BITS 2016: 3 Dead Trick or Treaters

A killer leaves macabre tales on the graves of his victims in 3 Dead Trick or Treaters. While on his route, a paperboy comes across three graves, each of which has a story pinned to them. In Fondue, a couple trick or treaters get a special kind of treat. In Malleus Maleficarum, a religious family prepares to punish an accused witch. In Stash, a group of homeless people fight over their Halloween candy. Finally, in the last story Delivery, a couple police officers have a sinister side business.

The horror film anthology 3 Dead Trick or Treaters is the culmination of over four years of work by filmmaker Torin Langen (Late Night Double Feature). The first two segments of Fondue and Malleus Maleficarum were initially released as independent short films, before being reintegrated in this larger story of a failed writer, who resorts to killing in order to share his stories. Probably the most interesting aspect of 3 Dead Trick or Treaters is that the entire film is portrayed without any dialogue, relying more on the visual acting and haunting guitar-based score.

Probably the greatest success of 3 Dead Trick or Treaters is how the film doesn’t have the appearance of something cobbled together over four years. Even the previously released shorts of Fondue and Malleus Maleficarum are perfectly integrated in this collection of tales set around the Halloween season. 3 Dead Trick or Treaters also proves that you don’t need dialogue to tell a good story, since I was able to follow along quite easily. Altogether, this macabre anthology is quite the cinematic experience.

9 / 10 stars
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).