A couple of years back I saw a trailer for Trick 'r Treat, a small horror film that explored several Halloween mythologies in a series of vignettes. Don't blow out jack-o-lanterns before midnight and those sorts of little legends. I was especially creeped out by the character Sam, a tiny trick-or-treater in a chilling burlap pumpkin mask. I waited for this treasure to hit theaters, but the day never came. Eventually I figured I'd just missed its release and that I'd probably cross paths with the movie eventually, but now I've found that I never missed it at all. This October, Trick 'r Treat is coming straight to DVD.
Who knows whether the studio screwed up the release or if the quality of the finished product was in question, but it's pretty shocking to see Anna Paquin as one of the lead characters in a straight-to-DVD movie. Also featured is Tahmoh Penikett of Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse fame. Interestingly enough, online reviews have been very positive. Maybe this will turn into one of those cult gems that the studio just couldn't figure out how to market.