Trick 'r Treat?
Trick 'r Treat is one of those rare straight-to-dvd films that's actually really damn good. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point it becomes a classic in the vein that the Evil Dead and Creepshow are. For some reason Warner Bros. held the film from release for quite some time. Unfortunately, it looks like the director, Michael Dougherty is having similar problems with the sequel, only this time it's not even filmed yet.
Speaking with Slashfilm, Michael Dougherty dropped a few updates about the status of the project:
"I’m going to speak carefully about that [Laughs], because the moment I utter a word about the sequel, everybody starts salivating. It is very much my intention to make the sequel. Legendary is very committed to making the movie. Creatively, it’s in process. When it actually happens, I don’t know. But, hopefully, stuff like this — the digital decorations, the comic books, the merchandise, and what have you — will tide people over and I can finally get around to making it. Nothing would make me happier than returning to that universe. Like, I miss Sam. When we were shooting these vignettes, I was getting a little bit emotional because I would love nothing more than to hang out with Sam again for a year or two, bringing him back to the big screen."
I know he's not saying it, but If I were to wager a guess I'd say he's having difficulty persuading WB that this would be a good investment. To that I say: of course it is! You've already spent $200 million making a damn Tarzan movie, what's $5-10 million more to make a horror sequel that people actually want?
Dougherty then goes on to lay out his plans for what he hopes could some day be a trilogy:
"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."
If Warner Bros. stops being a stick in the mud about this I will applaud them, because a Trick 'r Treat trilogy would be awesome, so long as the sequels are in high quality like the first film. After watching the surprisingly good Krampus, I'm inclined to believe that they would be. I hope this project gets off the ground, there's not enough horror anthologies out their and seeing another in the Trick 'r Treat world would be an absolute delight. For those that haven't seen the first film, do yourself a favor and watch it this Halloween season.