By now, I’d like to think fans of Halloween and horror films are very familiar with Michael Dougherty’s fantastic anthology film Trick ‘r Treat. The movie was completed in 2007, but due to studio indecision at Warner Bros., it never received a proper theatrical release and was dumped onto Blu-ray and DVD a couple of years later in 2009. Still, the movie managed to find its core audience and has since become a celebrated cult classic (and essential October viewing for this writer).
Last night, following a screening of the film at Beyond Fest here in Los Angeles, Dougherty and Legendary Pictures guru Thomas Tull officially announced the sequel was moving forward, and Entertainment Weekly spoke with Dougherty about what he had in mind for the further adventures of Sam, the creepy little Halloween mascot. The script hasn’t been written yet and there’s no release date announced, but we have our fingers crossed that this time next year, we’ll be seeing what Dougherty has up his sleeve. Here’s what he had to say:
I think we’ll shake it up a little bit. There are different archetypes I’d like to explore, different types of monsters. We covered werewolves, vampires, and zombies, but there’s a whole slew of different creatures out there that we haven’t tackled, and I think Sam would probably be pretty good buddies with. So I think it’s time to let them have their time in the sun…
I think it’d be great to make it a trilogy, at least. So fingers crossed. For me, I think every film should explore a different aspect of Halloween. I felt like the first film was the very traditional, suburban Halloween that we all have some memory of. But as I’ve grown up over the years, I’ve lived everywhere from Columbus, Ohio to New York to L.A., and I find that the holiday is very different depending on where you live. Or even time periods. I don’t see why we should be limited to just present day stories. Halloween is an amazing holiday because it evolves depending on where you live and the time period.
Head on over to EW to read the full interview, listen to Dougherty on a couple recent episodes of two of GeekNation’s podcasts (Killer POV and The Movie Crypt), and be sure to watch the original film if you haven’t seen it yet (or give it a rewatch if you’ve already seen how awesome it is) to celebrate Halloween this week. Are you excited about this sequel? Sound off below!
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