Writer: Patrick Lussier, Todd Farmer (Screenplay)
Starring: Omar Epps, Ellen Adair, Jamie Kennedy, Tom Atkins, Alex Breaux, Vanessa Aspillaga, Kristina Reyes
Plot: A no-nonsense detective tries to track down a mass murderer named Trick, who is terrorizing a small town.
Tagline – Always Choose Treat
Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Splattering Good Time
Story: Trick starts at a Halloween party, where one of the students Trick (Niemann) butchers many of the students, before getting left in hospital, waiting for questions from Det Mike Denver (Epps) and Sheriff Lisa Jayne (Adair), only to get shot and disappearing.
On the anniversary of the attack, Trick returns to massacre another party, returning the year with no capture, here he gets to toy with Denver who is left to prove the killer is still out there and spend his time trying to capture the killer.
Thoughts on Trick
Characters – Detective Mike Denver was investigating the original attack and has never been convince the killer was killed after a body was never found, when the attacks continue, he continues his investigation causing him to lose his job and being the person the killer wants to play games with. Trick is the masked killer that snapped and butchered a party before continuing his massacre over the years, despite being shot multiple times, the killer is meant to be a student, only everyone thinks he died, now the games have ramped up becoming more deadly, where it taunts the victims. Sheriff Lisa Jayne also is working on the hunt for the killer, knowing it would be difficult to see the killer still standing, but must listen to Denver’s case. Cheryl was one of the survivors of the original attack, she has tried to move on with her life, until this year, she becomes the target of his rampage.
Performances – Omar Epps in the leading role is strong, despite being like nearly every cop we have seen in horror films, if we are honest it is the actions of the killer that makes this film more interesting, while none of the acting sets the world a light in the genre of horror.
Story – The story follows a serial killer that strikes on Halloween, has been creating yearly massacres and mocking the police that constantly fail to capture him. This is a horror story that isn’t afraid to show us all the gore, with how the killer is happily mocking the killers with daylight attacks, it might follow the formula of trying to suggest who the killer might be, keeping us guessing along the way. It might well go for too much by the end, but getting there is the most important part and by not holding back we get plenty to deal with, only question is, why after two massacres didn’t the town ban any form of Halloween celebrations.
Horror – The horror comes from the killer’s actions and just how they don’t hold back with anything they do, with blood flying everywhere.
Settings – The film does use the settings to show how a town has become tormented by the killer, though everything seems to be carrying on like normal here, with the creation of how the kills happen relying on location for added effect.
Scene of the Movie – The dock sequence.
Final Thoughts – This is a blood-filled horror that doesn’t hold back, even if it does end up getting caught up in trying to shock us with the story too much.
Overall: Splatter Packed.
Trick will be available on Digital Download from 30th March