Trick – USA, 2019 – preview

Omar Epps in slasher horror thriller movie Trick (2019)
Omar Epps in slasher horror thriller movie Trick (2019)

Trick is a 2019 American horror serial killer thriller feature film directed by Patrick Lussier from a screenplay co-written with Todd Farmer. The movie stars Omar Epps, Ellen Adair, Tom Atkins and Jamie Kennedy.


An elusive serial killer descends upon a small town annually and is responsible for gruesome murders year after year, each seemingly unrelated. No-one believes this could be the same killer. Detective Mike Denver (Omar Epps) has faced Trick once before, having shot and seemingly killed him. Or so everyone keeps telling him. However, Denver knows Trick is still out there, and he’s coming back for revenge…


Trick is, for lack of a better term, ‘slasher-noir’ horror set in upstate New York, spanning five consecutive Halloweens where serial killer Trick Weaver taunts police up and down the Hudson River practicing murder as performance art,” Lussier explained to Bloody Disgusting.  “The Benton Township, where Trick’s murderous journey begins, has fallen into decay, almost like Trick’s initial killings didn’t just claim individual victims but killed the town itself.”

Lussier’s lengthy list of horror credentials began while working alongside Wes Craven in some of the genre’s biggest hits including the ground-breaking Scream franchise, Red EyeNew Nightmare and Vampire in Brooklyn. Lussier directed and co-wrote My Bloody Valentine and was a writer and producer on Terminator Genisys. He also directed Dracula 2000 and Dracula II: Ascension.

Perhaps most importantly to horror fans, Lussier has promised, “We’ve gone out of our way to make the kills as grounded and practical as possible. Gary J. Tunnicliffe, who has been my partner in murder and mayhem since 2000, has once again returned to craft a festival of ferocity, drenched in bloody steel.”

Writer Todd Farmer has a long history in the horror genre including Jason X and The Messengers and has worked previously alongside Lussier co-writing My Bloody Valentine.

Film Bridge International is handling worldwide sales for Trick at the Cannes Film Market.


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