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Screened In Sundays: Trick r’ Treat

Posted in Comedy, Horror, Screened In Sundays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2012 by judsonw

One underseen gem every Sunday.

I can count on my hand the number of legitimately great horror movies that were released in the past decade. When it comes to great Halloween horror movies, there’s not a huge library to choose from.  Trick r’ Treat is not only a great horror-comedy on its own, it’s also without a doubt the best Halloween movie ever made. Sure, Halloween is set on the famous holiday, but that movie isn’t really about the title’s namesake. Trick r’ Treat captures everything I love about Halloween – the spooks, legends, decorations, costumes, and the desire in people to be something they’re not.

The anthology is divided into four interwoven stories: 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 (thanks IMDB!). All the stories are somehow connected and they are all told out of chronological order. This makes for a fun viewing experience – when you spot something unusual you just know it’s going to come back in a big way to explain itself.

The movie’s cast is a fun bunch – led by a younger Anna Paquin and a hilarious Dylan Baker. Trick r’ Treat had a terrible journey to DVD/Blu-Ray and was completely left out of theaters because of behind-the-scenes squabbles. It’s a shame – moviegoers missed out on a truly unique Halloween experience.

Friday Faceoff: Rise of the Planet of the Apes vs. The Change-Up

Posted in Friday Faceoff with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2011 by judsonw

The summer movie season is finally coming to a close and that usually means that the studios dump the films they have the least confidence in after months of tent pole movies. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (80% RT rating) has every reason to be awful. It’s a prequel to a movie series that hasn’t had an installment since Tim Burton’s remake in 2001 and just screams cash grab. And that awful, awful title. However, the word of mouth has been surprisingly excellent, with a lot of the praise going to the incredible WETA effects and Andy Serkis’ motion capture performance. Maybe we’re in for one of the summer’s best blockbusters?

The Change-Up (23% RT rating), on the other hand, looks like the most formulaic, unfunny mainstream comedy. Two drastically different people switch bodies and come to terms with the fact that their original life is something to cherish. How many times has this story been told? Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds may be able to make the material fun, but honestly, we’re on the cusp of Ryan Reynolds overexposure.

Winner:

Rise of the

Planet of

the Apes