The Horror Obsessive Podcast: Trick ‘r Treat

If you listened to the previous episode of The Horror Obsessive Podcast, the title of this episode might come as a bit of a surprise. My cohost Sean Parker and I were supposed to be joined by Michelle Iannantuono, the director of Livescreamers, along with some of the film’s cast to talk about the 1985 comedy mystery Clue. Still, as you can see, that didn’t happen. We ran into a few unexpected bumps in the road, so we had to postpone that discussion until the second half of the month. But don’t worry, we didn’t leave you hanging. Sean and I got into the Halloween spirit and recorded an episode about one of the most significant anthology films ever made: Trick ‘r Treat.

Trick ‘r Treat tells five spooky stories that center around beloved Halloween traditions, but there’s a bit of a twist. They all occur in the same town and on the same night, so they intertwine much more than you might expect. To take just a couple of examples, characters often appear in more than one segment, and there’s even a scene that gives us a tiny sneak preview of a story still to come.

Kids in costumes on a bus

It’s a cool idea executed just about perfectly, and throughout our conversation, we go over everything we love about it. For instance, we talk about how this movie honors Halloween and its central traditions, the stories’ subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) undertones of urban chaos, and the loveable little demon named Sam. On top of that, we also cover some of the best and most exciting news to hit the horror world in the last two weeks, like the recent releases of The Exorcist: Believer, Totally Killer, and When Evil Lurks.

And as always, if you enjoyed listening to us talk about Trick’ r Treat, join us again in two weeks when we finally welcome Michelle Iannantuono and her crew to talk about their film Livescreamers and some of the surprising ways the murder mystery comedy, Clue influenced it.

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Written by JP Nunez

JP Nunez is a lifelong horror fan. From a very early age, he learned to love monsters, ghosts, and all things spooky, and it's still his favorite genre today.

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