Trick Or Treat review – gangsters, sushi and Blackpool hallucinations

Seaside shenanigans ensue after an apparent hit-and-run accident in this slapdash, mildly amusing thriller

In this Blackpool-set thriller, semi-retired wide boy Greg (Craig Kelly) is feeling bored and stifled by the routine of fatherhood with an infant daughter and a constantly critical wife, Gemma (Maimie McCoy). On Halloween night, his brother Dan (played by Craig Kelly’s real-life brother, Dean Lennox Kelly) shows up claiming to have killed the son of local gangster queenpin Miss Ferguson (Frances Barber, with a mouth full of curse words, cockney diphthongs and scenery splinters) in a hit-and-run accident. Desperate, Dan begs for Greg’s help.

But hold on a sec – is this all a staged scam, designed to jolt Greg into appreciating the pleasures of everyday life, as if the MacGuffin in David Fincher’s The Game were a rehab intervention? Or perhaps it’s all a hallucination or vision, given the early references to Greg’s putative psychic powers and tendency to smoke skunk? 

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Seaside shenanigans ensue after an apparent hit-and-run accident in this slapdash, mildly amusing thrillerIn this Blackpool-set thriller, semi-retired wide boy Greg (Craig Kelly) is feeling bored and stifled by the routine of fatherhood with an infant daughter and a constantly critical wife, Gemma (Maimie McCoy). On Halloween night, his brother Dan (played by Craig Kelly’s real-life brother, Dean Lennox Kelly) shows up claiming to have killed the son of local gangster queenpin Miss Ferguson (Frances Barber, with a mouth full of curse words, cockney diphthongs and scenery splinters) in a hit-and-run accident. Desperate, Dan begs for Greg’s help. But hold on a sec – is this all a staged scam, designed to jolt Greg into appreciating the pleasures of everyday life, as if the MacGuffin in David Fincher’s The Game were a rehab intervention? Or perhaps it’s all a hallucination or vision, given the early references to Greg’s putative psychic powers and tendency to smoke skunk?  Continue reading…

Crime films, Film, Thrillers (film), Culture, Drama films, Frances Barber, Blackpool

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