I love Mike Dougherty’s Trick r’ Treat. I put the unreleased movie on my Top 10 list last year because it needs the help and because it’s just that fucking good.

Why does it need the help? I am honestly baffled. Warner Bros has been sitting on this movie for about two years now, despite the fact that it’s really good, that it features marketable people, and that it’s a commercial movie. Mike hasn’t made some sort of art film – he’s made a really fun, mainstream Amblin Goes to Hell movie.

While I’m constantly agitating for the film to be released in theaters, there is a sign that it may be getting a straight to home video release; over at Shock Til You Drop Ryan Rotten reports that Trick r’ Treat shows up in a ‘buy 5 Blu-Rays, get 1 free’ deal. Note that the deal states that the titles available are ‘subject to change and availability.’

I don’t want Trick r’ Treat to skip theaters. I think it’s the kind of movie that would make an amazing communal October movie experience. But at the same time I don’t want this movie hidden away from you guys anymore. So if direct to video is what it has to be, it’s what it has to be.

And I’m sure industrious types could organize holiday screenings of the film. It deserves to become a perennial.