A Tricky Treat
A man is kidnapped on Halloween night by a very strange family and his fate lies in the hands of the two children.
Kamal John Iskander
Leonard Waldner as Victim
Steve Brewster as Dad
Andrea Fletcher s Mom
Where in the world was this beauty back in October? I spent Halloween 2015 scouring the planet for every holiday themed short known to man, and while I uncovered a handful of riveting works, it would have been nice to have the chance to catch this one, because it’s an extremely successful film. A Tricky Treat may not have the masses buzzing just yet, but give it time. I’d imagine the plan is to promote the hell out of this booger come October since it wasn’t readily available (if it was it somehow eluded me) last year.
Patricia Chica directs the picture, which does a stellar job of turning an age old tradition on its head. I’d love to break down the details of the movie, but at roughly three minutes run time, it’s impossible to say much without assassinating a grand finale. And it is indeed grand and gruesome with a strong dash of humor in the mix.
The look of the picture is great. It’s crisp, it’s clean. It puts every micro to shame, no doubt, and ranks among the finer polished short films I’ve seen in the last few years. The last few years, keep in mind, have turned out some amazing short films. It’s hard to call any of that a surprise, as Chica has a wealth of experience shooting shorts, in fact, she’s got nearly 30 under her belt. She’s had the time to hone her craft and learn how to create truly compelling material.
We don’t need you spending more time reading a review of the film than you will watching it, so we’ll keep this breakdown brief and get right to the point. A Tricky Treat captures the essence of the season wonderfully. It’s got the appearance of a highly refined piece and the editing and ultimate payoff are truly superb. This is an immediate favorite, and if you’re a fan of the short film seek it out, it may find a home on your own personal favorite list.