260) Trick 'R Treat (2008) Dir: Matthew Dougherty Date Released (DTV): October 2009 Date Seen: October 24, 2009 Rating: 2/5
Writer/director Matthew Dougherty's Trick 'R Treat left me feeling as listless as most critics felt about Dougherty's introverted Superman Returns script. It's very self-assured, moderately clever but completely lifeless and distractingly mechanical. Certain segments almost made me want to rise to the bait of feeling satisfied in seeing that people that don't respect the holiday are punished. But I didn't because there I never felt like there were anything at stake here. None of the mock-serious O. Henry morals that cap off the vignettes in the myriad omnibus films based on or influenced by Tales from the Crypt are this anesthetized in their macabre humor. Shrug.