Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
DAY 1: Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
It’s hard to talk about Halloween without mentioning this indie gem. Released to festivals in 2007 before being kept from public release for two years, Trick ‘r Treat is one of the few great horror anthologies to be release in the last decade. The film follows four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband. Each of these tales is chock full of laughs and scares, with plenty of gore sprinkled throughout. To say there is “something for everyone” may be cliche, but it’s the truth here more than any other film we’ll highlight in coming days.
I first saw Trick ‘r Treat in 2009, and it soon became a highlight of my personal film library. Sam, the terrifying pint-sized trick-or-treater dressed in pajamas and a burlap sack who appears in each tale as a reminder to those who choose to break traditions associated with Halloween is the type of icon horror fans will instantly embrace, and the darkly lighthearted nature of each tale makes repeat viewings far more warranted than your average bloodfest. This is the kind of film that even non-genre fans can enjoy, and it’s welcoming nature makes it the perfect choice to kickstart your festivities in 2012. You can view the trailer below:
FEARnet loves this film even more than UTG! This October they are go going all out with world premieres and petrifying programming leading up to the 24-hour Trick ‘r Treat marathon, from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. to 3 a.m. PT on Halloween. Chat with them on Twitter for more information.
Editorial written by: James Shotwell