Some films are put through the studio wringer and there aren't many films that demonstrate that better than Trick 'r Treat. Originally due to release in October of 2007, Warner Brothers yanked it from the schedule without a single explanation as to why. It's possible that it was done in an attempt to avoid going head to head with horror jaugernaut Saw IV or even that it was done in response to the poor performance of Superman Returns. Co-written by Michael Dougherty and directed by Bryan Singer, both gentlemen were involved in Trick 'r Treat as writer/directer and producer respectively.
Sure, Trick 'r Treat got released at a couple of film festivals in 2007 and 2008, but it wasn't until October 6th of 2009 that it was finally released to the masses. Direct-to-DVD that is. That's a cruel twist of fate for a movie that has now become a cult classic to a certain extent. Not all movies get their due and even though there was very little chance that Trick 'r Treat could have hoped to compete with Saw IV in October of '07, it deserved to be shown at the megaplexes.