It’s the week of Halloween, which can only mean one thing: Somewhere writer/director Michael Dougherty is being asked if he is still planning to make a sequel to Trick ‘r Treat. The 2007 straight-to-DVD release has become a beloved cult-classic over the last 12 years creating an instant Halloween mascot in Sam, the eerie trick-or-treater who serves as our guide through the four stories in the anthology film. In fact, Sam has made appearances at Halloween Horror Nights for Scare Zones as well as last year’s impressive, fan-favorite maze. You can even bring Sam home with you from Spirit Halloween in the form of decorations, greeters, and mugs.
So, this year, when Dougherty answered the big question asked by CBM, our Halloween hearts went aflutter. His answer certainly leaves the door open for a sequel, but reminds us not to hold our breath waiting, either…
I’m intrigued by the idea and it’s completely up to Legendary. It’s been a few years since we initially talked about it and there’s been a regime change since then. They still have the property and they love it and there’s still a long line of merchandise and a continuing line of comic books based on the film but the ball is in their court. The moment they say they’re interested and ready to go, we’ll see if the stars align. At the same time, I think there’s something to be said about not sequelising it. In a business that is obsessed with franchising and spinoffs and prequels and sequels, maybe there’s something to be said about just leaving it alone.
Fans of the film will recall that Legendary released a graphic novel in 2015 called Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead that “paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.” The comic, co-written by Dougherty, features four new stories that span different times and places. And while the stories aren’t interconnected as they are in the film, Sam is still lingering in each one as you might expect. But we’re now left to wonder if there will be a sequel that the graphic novel will lead us to eventually.
What are your thoughts, Halloween fiends? Are you hoping Legendary will open the door to a second Trick ‘r Treat or do you prefer they leave the first film as a stand-alone? Let us know on Twitter, Reddit, or in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!