It’s been nearly two years since the night of extreme disappointment, when a free advance screening of Michael Dougherty‘s Trick ‘r Treat imploded. At least for me. Scheduled for 7pm; I arrive at the miniscule Bowery-area theater around 6:15pm, not thinking that the event would be all that swamped. It’s a little-known horror film that has been abused and left for dead by Warner Bros. since October ’07; who else but the few people logging on to Fangoria‘s website knew about this screening? Apparently, an additional 400 people, waiting outside on line over an hour early for a venue that only seats 150 heads.
Needless to say, I was shut out. And bitter as all hell.
A few nights ago, I picked Trick ‘r Treat up on DVD, after a two-year waiting process to see the damn movie. And you know what? It met damn near every expectation I’ve had for it, some even unrealistic, frankly. I’m a fiend for horror anthology films, and, I’m happy to say, this one ranks high on the list. Over at Critics Notebook, I’ve gone in (in a positive way):