Trick 'r Treat (2007) Poster


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Most of the Jack O' Lanterns were made out of either foam or ceramic. An on-set joke was that no pumpkins were harmed during the making of this movie.
Little people were used to fill in for kids trick or treating, since this film was shot mainly at night and real kids could not work these hours.
Characters from each story are frequently seen in the background of stories they are not involved with. This is to help piece together the chronology of the movie.
Won the 2009 Fright Meter Award for Best Horror Movie.
The look of Brian Cox's character is based on Halloween (1978) and The Thing (1982) director John Carpenter.
The film is based on Michael Dougherty's animated short film Season's Greetings (1996), which debuted the character of Sam.
The film was originally slated to be released in October 2007 for a Halloween release. Warner Bros., without explanation or reason, pulled the film from the schedule and no reschedule date was announced. One reason might have been that Saw IV (2007) was slated for release around the same time and Warner Bros. did not want to compete against it in fears of a big opening against them. Another possible reason the film was buried by the studio was that it was possible fallout from the box office disappointment of Superman Returns (2006), which was co-written by Trick 'r Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty and both produced and directed by Bryan Singer, whose production company produced this film. There was brief talk that the film would finally be released around Halloween 2008 and possibly early 2009 but neither release ever materialized. The film was finally released straight to DVD in October 2009.
The film had many title changes before filming began. Originally titled Season's Greetings (also the name of the short film), it was changed because it sounded too much like a Christmas film. Then it was called Halloween Terrors, Jack O' Lantern Tales, October the 31st, and Trick or Treat. The final title was kept but since there was already a movie of the same name out, they changed the spelling to Trick 'r Treat.
The name of the character Sam is derived from Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival of the dead from which modern-day Halloween is derived. Despite having been portrayed as such in this film and several other works, Samhain is not a deity or other personage of ancient Celtic polytheism; it is only the name of the celebration. However, the idea of being either a deity or other personage dates back to at least the late first century, largely thanks to an Irish bishop named Cormac mac Cuilennàin and his book "Sanas Cormaic" (Irish Gaelic for "Cormac's Narrative"), which had identified Samhain as such.
Movie reference: Mr. Kreeg says "you've got to be fucking kidding me" when he sees part of the supernatural killer (its hand) operating independently from his body... This is a nod to a similar scene in John Carpenters remake of "The Thing" (1982).
Dylan Baker won the 2009 Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
The bottle of booze in the old man's house which ends up being smashed and wielded as a weapon is labeled Glen MacPherson a.k.a. The director of photography.
The Rock Quarry was originally conceived to be a pumpkin patch.
C. Ernst Harth has a cameo as Laurie's blind date, the 'Giant Baby'. In Thir13en Ghosts (2001), he played the ghost called 'The Great Child', also a giant baby. Both films are Warner Bros. releases.
Michael Dougherty won the 2009 Fright Meter for Best Director.
Characters and imagery from Trick 'r Treat (2007) can be seen in a "scare zone" at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights in 2017, as well as music from the film.
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In "The School Bus Massacre Revisited" a 1958 Plymouth Fury from the movie Christine can be seen. An obvious nod to the John Carpenter movie and Stephen King novel.
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Billy is dressed similar to Chucky from Child's Play. Bib overalls, striped long sleeve shirt, and red hair.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the girls are buying their costumes, Danielle tells her date to meet them at "Sheep's Meadow." This foreshadows their later reveal as werewolves as it plays off the idiom, "A wolf in sheep's clothing."
All the werewolves in this film were created by Tatopoulos Studios, the same studio that brought you the Lycans in the Underworld trilogy.
In the scene when Laurie and her friends reveal that they are werewolves the background music plays Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson which is also played in a scene and in the ending credits of House On Haunted Hill (1999), later on Mr. Kreeg flips through a few channels and one of the channels is playing House On Haunted Hill (1959)
The chocolate bar that saves Mr. Kreeg's (Brian Cox) life in the climactic fight scene by stopping him from being stabbed by Sam is labeled as a "LHOTKA" bar, the last name of the Co-Producer, Peter Lhotka.
During the scene when Laurie's sister calls her while she sits alone in the street, in the background at the campfire, a remix of the song "Cry Little Sister" can be heard playing. That song was part of the soundtrack to the 1980's classic The Lost Boys. This was possibly used as both a nod to that movie as well as a foreshadowing of what was to become of the victims at the bonfire, as The Lost Boys contained a scene in which a group of young men were massacred by vampires at a bonfire similar to the one in this film.
Anna Paquin plays a werewolf dressed as Little Red Riding hood. In the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, she is eaten by a wolf.
Several of the cast members have appeared in other productions based on Marvel Comics. Anna Paquin has played Rogue four "X-Men" movies. (X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Brian Cox also appeared in X2 (2003), playing William Stryker. Dylan Baker played Dr. Curt Connors aka "The Lizard" in both Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Leslie Bibb played reporter Christine Everhart in Iron Man (2008). Moneca Delain appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). And both Lauren Lee Smith and Quinn Lord have appeared in different episodes of Blade: The Series (2006)

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