This news gets me crazy excited Renegades! A few years back, screenwriter Michael Dougherty made his directorial debut with a horror anthology film called Trick ‘r Treat. In the film, Dougherty incorporated a series of intertwined stories that connected to make one epic horror flick. Despite having positive buzz and great reviews coming out of test screenings the film was sidelined, followed by pushing it straight to DVD. Anyone will tell you, having it shoved to home video was a grave injustice to the film’s quality. Cabin in the Woods nearly suffered the same fate due to MGM’s bankruptcy.
In a shocking turn of events, a sequel is coming! Announced recently at a fan screening for the flick, Doughtery stunned the audience by announcing a Trick ‘r Treat 2 with a logo which I have attached below!
So much awesome!
That’s not it though. Dougherty reveals in a new interview with EW some of the ideas and back stories going into the next sequel. Here is the quote:
“It’s funny because when I first dreamt up the idea of making the first film, I thought, “How neat would it be if we made them a series?” I’m a firm believer that October should be filled with Halloween movies, or horror movies. That’s something I remember from childhood. Horror movies and Halloween, they go hand-in-hand. And so the idea was, “Well we could probably do a Trick ‘r Treat movie every year or every other year, and that it would sort of just be a new batch of stories and characters. And the common link between all of them would be Sam.” Initially that was the plan, and then things changed as the first film had a very delayed, strange journey. I put those dreams on hold for a little while, so it feels good to go back to that initial plan. … 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.”
That said, Dougherty admits that the new film has yet to receive a script, and that he can’t reveal much until further notice. He does say one character in particular will have a bigger spotlight in the next film.
“There’s nothing I can reveal yet. It’s still really early in the process, but I can definitely say that we’ll be exploring Sam more and maybe getting into some back story of who and what he actually is.”
He adds that the horror anthology structure will remain and also to expect more monsters in the next film that didn’t make the roster the first time out.
“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.”
If you haven’t seen the first film, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s a bag of Halloween awesomeness that has a little something for everyone. I’m not sure if it is still on Netflix streaming, but if so, if you’re looking for a Halloween movie, this is one of the best out there.
Trick ‘r Treat 2 currently is awaiting a release date! Check out the trailer for the original below!