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TRICK R’ TREAT writer/director Michael Dougherty talks possible sequel

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
October 8th, 2009


After sitting in movie purgatory for over two years, the horror anthology film, TRICK R' TREAT, finally came out on DVD two days ago. The reason for TRICK R' TREAT's long delay and lack of a theatrical release is not known, but I can tell you that it wasn't deserved. TRICK R' TREAT is one of the better horror films to come out in years; it is a blast of a film, offering four fun and twisted horror short stories expertly interwoven into a feature film.

As more and more people see TRICK R' TREAT, and the buzz grows louder and louder, sequel talk is bound to come up, like it did when writer/director Michael Dougherty spoke to MTV recently. Dougherty says he is interested in making another TRICK R' TREAT, and he even has some ideas for it already. It turns out a sequel was always in Dougherty's mind as he wrote the first TRICK R' TREAT movie, with Dougherty saying, “the whole idea originally...was to do one if not every Halloween, at least every other Halloween."

Dougherty feels that "because it’s an anthology film, it lends itself to telling another four stories which would intertwine – but I think you could take the film and explore how Halloween was celebrated in different locations, different time periods, and the one consistent character would be Sam, the mascot.” I totally agree with Dougherty, in that anthology films  set up nicely for a sequel. All you're reusing, for the most part, is the construction of the film, but there are completely new stories and characters, with the exception of Sam. This element gives anthology sequels a freshness that you don't get with many of the horror sequels, or sequels in general.

Dougherty already knows how his next TRICK R' TREAT movie would end, and at least one of the new main characters.  “I know how the next one ends, I know who the main villain would be – let’s just say that there’s a whole contingent of people out there who hate Halloween, who try to convince people that Halloween is a genuinely evil holiday that should be avoided. And I’d like to see Sam go up against one of those types.”

It is still uncertain if Dougherty will direct the TRICK R' TREAT sequel if it does end up happening. “I love the idea of collaborating with new people, so I might be willing to step back and just produce, but then find other writers and directors to work with to take the ball and run with it...I think that would be fun.”

TRICK R' TREAT is every bit as awesome as it is being made out to be, and if you haven't seen it, then you know what you must do today - breathe and get a copy of TRICK R' TREAT.

The idea of another TRICK R' TREAT film definitely sounds cool, especially given that Dougherty will be involved in the project in a major way, even he doesn't end up directing the film.

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