I finally got to see “Trick ‘r Treat” this week and absolutely loved it. The film was supposed to come out back in 2007, but for some reason WB held the film back and it sat on the shelf until now. It’s a true shame since the film live up to it’s great online reputation as it’s an origina and extremely fun film and you can’t help but be frustrated and confused as to why WB decided to treat the film so badly. What also makes it even more sad is that the film’s writer-director, Mike Dougherty, had planned to create sequels for the Halloween anthology film which would be released every Halloween. Now that the film has been released on DVD, it seems that the love for “Trick r’ Treat” is once again strong, and it’s leading to Dougherty brainstorming some ideas for “Trick ‘r Treat 2”. You can hear them all when you hit the jump.
“If this [DVD release] does become something, if it catches executives off-guard, it might [get sequels]. I would love to do them.” Dougherty said to MTV last week. And this might be the case, as reports are all over twitter that retailers didn’t get enough copies and are selling out. I’m also rarely excited about sequels but in this case I really want Dougherty to explore this world some more. The reason is Dougherty’s ambitious plans for the franchise:
“”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.””
The Sam character is the little guy that you can see on the DVD’s cover and will hopefully continue to see as he becomes an iconic character in the horror movie universe. Dougherty says that he knows how the sequel would end, who the main character would be, and who the main villain would be. What I’m also curious about is if Dougherty will try to do the same interwoven storyline structure as the first film or if he will just do an anthology film with segments.
Dougherty says that if he were to have his way he would like to do a “Trick ‘r Treat” film ever Halloween, or at least every other Halloween. He also says that he wouldn’t mind working with other directors while just serving as a producer. I absolutely love both ideas and I really do hope that the film does become the instant cult classic that its fans are trying to make it become. I would love to see a “Trick ‘r Treat” sequel every year instead of a “Saw” sequel and I really do think that it’s possible since the first film didn’t cost that much to make ($12 million) and will probably gain a profit on DVD if this buzz continues.