On October 13th, FANGORIA and the Two Boot Pioneer theatre hosting a FREE double-feature screening of quite possibly the 2 best genre films of this year. Michael Dougherty’s long awaited (and delayed) TRICK ‘R TREAT, and the Swedish vampire flick LET THE RIGHT ONE IN from filmmaker Tomas Alfredson. TRICK ‘R TREAT was scheduled to begin at 7PM, and long lines could be seen forming outside the Pioneer Theatre as early as 5PM… (Con’t)
The theater was filled to maximum capacity with some patrons watching the entire movie standing in the back, and a slew of other fans turned away at the door. Despite it all, the film played to an enthusiastic crowd & not one person left for the following Q & A session with Dougherty and the film’s star Dylan Baker. It’s safe to say that TRICK ‘R TREAT is one of the greatest Halloween-themed horror movies ever made, and everyone lucky enough to be in attendance seemed to love it. (Our FIRST LOOK review will be up shortly!) Tony Timpone, editor-in-chief for FANGORIA magazine moderated the Q & A session… (Con’t)
Dougherty explained the origins of the film. How it started out as several short film ideas and how he eventually melded them into the script for TRICK ‘R TREAT. Of note is that Stan Winston was the first person to really support & get behind the script, and the two even came up with the original designs for "Sam". (Particularly the Sam face underneath the mask.)
Sadly Warner Brothers still has no immediate plans to release TRICK ‘R TREAT theatrically, which is a terrible, terrible shame because it should be in theaters right now! This movie seriously got me so into the Halloween spirit and I can’t imagine people not wanting to check this out in October. Not every one wants to see the SAW movies in October. The main reason for the delay is apparently not knowing exactly how to market it, (well, d’uh? Try releasing it on Halloween?) and that it’s an anthology and rather dark. (Isn’t horror supposed to be?) … (Con’t)
Dougherty also talked about being a fan of Dylan Baker’s from HAPPINESS and how that performance convinced him that Baker would be perfect for the role of Steven the "Principle" (which of course he was). He also told the audience he’d love to tackle either a sequel and or prequel if this first film would ever get a release! … (Con’t)
As soon as the Q & A session was over, we had to exit the theater and get back on line again for LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. We were shocked to discover an even bigger line waiting for us outside! I asked the gentleman behind me where he heard about the screening and he said he just happened to walk by and saw it on the marquee. … (Con’t)
Once again, the theater was filled to the max with several patrons standing in the back the entire time. I had already seen the movie once (read FIRST LOOK REVIEW HERE!), but I was excited at the prospect of seeing it with an audience and on the big screen.
Fellow audience members will have to forgive me for the following – Having already seen the movie, I noticed at the 20 minute mark that the projectionist missed an entire reel and the movie jumped ahead by almost 20 minutes, leaving out tons of pivital plot points in the story. I immediately ran out to tell the theater programmer and they ended up stopping the film and putting on the appropriate reel. In typical New York fashion, once the 3rd reel repeated, the entire impatient audience was sighing aloud not having realized that they were watching the movie in the appropriate order now. (Hey, it’s a foreign film! You have to have patience.) Regardless of the slight flub, the film worked incredibly well with an audience, and it made for a fantastic double feature.
Multiple kudos to both FANGORIA and the Two Boots for putting on what appeared to be their biggest screenings ever.
TRICK ‘R TREAT was written & directed by Michael Dougherty (X-MEN 2, SUPERMAN RETURNS), produced by Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN) and stars Quinn Lord, Brian Cox (RED, MANHUNTER, X-MEN 2), Leslie Bibb (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, IRON MAN), Dylan Baker (SPIDER-MAN 2, HAPPINESS), Rochelle Aytes, Anna Paquin (from HBO’s TRUE BLOOD), Moneca Delain, Lauren Lee Smith, Tahmoh Penikett, Lauren Lee Smith, Britt McKillip, Isabelle Deluce, Jean-Luc Bilodeau & Samm Todd.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Låt den rätte komma in) was directed by Tomas Alfredson from a script by John Ajvide Lindqvist (and based on his original novel of the same name) and stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragner, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord & Mikael Rahm.