Last weekend, I attended my first-ever “Weekend of Horrors,” the yearly convention thrown by Fangoria magazine, the almighty beacon of all horror publications. Wearing my nerd hat with pride and vigor, I walked into NYC’s Jacob Javits Center expecting a massive eye-and-wallet-fucking orgy of badass collectibles, vintage horror comics, B-list celebs, and chicks strutting their physiques covered in fake blood and S&M get-ups. Sadly, however, what I saw in reality was a miniscule, somewhat-lackluster version of that. You had who-cares cast members from Friday the 13th sequels endlessly regurgitating facts about the franchise that any self-respecting horror head already know, side by side with old, tired-appearing has-beens looking more depressing than Randy the Ram at his autograph session in The Wrestler.
The day wasn’t a total washout, though. I was there with a friend who shares my love for the genre, so that was cool, and I just so happened to be there when Michael Dougherty (screenwriter of X2 and Superman Returns) was showing exclusive scenes from his long-delayed anthology flick Trick ‘r Treat. Set up similar to Paul Haggis’ Crash, Trick ‘r Treat weaves in four separate yet interconnected tales all taking place on Halloween night, and stars the likes Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, and Bryan Cox. There’s a magificent trailer out and about on Youtube, but the problem is that Warner Bros. has been acting like a company of pussies, delaying the film’s release for two years now, even though every person (whether a horror fan or casual moviegoer) that’s seen the film absolutely adores it. Some call it the best horror anthology of all time, even.
I had a chance to see Trick ‘r Treat last October, but, thanks to Fangoria‘s terrible RSVP policy for advance screenings, I was shut out at the front door. The scars still sting from that debacle. All good, though, because the film is officially coming out straight-to-DVD (fine by me, at this point) this October. In fear that I’d be spoiling the film in any way, I was reluctant to post this following bootleg-shot clip, one of the three scenes shown at the “Weekend of Horrors,” but it’s too great to bypass. Besides, I can’t see this not enticing those who’ve yet to hear about Trick ‘r Treat to get excited. If so, that’d be a mission accomplished on my end. [Nine minute Trick R Treat clip, after the jump, as well as the film’s trailer]:
Trick ‘r Treat also co-stars this girl…..Moneca Delain. No idea who she is, but I certainly wish I could “get to know her.” Get it? Wink wink. “Wanna fight about it?”