Trick R Treat



         Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life.


The film is an anthology of four Halloween-related scary stories. One thing that ties the stories together is the presence of Sam, a mysterious pint-sized trick-or-treater wearing shabby orange pajamas with a burlap sack over his head, who makes an appearance in all the stories as a 'friendly-reminder' to those who break the Halloween traditions.


Emma and Henry have set up numerous ghost-scarecrows for Halloween decorations. Emma tries to blow out a jack-o'-lantern by their fence, but Henry tells her not to because it's against tradition; she blows out the jack-o'-lantern anyway. While Henry is inside waiting for Emma to take down the decorations outside, she is murdered with a pumpkin sucker by an unknown assailant hiding under one of the ghost-scarecrows. Later, Henry goes outside and finds Emma's severed head hung up on one of the ghost-scarecrows.

The Principal

Mr. Wilkins, the town principal, poisons Charlie, a boy caught stealing candy from Wilkins' porch. Wilkins buries Charlie in his backyard, along with another body, and has a run-in with his neighbor Mr. Kreeg and his dog. Later, Wilkins helps his son Billy carve a "jack-o'-lantern" in their basement, which is revealed to be Charlie's severed head.

The School Bus Massacre Revisited

Five teenagers, Macy, Schrader, Sara, Chip and Rhonda, journey to the local rock quarry where Macy tells them the local legend of "The Halloween School Bus Massacre". Thirty years ago, a school bus containing eight children, all mentally challenged and disturbed to the point of needing to be chained to their chairs, was driven into the quarry and crashed into the lake at the bottom. Their parents, no longer able to stand the strain and humiliation of caring for them, paid the bus driver to take them to the rock quarry to get rid of them. As the driver went around checking each child's restraints, one managed to get free and tried to drive the bus, only to have it plunge into the quarry lake below. The driver survived but was never heard from again, and the bus was never recovered. As the group investigates the quarry, a prank meant for Rhonda instead turns deadly when the school bus children return from the grave and kill all but Rhonda, who gets revenge against the group by escaping up the quarry's lone elevator.

Surprise Party

Laurie, a self-conscious 22-year-old "virgin", goes into the woods after deciding to separate from her group. There, she is attacked by a vampire, while her sister and her friends party nearby with men they picked up along the way. The vampire's body suddenly drops from a tree into the party and Laurie appears. The "vampire" is revealed to be Wilkins in disguise wearing fake teeth. The girls at the party, along with Laurie, suddenly transform into werewolves and devour their dates along with Wilkins.

Meet Sam

Kreeg, a cantankerous, Halloween-hating, old man lives alone with his dog, Spite. While in his house, Kreeg is attacked by a small boy, Sam. During the struggle, Kreeg rips off the sack over Sam's head to reveal his head to be a cross between a jack-o-lantern and a skull. Kreeg gains the upper hand when he manages to fire his shotgun at Sam, seemingly killing him. As Kreeg dials 911, Sam attacks him again, stabbing him with a pumpkin sucker which lodges in a candy bar sitting on Kreeg's chest. Sam proceeds to eat the candy bar and then leaves the house. Meanwhile, pictures burning in a nearby fireplace are not all burnt and a class photo of the children from the bus accident and the bus driver, Kreeg himself, sit next to the flames.


Bandaged and bruised from his encounter with Sam, Kreeg answers his door to give candy to some children. While on his porch he sees Sam go to Emma and Henry's house just as she is blowing out the jack-o'-lantern. Having escaped, Rhonda walks across the street and is almost hit by the laughing, human-form werewolf girls in their car. Young Billy is sitting on his porch handing out candy wearing a "Principal Wilkins" costume. Kreeg then walks back inside when the bell rings again. He opens the door to find the kids from the bus massacre standing there with their bags outstretched. The ending is rendered as comic-book pages showing the bus driver's fate at the hands of the zombie children.











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Directed by Michael Dougherty
Produced by Michael Dougherty
Bryan Singer
Thomas Tull
Jon Jashni
Bill Fay
Dan Harris
Alex Garcia
Peter Lhotka
Written by Michael Dougherty
Starring Brian Cox
Dylan Baker
Anna Paquin
Leslie Bibb
Rochelle Aytes
Tahmoh Penikett
Moneca Delain
Music by Douglas Pipes
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Legendary Pictures
Release date(s) 2009
Running time 100 minutes
Language English
Budget $12 million