TRICK 'R TREAT To Make Its West Coast Debut

At last, L.A. horror fans can see the highly-anticipated Trick 'r Treat at the 2008 Screamfest.
Though a full year late, it appears that Michael Dougherty's long-delayed feature directorial debut Trick 'r Treat finally will see the light of day. The horror anthology flick is scheduled to make its L.A. premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as the opening act of the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, which runs October 10-19.

Screenwriter Dougherty (X-Men 2, Superman Returns), whose Deadtime Stories won the fest's 2003 animated short award, will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A session.

The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil, and, in Trick 'r Treat, one small town is taught a terrifying lesson: some traditions are best not forgotten. The tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as creatures of every variety try to survive the scariest night of the year.

Produced by Bryan Singer, Alex Garcia and Dougherty's frequent writing partner Dan Harris, the film stars Oscar winner Anna Paquin with Dylan Baker, Leslie Bibb, Tahmoh Penikett, Moneca Delain, Lauren Lee Smith and Brian Cox.

Trick 'r Treat originally was announced for a 2007 Halloween debut. Warner Bros even included a "first look" teaser on the 300 DVD. But, despite a smattering of early test screenings and festival appearances, the studio has held the flick in distribution limbo.

Close on the heels of the Hollywood bow, Fangoria will host a free screening of Trick 'r Treat at New York City’s Two Boots Pioneer Theater on Monday, October 13, marking the film’s East Coast premiere.

Fangoria’s MATT KIERNAN, who caught an advance preview late last year in Austin, TX, wrote, "Trick 'r Treat is, first and foremost, an entertainment and nothing more—an unpretentious, light-hearted (but never cutesy) and blackly comic movie."

[Original posting by MR. DISGUSTING. Thanks also to Variety's ANDREW STEWART and Fangoria's TONY TIMPONE.]
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