In the years since its first screenings in 2007, horror anthology film Trick ‘r Treat has grown in cult status and esteem amongst horror movie aficionados. While it never received an official theatrical release, and was unceremoniously given a home video release a few years later, critical and fan estimation of the film has only risen, as more and more viewers discover it and its four stories, all bound together by a creepy kid named Sam who wears a burlap sack over his head with orange PJs and arrives in each short film whenever a Halloween rule or tradition is broken.
Further, writer-director Michael Dougherty promised a sequel was in works back in 2009, and then…nada. But during a Q&A session for a screening of Trick ‘r Treat in Hollywood last night. Dougherty announced that Trick ‘r Treat is official and coming soon from Legendary Films.
Dougherty discussed, among other things, his impulse for making the Trick ‘r Treat films:
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.
He also promised the sequel will both explore more of Sam’s story as well as explore different horror archetypes:
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.
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.
Are you excited about Trick ‘r Treat 2?