Having been reared on slasher movies in the 80s and 90s – and still being partial to them to this day – I approached Trick with something close to a sense of excitement.

A real throwback effort, we have a masked killer, killings aplenty, clueless cops, murderous anniversaries – the works.

But is it any good? Well, in a word – no.

Trick starts off promisingly enough, with a Halloween party gone haywire back in 2015, when one of the guests, shy nerd Richard ‘Trick’ Weaver randomly decides to carve everyone up during a game of spin the bottle.

Weaver is skewered by fellow party-goer Cheryl (Kristina Reyes), but manages to escape from his hospital bed, only to be gunned down and then dumped off a balcony by cop Mike Denver (Omar Epps).

Wouldn’t you know though, in vintage slasher style the body disappears, and when Halloween rolls round the next year and more bodies start to pile up at the hands of Trick, the question has to be asked – is he somehow still alive?

Revealing that would be spoiling the ‘fun’, but I will let slip that Trick keeps throwing twist after twist that will have you rolling your eyes (even as a hardened horror fan).

Directed by Patrick Lussier, who brought us the actually-not-that-bad-and-quite-fun My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry, Trick is a step backwards.

There is fun to be had – the film is wildly gory for starters, with every victim sprawling across the screen spraying blood. It also plays out at breakneck speed, so you could never say you are bored.

Lussier is also savvy enough to wheel out the likes of Tom Atkins and Jamie Kennedy to give genre aficionados something to nod in acknowledgment at.

But the whole thing is just ludicrous – we have way too many people acting stupidly, characters who should be dead turning up alive and well and some acting that would make a primary school drama class blush.

Epps just about holds it together, while Reyes makes for a likeable (and resourceful) ‘final girl’. But their efforts are washed away by a wave of poor supporting turns, as well as the makers’ insistence of using a booming soundtrack in an attempt to drown out some of the nonsense.

Clearly designed to be some sort of franchise-starter, Trick is an over-the-top, loud, ludicrous slashfest that does offer some treats, but should only really be watched if you have absolutely nothing better to do.

Trick will be available on Digital Download from 30th March and is available for Pre-Order here

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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle