After literally years of waiting, we watched Trick 'r Treat last night. Since the blu-ray we purchased hadn't arrived yet, we hit up the local blockbuster and were happy to see that every dvd was already rented out (word-of-mouth is a wonderful thing). Only one blu-ray remained. Pretty impressive since it was only 4 PM. We snatched up the disc and hurried home.
It was strange to finally have something in my hands that we've all been talking about for so long. God knows how many times I've watched the trailer or have studied the promotional art and stills. I joked with Bean, "What do we do? When do we watch it?"
I'm very VERY happy to report that it was worth the wait. It's easy to say that Trick 'r Treat is the most visually pleasing Halloween film I've ever seen. Enchanting images that made us wish we lived in that town. It was Halloween overload. Every frame included something I wanted to study, and I look forward to repeated viewings to take it all in - jack o'lanterns, cornfields, scarecrows, Halloween parades, costumes, decorations, and elaborate yard haunts.
Michael Dougherty is a fantastic director and his love for Halloween is everywhere in his film. He's also the film's writer and his anthology's stories flow seamlessly. He's made a film that will be added to the Halloween season's list of required viewing.
Leaves fall like snow in Trick 'r Treat. And it's magic.