Patricia Chica’s A Tricky Treat (2015) was fun, lighthearted, and oh yeah, completely gross! Just how I like ‘em.
I had the fun honor to screen Patricia Chica’s short film A Tricky Treat today, and being a huge fan of short horror films, I was excited for it! I always commend short horror film directors because they have to pack in a storyline, a scare, and usually dialogue, all in a few minutes! This “Treat” was 3 minutes long, and I watched it a few times as I enjoyed it so much.
The short opens with a family having a lighthearted night, while Dad finishes “work” in the garage. Together, the happy family prepares their “better than last year” jack-o-lantern. We hear giggles and gasps from the group, not unlike my childhood jack-o-lantern carving; with my mother cooking, and my dad and I oohing and awing at the pumpkin guts. Only these aren’t pumpkin guts, and the normalcy portrayed amongst the family is what makes this “short” a fun mix of comical and WTF!
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, due to the surprise in the end, so I will end my review there. Props to Chica for her creativity, and her creepy!
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:
Winner of the Best Short (Macabre Faire Film Festival, New York, USA)
Winner of the Best Director (Macabre Faire Film Festival, New York, USA)
Winner of the Best Editor (Patricia Chica) (Macabre Faire Film Festival, New York, USA)
Winner of the Best SPFX (Macabre Faire Film Festival, New York, USA)
Winner of Skin Crawler Award (Halloween Horror Film Festival – Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Winner of Best Micro Short (RIP Horror International Film Festival – Hollywood, CA, USA)
Winner of Bloody Doll Award given to a female director for Outstanding contribution in entertainment
(RIP Horror International Film Festival – Hollywood, CA, USA)
Winner of Macabreite Award for Best Editing of 2015 (Macabre Faire Film Festival – New York, NY, USA)
Winner of a Special Jury Mention (Oaxaca FilmFest – Oaxaca, Mexico)
Winner of Best Horror Shorts of 2015 (Anything Horror Blog – USA)
Winner of Top 25 Best Shorts of the Year 2015 (The Horror Happens Radio Show – New Jersey, NJ, USA)
Mentionned as “halloween Treats – Ten Frightful Films For Halloween” (The Movie Guys Website, USA)
Finalist for the Best Horror Comedy (DragonCon – Atlanta, GA, USA)
Happy Haunting and Enjoy!
The Weevil Dead