Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.
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With Trick r' Treat's best trait in the seamless editing, the meatier runtime makes its twists slightly lesser gimmicky punchlines, even if they still are. Each story is a fresh spin on traditional tropes and each is played straight despite many of their humorful concepts, with fair results. Flawed due to being too buildup heavy rather than action/horror, but it's a bit better than that overrated Doughtery anthology.
Perhaps I'm a couple of months late for this new Christmas horror film. Interwoven seasonal anthology film does have its moments and other than the terrible dj interludes with William Shatner (!!) it does offer some seasonal thrills. Nothing special and certainly not a new annual watch.
I mostly can't pretend this story really ascends 'average' for the most part. I'd say the asylum story possibly turns out the weakest in the end because this style of filmmaking doesn't really serve the concept it's working with (it's more suited to found footage). Setting that aside, the horror is drowned out by conceptual weirdness. The Santa story has an amazing ending, however. Far from a necessary watch, though.