A TRICKY TREAT **** USA / Canada 2015 Dir: Patricia Chica. 3mins

A neat little chiller that recalls a key segment of TRICK ‘R TREAT and wouldn’t have been out of place in the recent multi-director horror omnibus TALES OF HALLOWEEN. Culminating in a grim family photograph, the three-minute short follows the darkly humorous Halloween night preparations of a couple of kids. The line “It’s still warm” marks the arrival of the film’s gory eye-popping punchline. The stylish film captures the right balance of mischievous laughs and graphic horror, before bowing out with a genuinely creepy, lingering final shot of the creepiest Jack O’Lantern seen on screen for a while.

Review by Steven West

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