Noob Reviews: Trick (2019)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Trick?
Not to be confused with the 1999 comedy film of the same name, Trick is a slasher horror that was released in October 2019 and brought to us by RLJE Films. In which a high school senior by the name of Patrick Weaver (aka Trick) is mocked and ridiculed by his peers during a game of spin the bottle at a 2015 Halloween party. However, instead of using a bottle the students playing opted to use a knife (which they felt better suited the Halloween theme), which has trick written on one side of the handle and treat on the other. A knife Trick uses to begin the first of many a murder spree as the ridicule pushes him over the edge. Lashing out, he immediately begins targeting the students around him. Luckily, as he cuts through student after student, the survivors are able to manage a defence and wound him enough to force him to retreat until the police arrive.
After being subdued and taken to the hospital by police, Trick manages to escape and evades being recaptured and year after year returns to exact his revenge. Whether it be aimed at another high school party in 2016 and 2017. An escalation to killing federal agents in 2018. Or finally going after the person who originally foiled his 2015 mass murder and led to his initial capture, a fellow student by the name of Cheryl.
Throughout the film, we not only get to witness the murderous sprees year on year, committed by Trick but also follow Detective Mike Denver as he seeks to stop the killer. Unfortunately for Mike, what starts out as a want to protect the public and maintain justice and order, soon descends into an obsession with Trick. An obsession that won’t only cost him his job but may require the ultimate price.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from RLJE Films’ YouTube channel -
When did it come out?
Trick was released in October 2019.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Jamie Kennedy (Doctor Steven)
Omar Epps (Detective Mike Denver)
Todd Farmer (Deputy Wan)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Trick?
What starts out as your typical slasher horror film, unfortunately, does not manage to keep up the pace as even a half-decent horror film, having used a near-identical story to the 2012 horror film Smiley (check it out here). Trick is a poor copy that fails to gain any real traction, with predictable events throughout the film. Some really half-assed and to be frank, cheap acting. And heavy reliance on the slasher vibes, as opposed to any attempt to build a story or set the mood to add a sense of immersion - Trick just fails on all fronts.
When it comes to the acting, as mentioned above, I used the term cheap as it genuinely felt like many of the cast were uninterested in their scenes with many providing poor delivery and no real presence on screen. The moment they were gone, they were forgotten. The script did not help as the story, dialogue and ending to the film were all as bad as each other. Try as I might, I really struggled to watch the film through in its entirety but only did so for the review.
Although I saw the trailer and it piqued my interest as it had Omar Epps in, the trailer, to be honest, has been cut to have most of the good moments from the film in it and unfortunately, there are not many. Instead of branching out and trying something new, I felt that Trick really tried to spread itself too thin. Was it a slasher movie? Was it a supernatural movie? And even at one stage, was it trying to be from the same vein as The Collector or Saw, with the use of devious torture devious used on a federal agent.
Overall if you are a fan of bad films and bad horror films that are full of overused stereotypes. Then this would be for you. It would also be a good entry film for people into the horror genre as it is definitely horror light. But in all good conscience, I can’t hand on heart say that this would suit horror aficionados at all.
What rating would you give Trick?
My final score for Trick would have to be a terrible 1.75 out of 5 bananas.
Although I came in wanting to love the film after seeing the trailer, that love died very quickly. With nothing new or original to add to either the horror or slasher genre, Trick really is a poor clone of other great movies. It has taken bits and pieces from some many obvious sources and botched its delivery. If you skip watching this film, you honestly won’t be missing anything.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Trick and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.