Warner Bros. dump TRICK 'r TREAT!

Michael Dougherty's debut slasher film loses it's distributor.

Warner Bros. must really have been disappointed with the final cut of Michael Dougherty's debut film Trick 'r Treat which was played to the studio at an exclusive screening last night. Bloody Disgusting are today reporting that WB have decided NOT to release the movie - they deem it unmarketable. The tongue-in-cheek slasher flick which looks to have been made along the same lines as The Tripper and Hatchet - was set to open last Halloween but was pushed back to the Spring when WB were worried about the potential of Saw IV taking away it's audience. Or so they said at the time. The real truth is now out and it's obvious they weren't confident on making any money on the movie.

Legendary Pictures will now begin shopping the film around distributors hoping to find a buyer who will give it a theatrical run. In their favour is a cast of actors who may not be stars but they are recognisable faces to movie going audiences. Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Leslie Bibb topline the cast.
The film features four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
You can see the trailer below. I thought the movie looked quite fun and I had been anticipating it quite a bit. Reminded me of the best horrors of the 80's and it seemed a lot more self conscious than most slasher films this decade. Shame...

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