It seems as though horror movies usually have too easy a time getting their sequels greenlit with studios running fresh concepts down through the soil and past the root in pursuit of the all-mighty dollar. Look at Saw, Paranormal Activity, and others for examples of that, but for Trick R’ Treat, nothing has ever been easy.
Its initial October 2007 theatrical release stymied by Warner Bros, Michael Dougherty’s anthology suburban horror show sat on the shelf for almost two years, making a few select festival appearances that helped spread the legend of the little horror film that could in advance of an October 2009 DVD/Blu release. From there, fans embraced the strange, creepy, and gory tales within the film, raising Sam — the burlap sack headed spirit of Halloween — up into the stratosphere of horror film icons.
For many, watching the film has become a Halloween tradition — I’ve got my copy, some hard cider, a bag of fun-sized kit kats, and the phone number for my local pizza place on-hand — but when given the chance, many fans also flock to see select screenings of Trick R’ Treat like the one that happened at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles last night. The big surprise? Doughterty’s announcement that a second Trick R’ Treat is on the way.
The Beyond Fest screening and Dougherty’s Q&A were both live-streamed via Facebook by Legendary Pictures, so we don’t know if there is video lying around out there in the ether that shows the announcement, but thankfully, Dougherty gave a long interview to EW, keeping a lot of things close to the vest, but also revealing that he prefers an October release and hopes that Trick R’ Treat 2 gets the big screen release that the other lacked.
Dougherty also had this to say about the monsters that could pair up with Sam:
“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.”
So, can a Trick R’ Treat sequel woo new fans to grow the cult while also bringing in the kind of box office that establishes this as well for which to constantly draw from? On one hand, Dougherty’s return is a hugely popular sign and the years have been kind to the tools at the disposal of a low budget filmmaker, but still, the original gained favor partly due to the feeling that we were each unearthing a rare gem of our very own when we found it, so while Trick R’ Treat 2 might wind up being just as good, it likely won’t be as special as the original.