Dylan Spallin

    October 31, 2014 at 10:16 am

    YES!! Thanks so much for including this movie! Its my favorite Halloween movie.

  • ramo10

    October 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for another awsome October Monster Madness James ! Ive been watching the previous years daily video each day this whole month, its been great and cannot wait for next years. πŸ™‚

  • Joker83

    October 31, 2014 at 10:36 am

    This is definitely on my agenda for tonight along with the original Halloween and classic Dracula. Good call James!

  • porksaw

    October 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

    To bad this years Monster Madness is over.
    But the good thing is that there are enough MM episodes to cover 8 months if I watch one every day^^.
    I hope for “the Burbs” next year.

  • JayRam

    October 31, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I really enjoyed this year’s Monster Madness–mainly because you went out of order, making it harder to guess what movie you were going to review, let alone the decade in which it was made.

    Happy Halloween, Cinemassacre.

  • October 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Great Monster Madness Cinemassacre! Trick ‘R Treat is a great film to finish on. I wish there were more anthology films like this. Hopefully you get to review the ABCs of Death next year as it’s a pretty ambitious anthology film.

    Thanks again and Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s some fun Halloween art I made:

  • Justin Derenthal

    October 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Now the sadness ensues, that awkward period of november waiting for christmas videos πŸ™

  • Goobian

    October 31, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is a great movie. I have it on DVD. I haven’t watched it as many times as my other movies, but it definitely puts you in a Halloween mood.

    Happy Halloween James and Mike. And everybody that has watched Monster Madness everyday like I have.

  • Dezmonsta757

    October 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Never even heard of this movie I’m definitely gonna check it out next Halloween.

  • October 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Only 11 months til Monster Madness!! πŸ˜›

  • October 31, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Amazing Monster Madness this year! Can’t wait for the next october! Thank you guys!

  • DragonoftheEastblue

    October 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Happy Halloween/Samhain!

  • October 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Happy Halloween!!!!!

  • Blaze_Piffington

    October 31, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    The candle in a perfectly carved monster madness pumpkin. A safe all Hallows eve to all. 334 days til I get my fix on this tasty treat once more

  • Lukas Sprehn

    October 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Great Monster Madness this year! Especially a great finale. Happy Halloween James!

  • frostare

    October 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I love that at 1:00 you repeated “all over again” because of a glitch

  • joliet_jane

    October 31, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for a great month, James!
    But now Monster Madness is over. *sigh* πŸ™

  • GameCom

    October 31, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Happy Halloween, thanks for making October so awesome M&J!

  • Claude Lilford

    October 31, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    And so Monster Madness comes to end an.
    Happy Halloween everybody, see you all next year.
    Hands up all who want another Sequel-a-thon. Hellraiser and Friday 13th are my votes.

  • low_tone1

    October 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I just saw Trick r’ Treat last week. Someone told me I should see it because I’m a huge fan of Creepshow. While I didn’t feel that this movie held up to Creepshow, I did enjoy it quite a bit. Sam is an excellent character, and I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing more Trick r’ Treat movies following the same anthology concept, particularly with Sam as the connecting character.

    Thank you so much yet again, James. Every year, you do an excellent string of horror movie reviews, and this year did not disappoint at all. I actually learned about more movies I hadn’t heard of this year than with any of the previous Monster Madness series. Keep up the great work!

  • Mr. Cap

    October 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    The definitive Halloween movie. Thanks for another great month of Monster Madness, James. Happy Halloween!

  • Thifurious

    October 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Happy Halloween! πŸ™‚

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 31, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Spooked ya, BOO!

  • NCfanboy1

    October 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I personally hate this movie. Sure the setting is great, but the thing I hated were the plot twists. I know plot twists are supposed to throw me off, but Trick ‘r Treat was doing it for the wrong reasons.

    I mean Sam was going to kill the old guy until he gave him candy, when I saw that I was like “Are you f***ing serious!?” Way to get him into the holiday spirit by scaring him for life which by logic would’ve made him hate Halloween even more… dick!

    I think the only parts I legitimately liked were the back story of the kids on the bus, and the twist on the old man was pretty clever.

    Otherwise I think this film is overrated.

  • October 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Great timing! The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson, Tx where I live is screening this at 7pm tonight. I shall go see it. Great review

  • October 31, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    That ‘John Carpenter look alike’ is fellow Scot and original Hannibal Lector actor Brian Cox.

  • Larry Hood

    October 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I just wanted to thank you guys for putting on Monster Madness again this year. I’m hoping it’s something that continues on. Logging on to see what the next video is gives me the feeling of sitting around an old radio waiting for an oval-tine secret code.

    As far as movies that are strictly about Halloween I can think of two favorites that haven’t been covered yet. Hocus Pokus and The Halloween Tree. The later actually has a lot o satanic imagery in it for being a children’s cartoon.

    Thanks again. You keep posting, we’ll keep watching… and waiting… but mostly watching.

  • Berkeley_Bum

    October 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Happy Halloween to the fucking nerd!

  • Rowan Grisez

    October 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Saw this recently at an event hosted by Fritz the Night Owl! I really enjoyed it!

  • October 31, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Happy Halloween everyone!! Without James we would be bored on the net, thank you James for quality work.

  • October 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    This year has been fun. Thanks james!

  • October 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve never seen this only the 80s Gene Simmons – Ozzy Osbourne movie Trick or Treat

  • taykel

    October 31, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Happy Halloween!

  • steven klein

    October 31, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I’ve always loved Halloween, most of my best memories come from this time of year. I’ll see you next year james…

  • October 31, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Happy Halloween Everyone!

  • Paulballsftw

    October 31, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Hey James I am glad you included this movie but you should have mentioned that it didn’t come out until like 2009 or 2010. I remember waiting for a few years after seeing the trailer to get a copy when they finally released it. I have a tradition of watching it every October to get me in the mood of Halloween. It is truly an instant classic.

  • October 31, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Another Awesome month of madness in the books. Thank you so much for all you do, you are actually an inspiring figure that reminds me to follow through and dedicate myself towards all my passions, now get back to work and go shit on some games.

  • Squall85

    October 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    31 videos already? God, October just flew by.

    The guy with the sack for a head reminds me of Candle Jack from Freakazoid πŸ™‚ And Sackboy, of course.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 31, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Very cool, James. I haven’t heard of this movie, either, so thanks for letting me know about it. This definitely looks like one worth checking out.

    Though, Sam’s face is supposed to be a Jack-o-Lantern. I’m not sure how you’re seeing “fetus”. πŸ˜›

  • erik37

    October 31, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    My favorite Halloween movie since it came out love this fucking movie hope they dont fuck up the part 2 when it comes out.

  • ZomboCombo

    October 31, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    The sequel to this is due out next year, it seems.

  • Eipa

    October 31, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for another great year of Monster Madness! ^^

  • October 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I was an extra in this movie when they filmed it outside of Vancouver BC for the parade scene for three nights. The extras were terrible, shitting all over the washrooms, half eating food and returning it to food table, arguing with the production team. Its nice to see the movie turn out well even when so many people were acting like a bunch of assholes.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    It’s time for me to see something i never saw.
    Invasion of the body snatchers it is for this halloween. Not with friends, alone in the eternal darkness, preaching, peering, doubting.

  • October 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks AVGN, always nice to hear your reviews. Will wait for the next Halloween Special

  • October 31, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I know you don’t do many animated flicks but the “Halloween Tree” was a favorite of mine as a kid plus a nice break from all the horror flicks. Maybe next year…

  • Rob G

    October 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Made an account just to comment on this. This is by far my favorite Halloween without a question. Definitely combines all the things you think of when you imagine Halloween. Its incredibly self aware in its cliches and its awesome seeing a bunch of young actors and an early Anna Paquin

  • Milkyjoe

    October 31, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    NIce work once again James and Mike, I have a suggestion of maybe doing Eraserhead next year. Good work!

  • Sean Smith

    October 31, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    happy halloween

  • October 31, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Happy Halloween!

  • November 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

    You really outdid yourself this year. You’ve managed to bring together classics I grew up with and loved (including some lesser known ones), introduced me to at least one new (old) movie that I watched and absolutely LOVED, and ended with the PERFECT Halloween movie. Bravo!

  • November 1, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Called it!

  • November 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Tonight I used the mask from Alice Sweet Alice tonight with all dark jeans and hoodie to get people scared and laughing. It worked! Happy Halloween.

  • November 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Hey James, long time fan here and finally decided to lose my comment virginity and make a comment. Great job on Monster Madness this year. Also, It would be great to see you up here in Canada for Calgary Expo 2015 in April. I have emailed the Calgary promoters and hopefully they get in touch with you. In 2014 Calgary Expo had 97,000 and is becoming the best Comic Fan Expo in Canada. It would be awesome if you attended. Cheers!

  • jesse covert

    November 1, 2014 at 1:58 am

    a friend of mine who is huge on haloween got me watching this movie every year good movie to get you into the mood for it

  • Gimpster

    November 1, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Conglaturations on another year of Monster Madness!!

  • handsome pete

    November 1, 2014 at 3:03 am

    If John Carpenter wanted to make a series of movies about the Halloween holiday, he should have not have given it the same name as his popular series of movies about a slasher villain named Michael Myers. It’s like he was trying to trick people into seeing his movie.

  • lotusclown

    November 1, 2014 at 6:37 am

    ah another Halloween passed, another awesome Monster Madness, thanks James.
    i really hope he keeps doing these, being in my 30’s now i obviously don’t trick or treat anymore so Monster Madness has become one of the main things i look forward to during October.

  • Tullerman

    November 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

    YES! My favorite Halloween movie, I’ve wanted you to review this for years now

  • November 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Sooo sad MM is over πŸ™
    Great job as usual James !!
    Already can’t wait till next year.
    Happy Halloween !

  • Hypoxic

    November 1, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Thanks a million, James, for another Monster Madness. Like a lot of us here, I look forward to it every year.

    Be well and Happy Halloween!

  • Zulli85

    November 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Just want to say thanks to James and the Cinnemassacre crew for this year’s MM and of course everything else you guys do. Can’t wait for next year’s MM!

  • Kent Gissing

    November 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    James, thank you for this years monster madness. πŸ™‚ Heres to eleven months of anticipation. Cheers! ^^ And happy halloween.

  • ilil00

    November 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Is it possible to find monster madness on any other website?

    It’s unbelievable how slow this streams. I really hope this can be uploaded to youtube or something. Maybe it’s not something everyone suffers from but i sure do.

  • DeadCamper

    November 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for all the great content man, Monster Madness 2014 has been such a good time. All the best to you and yours, greetings from Sweden.

  • Vince Abbruzzese

    November 2, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Loved Monster madness this year great job guys! I just wish the last video on halloween was like last year where we watched a whole movie.

  • TagaZok

    November 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Awwww good choice for the finally of Monster Madness….til next year *snif*

  • curt kaskavage

    November 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

    its one of best horror movies i have watched since Halloween. I was disappointed it did not hit theatres. I remember seeing the preview for it back in the summer of 2007. otherwise im glad it has a cult following.

  • Ryan Davidson

    November 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    fuck that world of war craft ad that plays every time

  • MadHitz

    November 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Great Monster Madness this year! And I’m loving all the bonus games that you and Mike are playing

  • Otis Cook

    November 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    A man I can you review prom night from 1980, I would love that man

  • Otis Cook

    November 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    A John can you do a review of the movie prom night from 1980. I’m so surprise u haven’t done it yet

  • Quetzalcoatl

    November 5, 2014 at 12:57 am

    And yet another MM is behind us. Some suggestions for next year:
    1. The Blind Dead movies. A series if Spanish horror films featuring undead Templar knights. A bit hit and miss, but great installments in the zombie and mummy genres.
    2. The Town that Dreaded Sundown. An early slasher loosely based on a series of killings that took place in Texarkana during the 40’s. Not great, but has one of the most… unique deaths I’ve seen in a horror film.
    3. Madhouse. An underrated slasher/mystery starring Vincent Price and Peter Cushing.
    4. Bedlam. Borris Karloff stars as the cold and cruel proprietor of an insane asylum during the 1700’s. One if his best performances in my opinion.
    5. Yongary. A late 60’s kaiju classic from South Korea, it boasts a cool monster, and is the only film of the genre where the titular monster dies of anal hemorrhaging. And no, I’m NOT kidding.

  • November 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    You forgot to mention Anna Paquin from True Blood and Brian Cox who is with Anna in X men 2.

  • Ivan Seagull

    November 12, 2014 at 6:12 am

    We don’t really celebrate Halloween here in Russia but Monster Madness doesn’t fail to bring its mood regardless of the time of the year. Keep up the good work, James!

  • WViper

    November 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I love this movie. I can’t believe I have to wait another year for more monster madness. It sucks.

  • skwij

    November 19, 2014 at 7:07 am

    This looks really neat! I know I’m late, but thanks for another great month of Monster Madness. These videos help remind me of what Halloween is. Thanks, guys.

  • November 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    What about “Trick Or Treat”? The one where the teenager brings back his rock idol back from the dead? Sammy Curr

  • November 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Why is the video always stop?

  • j c

    November 29, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I was a fan of AVGN but now I love your monster madness reviews. I want you to DO A TON more reviews… just review movies all day! Why not do new stuff. You have mad skillz and a cool voice. You rock at your craft.

    • j c

      November 29, 2014 at 3:49 am

      James why not review the show super natural? Like cool episodes? Supernatural fits in with monster madness.

  • colt

    December 8, 2014 at 1:16 am

    money pay free finance

  • colt

    December 8, 2014 at 1:16 am


  • Behemoth

    December 14, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I remember when I read the comic of this, when I heard there was I film I had to watch, not many ppl I know liked it but I thought it was cool, its a good for if your having a Halloween marathon

  • February 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Should check out the V/H/S.

  • Patrick

    February 17, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for reviewing this. Excellent job.

  • bryant head

    April 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Nice but I think you should review Adam greens hachit movies

  • M. Ryan

    April 8, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    No movie explores the feeling of Halloween because there really isn’t much to do with it. It can be a setting, but beyond that there’s nothing there to use.

  • Luis Cuevas

    August 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I like your reviews they are the best ! these are some movies you should think about doing reviews next Halloween . Eraserhead, the last man on earth(1964),tremors with kevin bacon and the hills have eyes . The abyss was also a good movie that came after alien it may not be a horror film but it deserves a good review check it out

  • October 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Omg. I just watched It and you was right that is an excellent movie. so many twists and turns you don’t know what’s going to happen next. thanks for the review .

  • dicnar

    April 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Hey James, how did you filmed those bumpers with monsters sitting in the car? Are all those stop motion animations? Just wanted to know becacause it looks great!

  • rodster6

    October 1, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I always think of Samhain from the Real Ghostbusters as the icon of Halloween, like Father Christmas is for Christmas and Easter Bunny is for Easter.

  • October 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I can’t wait to pick this film up. I’ve seen it around but never thought much of it, until this Monster Madness. So thanks for introducing it to me. Looks fantastic. Man I love this time of year!

  • November 18, 2016 at 7:33 am


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