October 31, 2011

31 Days of Creepy Kids, Day 31: Sam (Trick r' Treat, 2009)

As we come to the last day of October, it's only fitting that our final creepy kid is the actual spirit of Halloween. Trick 'r Treat is an absolute gem of a movie that was inexplicably shelved for years before finally seeing a DVD release. No one on this planet will ever be able to convince me that this movie couldn't have drawn people to Theaters, because in many ways, it's the quintessential Halloween movie.

Yes I know, it's blasphemy, because 1978's Halloween is the quintessential Halloween movie, and blah, blah, blah... Well it is too, but you know what? Trick 'r Treat deserves that title every bit as much as does the Carpenter Classic.

We love Halloween, Sam... so please don't kill us.
The movie takes place on Halloween night in a small town, and shows the paths of various trick-or-treaters and party-goers, as the spirit of Halloween lays waste to the wicked. *Wicked as in they don't respect Halloween, so they gotta go.

I know it sounds like were kissing ass here, but this movie really is magical. The main source of that magic is Sam; the creepy kid with the sack on his head, who just so happens to be the vengeful spirit of All Hallows' Eve... that's not necessarily a fact, but we're pretty sure that's the case. If he isn't the spirit of Halloween, then Halloween sent him here to kill. One or the other, feel free to take your pick.

Maybe he's both.
The movie is broken up into different segments, and Sam ties them all together, making subtle yet important appearances in all of them... although there's nothing subtle about his appearance in the last segment. That one is all him. Vampires, serial killers, werewolves, zombie kids, hot chicks, and ghosts; this movie has it all.

He likes to watch.
If you haven't seen this movie yet, really, go and buy it now. Netflix it, rent it, watch it on Fearnet all day today... just see it! Trick 'r Treat is to Halloween what A Christmas Story is to Christmas. We really just said that, and even more shocking is that it's a true statement. If there's such thing as a perfect Horror flick, this is it.

And really, Sam is an amazing character... who needs a sequel!


If the new shorts on Fearnet are any indication, we will be seeing more of Sam.


  1. Sam is awesome!!And I really enjoyed that film.

  2. A true overlooked gem. Hopefully in the future it will be held in the same high regard as the original "Halloween".

  3. It really is just a great movie.