Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn't know crap about the horror genre, and she's volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she's willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are THE GORE GIRLS!!! Good luck Terri... you're definitely going to need it.
Have you ever seen "Creepshow"? Think of "Trick 'r Treat" as a sort of Halloween-themed homage, a spiritual successor with none of the same players and an entirely different intent. It's an anthology movie, four discrete stories set on the same block in a sleepy little suburban town one Halloween night. Was it creepy enough to scare the Gore Girls? Hit the jump to find out!
Terri: I felt "Trick 'R Treat" was kind of a mess. It had werewolves, zombies and a pumpkin monster, with no real coherence connecting the three. But in that sense, I really liked it. From the start they set you up with the comic book feel of the movie, and I think the idea of have numerous but not necessarily connected bad guys lends itself to the comic book idea.
Jenni: Right, like "Creepshow" (which I, uh, haven't seen...). But I think the stories could have been interwoven better, rather than the characters just passing each other on the street. I also agree that the comic book intro and things give you a feel for how it's supposed to be sort of goofy and fun, so it's hard to expect something really meaty from it. However, I think that it's a shame that it was sent direct to DVD.
Jenni: And Stacy Gibb. And also, a kid with a sack on his head equals always creepy.
Terri: He was awesome! Also, how adorable was the principal's son? Shame his dad had to, you know, be a murderer. And then eaten by werewolves.
Jenni: The whole virgin/menstrual/dark woods/Red Riding Hood thing is good. I liked "Ginger Snaps" better though, when it came to that sort of discussion.
Terri: Did you find the movie scary?
Terri: I didn't either. Though I did jump at a couple of parts. Sometimes I felt like I was trying too hard to connect all the pieces of the film.
Jenni: Yeah, it's just supposed to be fun, which I can dig. I mean, the violence is silly, it's not that scary, but it's about candy and sight gags (ahem, you know the scenes I mean) and Jack 'o' Lanterns. It needed more story, I think.
Terri: I agree.
Jenni: It was supposed to be in theaters two years ago, and it's been screened at different festivals, and the horror community has really embraced it, so I don't know why it was never released theatrically. I hope that local theaters will play it on Halloween next year!
Terri: I feel like this is the movie you want to see the day before Halloween. That way when Halloween comes around, you're especially freaked out.
Jenni: It's a fun party movie. But I didn't love it. Have some people over, drink some beers, watch the movie the night before Halloween to get in the spirit!