Tonight I was lucky enough to attend a special event screening for Michael Dougherty's classic Halloween film Trick 'r Treat. This was my first time seeing it on the big screen, and it was an awesome experience! Just so you know, this is my favorite Halloween horror film of all time, and I've been aching to see a sequel since I first saw it! I'm incredibly excited to share with you that after the screening it was announced that Legendary Pictures would be making Trick 'r Treat 2!
After the screening there was a little Q&A with the writer and director Michael Dougherty, producer Bryan Singer, and a few actors from the film such as Dylan Baker and Bryan Cox. Near the end of the session a person dressed up in a Sam costume walked up to Dougherty and handed him a birthday card as it was his birthday as well. The card just said "Make a Sequel." The crowd went crazy, and Dougherty said he'd like to, but that it wasn't up to him, so the moderator, Seth Green, called out for Legendary Pictures president Thomas Tull, and asked him about the sequel. He replied with... "how can I say no to Sam" and then they flashed a Trick 'r Treat 2 logo up on the big screen, which you can see below.
Dougherty seemed really surprised, and it didn't seem like he was expecting it, and he was kind of like in the, "Is this really happening" mode. But it was an act for dramatic effect as he talked to EW about the sequel earlier. The announcement seemed like a big birthday present for the writer and director. Singer confirmed saying... "this is how fast things work in Hollywood."
Trick 'r Treat never got a theatrical release. It was made in 2006, and there were a lot of festival screenings. It wasn't released on Blu-ray and DVD until 2009, and since then it's gained a huge cult following. Seven years after the movie was made, fans are finally getting the sequel we've been asking for, and I couldn't be more happy and excited!
The director told EW:
"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."
As you'd expect they are still in the very early stages of development,
"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 goes on to explain,
"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 can't wait to see what they do! I have no doubt that it will be just as good or better than the first. As soon as some more details emerge we will fill you in, but that's all we have for now. Are you excited that we are going to get a Trick 'r Treat sequel?