Trick

A detective tries to track down a mass murderer who is terrorizing a small town.
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United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Festivity: 
Halloween
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Trickster: 
Impostor
6
Trick and treat!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Performances
Plot
Effects
This is a film by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, with special effects by Gary J. Tunnicliffe, starring Omar Epps, Ellen Adair, Jamie Kennedy, and Tom Atkins. Combine this dream team with an extreme first act that shows you everything you need to see to decide if you’re on board; abundant gore, mass murder, masked killer, tight pacing, and you’re in for a ride.
Trick is, in a nutshell, the ultimate post-Scream Halloween-themed slasher. It has quite the body count. A lot of this film involves people investigating and theorizing about who the killer is and how he defies death. This marks another step in the evolution of the slasher subgenre. It’s convoluted though. Don’t blink or you’ll be wondering what the hell you just watched.
As much as I like to praise this film, it lost its appeal every time it reminded me of Saw. It’s also hard to sympathize for cops, who seem to be a target of choice for the killer. He’s got reasons. It’s part of the enigma. I preferred the teen angle to the procedural. The thing with Trick is that it challenges the horror status quo, but you can’t redefine standards without hurting a few butts...
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