Thursday, September 10, 2009

straight to dvd? more like straight to my dvd collection.

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.


Pink Julep said...

I would like to see that as well!

You'd be surprised at the reason some movies go straight to DVD... there are many things that could go wrong. I used to work in a film house and we often missed out on getting movies we wanted to show because of red tape - they all went straight to DVD! Sad...

GuerillaDust said...

You know what's fucking crazy, this movie got awesome reviews, people seem to love it. Why it can't get a simple rollout like any other horror movie (most of which don't get good reviews) is beyond me. Fuck. I will be buying this the moment it comes out, and then again on bluray, or if I'm lucky enough, buying a ps3 slim and this on bluray on the same day (probably not, but still).