TRICK OR TREATS
It is fairly clear that Gary Graver took his inspiration from the slasher films of the day. The plot heavily echoes key films of the era such as Halloween (1978) and When a Stranger Calls (1979) the maniac who escapes from the asylum and is determined to return home on Halloween night; his making taunting phone calls to the babysitter while she is alone in the house. All that seems missing is the pursuing detective/psychiatrist determined to stop the killer at all costs.
Gary Graver is not much of a director. In terms of style, he is workmanlike and Trick or Treats lacks anything in the way of memorable jolts. The film is also structured wrong comparing it to its nearest likeness Halloween, nearly 70 minutes of the running time here is taken up by Jackelyn Giroux settling into the babysitting job and dealing with Chris Gravers pranks, interspersed with cuts back to the asylum and Peter Jason planning his escape. The scenes with Peter Jason in the house threatening Jackelyn Giroux only come in the last twenty minutes. Most of the show is taken up by the scenes of Chris Graver (Garys son) and his pranks, where it must be said that Graver Jr plays obnoxiousness to perfection.
The one thing that should be complemented is that Gary Graver has managed to obtain some great casting cameos, including from Carrie Snodgress as the mother; David Carradine as her second husband; Steve Raislback who was considered quite a hot name in the day and appears as Jackelyn Girouxs boyfriend (he was her husband in real life); director Paul Bartel of Death Race 2000 (1975) and Eating Raoul (1982) fame as a wino whose clothes Peter Jason steals; Catherine Coulson, later famous as the Log Lady in Twin Peaks (1990-1, 2017), as the nurse whose uniform Jason steals; and John Blyth Barrymore, one of the great acting Barrymore family, as the doctor at the asylum.
Trick or Treats should not be confused with several other films with the same title, including the heavy metal horror film Trick or Treat (1986) and the subsequent Halloween horror anthology Trick R Treat (2008).
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