"Trick is a unique spin on that classic horror genre," says Omar Epps

"Trick is a unique spin on that classic horror genre," says Omar Epps

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of RLJE Films

There’s a psycho killer on the loose slashing characters in elaborate ways each Halloween and on his sordid trail is a dogged detective determined to bring him to justice. That's the premise of this slasher film, which takes a familiar story and sprinkles in a little twist.

"People who are into the horror genre will love it. It’s a slasher noir and is a psychological and entertaining fun Halloween film," says Omar Epps, who plays the detective on the masked madman's tail.  "The character I play is a detective called Mike Denver who is so devoted to his cause that he loses himself in trying to figure out who the killer is."

Directed by "My Bloody Valentine" and "Drive Angry" helmer Patrick Lussier, the film is set in a small town and starts off in 2015 where several students are slashed to death at a college Halloween party. The killer is apprehended, or so law enforcement believes, but after another brutal killing spree occurs the following Halloween they soon discover they haven’t quite captured the culprit with a bladed weapon.

"When I first read the script, I thought it was a unique spin on that classic horror genre. I was attracted to the character and the opportunity to work with Patrick again as he is a master in that world," shares Epps, who cites "The Exorcist" and "Friday the 13th" as some of his favorite classic horror films. “Trick’ has franchise potential and that is certainly the intent for it definitely has that potential for sure.”

A renowned actor with a string of film and television credits that include the Fox medical drama “House,” movies “The Wood,” “Love and Basketball” and John Singleton's acclaimed film, “Higher Learning,” he made his mark on the big screen in 1992 starring alongside Tupac Shakur in Ernest Dickerson’s urban drama "Juice.”  Epps, through his production company BrooklynWorks Films, has produced several projects including the documentary, “Daddy Don’t Go” for Starz, and a scripted series with John Legend and Get Lifted. He  recently starred in the hit USA drama series, “Shooter” and thriller “Traffik” opposite Paula Patton.

Also starring Ellen Adair, Kristina Reyes, Jamie Kennedy and Tom Atkins, "Trick" is gory, brilliantly gnarly with visceral scares as it follows the longstanding tradition of cinematic slasher films—i.e., the Jason’s, Freddy’s, and Myers’ of the horror genre.

“The difference is that it’s psychological,” continues Epps. “I think people will really enjoy this project for it has all those classic elements with contemporary things that people like to see nowadays. The story holds and it is graphic enough that people can live vicariously through the character.”

“Trick” releases in theaters, On Demand and Digital HD on October 18th. Check out the trailer below:

Omar Epps as Detective Mike Denver
Omar Epps