The Best Cultist Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best cultist movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Trick 'r Treat

A Halloween night turns into a blood bath for different groups of people connected to each other.

 

United States
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Supernatural
Anthology
Festivity: 
Halloween
Tale Amount: 
7
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
Legend: 
Urban Legend

Opening

A couple pick a fight on Halloween night.

The Principal

A school principal lures a child with candy.

The School Bus Massacre Revisited

Teenagers pull a prank on their friend.

Surprise Party

A party in a remote location turns into a surprise event.

Meet Sam

A small creature punishes a man for not following the rules of Halloween.

Conclusion

A hermit distributes candy to scary trick-or-treaters.

7.04
One hell of a treat!
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8
4
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3

Opening

The Principal

The School Bus Massacre Revisited

Surprise Party

Meet Sam

Conclusion

Plot
Dialogue
Pace
This is one of the best horror anthology films ever made. It is right up there with Creepshow and Trilogy of Terror. It sets itself apart from the norm by the way it intertwines 6 segments. Things happen before, during and after another, and we’re never sure in which order. The script is brilliantly layered in a way to juxtapose stories seamlessly. Michael Dougherty orchestrates this like a king.
The photography is so precise and so optimized that Dougherty earns our attention from frame one. The scary parts are scary, the build-up is outstanding, the gore striking, the stories original and the twists surprising. Gore feels real and so does the rest of the effects. Trick ‘r Treat’s major flaw is that its tales feel incomplete despite an intention to innovate with a new kind of narrative.
Story 1 doesn’t stand on its own but sets the tone nicely. Story 2 is about a man who gives a kid poisoned candy. Story 3 follows a bunch of teenagers who play a prank on a friend. Story 4 is about a special party in a remote location. Story 5 introduces a small demonic character who will teach a hermit a lesson. This is the best story in the pack. Story 6 ties the last lose ends nicely.
Alternate Titles: 
Trick or Treat
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