Thursday, April 21, 2016

A TRICKY TREAT (Short Film Review)

I had felt like I was about to watch something that  I had clearly seen before. Michael Dougherty's Trick R Treat was a brilliant anthology picture that set the bar very high for Halloween Horror and not just as as compilation of vignettes. One of the segments features a very unusual father and son relationship that involves murder, candy and pumpkin carving. As I started to watch A Tricky Treat for it's three minute run time, I immediately connected it with this story in Dougherty's masterpiece. I thought I had figured the whole story out. I was almost put off by what I considered to be a direct connection to a favorite movie of mine... until it happened...

Patricia Chica went for the gore gross out and had a fun time doing it, combining the classic tradition of pumpkin carving with a homicidal family. It makes for an exciting visual experience that works in tandem with the the story from Trick R Treat rather than overstepping its bounds. I can't even know for certain whether Chica has seen Trick R Treat and the differences outweigh the similarities. I won't say exactly what A Tricky Treat shows, but it does shows every detail, everything left out in Trick R Treat that didn't even really focus on this particular element of that story. Furthermore the twist at the end is fun and funny and was unexpected. It sets A Tricky Treat apart as a unique vision. This could easily become a holiday tradition for me as part of a mini marathon of Halloween related short films.

As I sat eating my pizza and watching this short over lunch, I laughed out loud several times during the brief run time and was excited to write about it. It's definitely one to keep an eye out for as festival season gets underway. Unfortunately I'm only getting up my review now after the screening for the Phoenix Film Festival has already passed, but we'll try to keep you abreast of future viewing opportunities.

Maybe a connection to a well loved, fan favorite piece of Halloween Horror ain't such a bad thing. See more details on the project below and thank you to Patricia Chica and co for letting me enjoy your movie.

From the Producer:

A man is kidnapped by a very strange family, and his fate is held in the hands of two kids.
'A Tricky Treat' presents a shocking tale of the unexpected with a twist.

Leonard Waldner, Andrea Fletcher, Steve Brewster, Keira McCarthy and Marco Reilly

This shocking tale of the unexpected presents the story of a man (Leonard Waldner) who is kidnapped by a very strange family, and his fate is held in the hands of two kids. The family members are played by Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy and newcomer Marco Reilly.

A TRICKY TREAT is the first collaboration of creative duo Patricia Chica (director) and Kamal John Iskander (writer) who have been called the “Twosome Gruesome”by Ray Schillaci of the Movie Guys film critics American website. The film was shot in Los Angeles, executive produced by Tara Kurtz (Los Angeles), produced byPatricia Chica (MontrĂ©al), Grace Santos (Los Angeles) and Byron A. Martin(Toronto). Co-Executive producers are Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions (Los Angeles) and Morris Umali (Australia).

Fresh off screenings at the Phoenix Film Festival

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