A Tricky Treat (2015) Short Film Review

A TRICKY TREAT logoA Tricky Treat (2015) Short Film Review

Director – Patricia Chica

Executive Producer – Tara Kurtz

Written By – Kamal John Iskander

Starring – Leonard Waldner, Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy, Marco Reilly.

Running Time – 3 Minutes

A man is kidnapped and then beheaded by the father of a family. He then has the top of his head removed and the children playfully scoop out the brains, pop out his dead eyes from their sockets and yank out his still warm tongue. But the deal breaker is the final scene which is a complete triumph.

A TRICKY TREAT Still Leonard Waldner 01A Tricky Treat is set on Halloween and the family commit this atrocity in the name of their own annual Halloween ‘tradition’ . Firstly the effects are top-notch with stomach turning visuals and equally bile raising sound effects. The story is packed into just THREE minutes with 1 minute of this on credits. So it is a remarkable feat that such a short film can pack such a awe-inspiring punch and look so damn polished.

A Tricky Treat does more in three minutes than many modern horror features could ever wish for. It is a playful twist on Halloween that made me laugh out loud in the final scene. As a huge fan of short filmmaking I must say that A Tricky Treat is right up there with the best. Aesthetically wonderful, a fantastic story and quite literally eye popping effects make A Tricky Treat an absolute joy.

A MUST SEE this festival season and I for one have put director Patricia Chica and executive producer Tara Kurtz on my ‘look out for in the future’ list, as they have created something very very special here.

9/10

A Tricky Treat, the new horror-comedy directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica and executive produced by Tara Kurtz will launch at the Short Film Corner of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. The director and producers will be on-hand for screenings at the festivals Film Market.

Links for more information –

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ATrickyTreat

Website – http://patriciachica.wix.com/website

Twitter – https://twitter.com/PatriciaChica

IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4278908/

31 Days of Horror: #30 – Hocus Pocus

31 Days of Horror: #30 – Hocus Pocus

Your daily bitesized guide to the films you should be watching this Halloween season…

HPHocus Pocus (1993)

Directed by Kenny Ortega
Written by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, story by Mick Garris & David Kirschner

Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy

There simply cannot be a Halloween discussion without mentioning the one, the only, Hocus Pocus. Full disclosure – this film must be watched, in its entirety, each and every time it’s broadcast on television (which is a lot), regardless of what time of year it is. But, on Halloween night, it’s particularly special. Long the chosen flick for exhausted trick ‘r’ treaters, intent on getting through their sacks of sweets before the night was out, Hocus Pocus takes on a special quality in adulthood. The tale of three, ancient witches, brought back to life in the modern day by some unsuspecting teenagers is somehow even more magical the older one gets.

Hocus Pocus is like a big, warm blanket we can wrap around ourselves when we’re sick, tired or just fed up with being adults. But, on Halloween, it becomes something more. On Halloween, the magic of Hocus Pocus is undeniable. A film that, much like its three villains/antiheroes, does not age, Hocus Pocus is best watched with young children who, for some terrible reason, are unaware of its existence. Educate them on its brilliance before next year and watch it instantly become their favourite holiday flick.

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31 Days of Horror: #29 – Satan’s Little Helper

31 Days of Horror: #29 – Satan’s Little Helper

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SLHSatan’s Little Helper (2004)

Written & Directed by Jeff Lieberman

Starring Alexander Brickel, Katheryn Winnick, Amanda Plummer

Landing anonymously in the UK DVD market in October 2005 thanks to the now defunct regular softcore label Third Millennium, this overlooked yet quite outstanding Halloween tale deserves a place in the pantheon of Samhain favourites. Little Dougie Whooly, played brilliantly by ten year old Brickel, is a kid for which Halloween is a major highlight. Obsessed with the video game Satan’s Little Helper, he’s looking to be just that and, thanks to a marauding serial killer resplendent in a Satan outfit, his fantasy world is about to become frighteningly real.

Brickel surely delivers one of the best ‘kid in a horror film’ performances for years with his adorable demeanour of wide-eyed innocence, while Lieberman – perhaps best known for Squirm and Just Before Dawn – mixes a deliciously dark element of black humour into the picture with a protracted ruse that will have you gasping at its audacity. Ten years since its release, Satan’s Little Helper has mysteriously failed to attract the acclaim it deserves, so much so that it could well be the finest Halloween based movie that you’ve never seen.

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31 Days of Horror: #25 – Sleepy Hollow

31 Days of Horror: #25 – Sleepy Hollow

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SHSleepy Hollow (1999)

Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Andrew Kevin Walker, story Andrew Kevin Walker & Kevin Yagher, based upon The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Christopher Walken

It’s unclear why this deliciously dark slice of campy fun is so overlooked in Tim Burton’s back catalogue. Converting the classic tale of terror by Washington Irving into a playful whodoneit romp results in the perfect blend of the downright over the top and silly mixed with several choice scary moments.

The plethora of acting talent adds a great sheen of class and it is clear they are having the time of their lives with tongues very firmly in cheek. Depp’s detective, Ichabod Crane, is a fantastic fish out water performance. His cynical cowardliness and stiff-upper lip are violently stripped from him when confronted with bucket loads of blood and the genuine threat of the supernatural Headless Horseman. His numerous awkward reactions to the horrors he faces are nothing short of hilarious.

Along with superb acting, the gorgeous art style is distinctly none more gothic. The barren black forest trees, muted clothing, austere buildings and thick mists are combined with the film’s pleasantly self-aware nature that creates a wonderful ghost train. Indeed, it is evocative of a Hammer Horror. Guaranteed to inspire shrieks of both laughter and fear, Sleepy Hollow is a perfect fit for a fun Halloween viewing.

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31 Days of Horror: #19 – Trick ‘r Treat

31 Days of Horror: #19 – Trick ‘r Treat

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Trick'r TreatTrick ‘r Treat (2007)

Written & Directed by Michael Dougherty

Starring Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker

A kind of Halloween-themed movie for grown-ups – Hocus Pocus for gore-hounds perhaps? – it’s strange to think that Trick ‘r Treat is less than ten years old, so ingrained has it become in our collective subconscious. It feels like a classic horror film even though, by all accounts, it’s still fairly unknown, especially to mainstream fans. Trick ‘r Treat tends to pop up on lots of holiday best-of lists thanks, in large part, to Sam, the evil, pumpkin-headed trick ‘r’ treater who’s plastered all over the marketing material, and for which the film is most easily-recognisable.

Even when so-called norms don’t know anything about this fantastic little movie, they will recognise Sam. It’s kind of sad, because Trick ‘r Treat is the best kind of anthology film – every instalment is great. Moreover, it’s funny, creepy, gory and full of surprises – just when it seems a particular tale is about to take a certain twist, we’re thrown a curveball. The most talked-about instalment features a school principal who moonlights as a serial killer, but any of the stories could be easily chosen at random, watched and enjoyed. Definitely a party film, but is also great for a solo viewing if you’re up for something with a bit more teeth than, say, Halloweentown.

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Hocus Pocus (1993) My Halloween Tradition by Joey Keogh

Hocus Pocus posterHocus Pocus: My Halloween Tradition

By Joey Keogh

Hocus Pocus (1993)


Dir:
Kenny Ortega
Starring:
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker,Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

 

When it comes to Halloween, or indeed any time of year, really – like when I’m sick, healthy, happy, depressed or just bored – there’s one film that is guaranteed to put a smile on my face, and it has done since I was a weird little kid.

I can’t recall when I first watched ‘Hocus Pocus’ but its effect hasn’t worn off since. It is, quite literally, my go-to film, regardless of the occasion, and I will watch it each and every time it is shown on Film4 (which is, luckily, A LOT).

At the same time, it is undoubtedly my first choice for Halloween, because, for me, it is the most Halloween-y of all the Halloween films, including ‘Halloween’, which has far less trick-or-treating, and not nearly enough candy.

There are certain, “classic” horror movies, that are considered appropriate for the spookiest holiday – ‘Halloween’, of course, ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’, ‘Scream’, ‘The Bridges Of Madison County’ (if you don’t get that joke, I hate you) – but nothing compares to the magic of ‘Hocus Pocus’.

Especially at Halloween, it creates this warmth, this fuzziness, in my tummy that makes me feel completely at home, like the characters being represented onscreen are my people (I used to feel the same way about the chicks in ‘The Craft’, but for very different, very Goth-related reasons).

Perhaps it’s because it’s a nineties movie, and the bullies dress just like me, in plaid, leather and Docs, or maybe it’s down to the fact that it boasts the most hilariously wonderful villains imaginable, for whom it is impossible not to root.

hocus-pocusIt could be because it pitches, as dreamboat Max notes, “three ancient hags against the twentieth century”, which allows for numerous, truly genius lines, developed from misunderstandings, like how firemen are witch hunters, because they dress in black robes, and “carry axes to chop the wood to burn us”.

Though it’s quite a dark premise for a kids’ film, there is no end to the hilarity created by bringing the witches back from the dead, and even when it doesn’t really make sense (check the many goofs on IMDb), it’s too much fun to over-think.

‘Hocus Pocus’ is the perfect Halloween movie. Not only is it set on the holiday itself, but it incorporates everything that’s great about it, from trick-or-treating, to dressing up, eating sweets, and hanging out in cemeteries (all things that are also super fun about being Goth).

Not to mention, the wisecracking black cat, with an over-the-top English accent, three witches who perform dance routines at the drop of a pointy hat, and all of the other spooky shit that we, as children, hoped would happen to us some day, and that we fantasise about even more as grown ups, because it really is just that cool.

Even now, at 25 years of age, I still find the film ridiculously funny, exciting, and even quite tense in parts. There are elements to it are that are definitely influenced by genre flicks, such as, in particular, the zombie with his mouth sewn shut, or even the spell book, with a rolling eye in its cover, which is bound in human skin.

As a child, I was obsessed with being scared, and with all things spooky and weird, but until I was allowed to watch actual horror films, ‘Hocus Pocus’ sated my appetite for the macabre, and looking back, it seems like a much braver film than what is aimed towards children nowadays.

So many of the jokes went over my head until I was about 20, which means I’ve got to enjoy the film on so many other levels, and I’ve grown up with it, in a lot of ways too, because no matter what the situation, I always turn to ‘Hocus Pocus’ for comfort.

Hocus Pocus 13It may not be as scary as ‘Halloween’, or ‘The Bridges Of Madison County’, but ‘Hocus Pocus’ will always be my pick for Halloween, or indeed any time of year. Incredibly charming, magical and fun, even though it’s most definitely a nineties film, in the best possible way, it’s still completely timeless and nothing puts me in a spooky mood like it.

If you haven’t seen it, because you had no childhood to speak of, then hunt it down NOW and let it put a spell on you, too (sorry, couldn’t resist).