Horror anthology movies are more often misses than they are hits. The condensed run times of each entry makes it much more difficult for filmmakers to build tension and create the necessary atmosphere for the scares to be truly effective. Michael Dougherty's 2007 anthology Trick 'R Treat is a notable exception to the rule.
Four Halloween stories are told in Trick 'R Treat, with a weird kid wearing a burlap sack on his head tying these macabre tales together. A young vandal gets his comeuppance; a group of kids learn about a horrific accident involving mentally challenged children and a school bus; an old curmudgeonly man fends off unwanted trick or treaters from his home. Each tale is tightly told, with Dougherty showing a real flair for visuals.
Trick 'R Treat is a wonderful homage to classic anthology movies of the 1980s which managed to overcome a limited release and find its audience on home video, picking up a much-deserved cult following. Rumours of a sequel have been floating around since 2009, and Dougherty has expressed his desire to bring the franchise back to life following the release of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.