Trick makes it’s way to DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of RLJE Films on December 17th. It follows a very serious and dedicated Detective Mike Denver (played by Omar Epps) as he faces the troubling question about his past that might be causing a wave of killings during Halloween.
In the year prior, during a game of spin the knife (I don’t know why they were spinning a knife), a teen nicknamed “Trick” went on a rampage and murdered several people at a party. While handcuffed and severely injured at the hospital after his arrest, he was able to get free and, following a struggle and a gunshot from Det. Denver, he disappeared into a river, not to be found again.
However, this year, a wave of killings has been occurring and people are beginning to suspect that Trick is back to continue his murders. And it certainly seems like he has returned, people are turning up dead, and several witnesses claim to have seen him. But Denver is sure that he put a bullet to the teen and there seems to be a supernatural element to these killings…
The movie goes a long way to set itself up with a twist ending. Interestingly enough, I was actually surprised at the ending, and I was pretty damn sure that I knew what was coming. However, I just didn’t really have enough attachment to the film or it’s characters to be impacted as much as I would have liked.
It’s not that the characters are bad, per se, but they are, for the most part, very rote, so it’s hard to really latch on to any aspect of them to connect with. Also, the writing was at times very flowery. There was a lot of really great lines, but they just came so often that in the end it didn’t really feel like natural conversation.
However, it isn’t all bad for this movie, I feel like fans of B-Movies will possibly dig this. It felt pretty amateur all around, and as such, it felt more fun that usual. I just don’t quite know if that is what they were going for.
Trick does not impress in terms of picture quality. Film grain is prevalent and distracting at times, which is disappointing. This is a real missed opportunity because there was a real good range of color and they had Halloween to play around with in terms of visual contrast.
The audio track, on the other hand, was totally fine. It’s not something that I would write home about, and is limited to a 5.1 ch surround instead of Atmos, but otherwise, there were no problems to note.
This blu-ray release includes interviews with the cast and crew of the film.
Our Recommendation for Trick:
Given the plethora of Halloween horror films out there, I would say that Trick is definitely one that can be skipped. But if you just cannot get enough of your October scares, and are ok with B-movie quality, then sure, give it a watch. You can get it now for less than fifteen bucks on Amazon.