The news I’ve been waiting years to hear and didn’t believe was ever going to be announced! ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’ is being made! Hopefully this time it doesn’t take years to get distributed like the first film. It’s become a cult classic for fans of the season from its take on what it exactly means to be out on Halloween night.
It was a cold Chicago night when Michael Dougherty’s (‘X2’) ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ first aired on an indie screen in Chicago. It was a horror movie we had all heard about for about 2 years that fell through the cracks and never got a distribution deal. When one was finally announced, Dougherty was able to get it on limited screen viewings and was in attendance for the Midwest premiere. It was a horror anthology that did horror, anthologies, and Halloween justice in a way that hasn’t been duplicated.
Fear.net has been running super shorts of the main character, Samhain, for the last few years and now we’re getting a full movie follow up! A franchise was something Doughterty has wanted to do since the first film:
“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.”
Sadly there isn’t a script planned out yet for the second film as it’s still early in the development but he doesn’t want to focus just on Sam (whose return I can’t wait for) but also on new and different monsters! It won’t just be werewolves, vampires, and ghoulish children in this one! I’m really curious as to which sets of creatures will show up for the second round!
“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.”
Ideally Legendary Pictures will give this one some real distribution when it comes out. Honestly with Legendary involved, it’d be great to see a potential loan of a character from any of their other franchises pop in for a cameo.
If the film doesn’t have a wide release, I’m pretty sure it will also hit the cult classic fever that the first did, but if it was able to be received by a whole new audience? Even better! My only concern would be that with the ‘2’ tacked on at the end it might scare away potential new viewers. Ideally though, it would get more people to pickup a copy of the first film! (Honestly, if you haven’t seen it I suggest going out today and buying yourself a copy.)
Are you excited about the news of seeing ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’? Sound off below!
Source: Slash Film