In the 1980s and 1990s, the horror anthology was among the most popular approaches to telling a story that pushed the boundaries of the genre - and to that end, films like Creepshow and television series like Tales from the Crypt found great success by using this technique to scare up a devoted following of fans. Eventually, this format began to fade away from horror, replaced by the renewed focus on slasher films (Scream), the controversial "torture porn" trend (Saw) and found-footage (Paranormal Activity).
However, the entertainment industry has proven time and again that it is a cyclical beast, and recent efforts like V/H/S (and its sequel) and the anthologized series American Horror Story - which features separate storylines each season - have proven that the horror anthology is due for a comeback. Cue the recent announcement by Legendary Pictures, which should make fans of the horror anthology Trick 'r Treat extremely pleased.
Just in time for Halloween, Legendary has officially announced that it is developing Trick 'r Treat 2, the sequel to writer/director Michael Dougherty's 2007 release. The news came at a fan screening of the original film at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, where Dougherty and stars Dylan Baker and Brian Cox held a Q&A session, with Trick 'r Treat producer Bryan Singer making a surprise appearance. Watch the full panel below:
For those unfamiliar with the film, Trick 'r Treat follows four separate storylines over the course of one Halloween night, and each tale is linked by the presence of Sam, a mysterious trick-or-treater who serves as the spirit of the holiday. Once filming was complete in 2006, the project ended up stuck on studio shelves for years and only saw a theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles before hitting home video. However, it was there that the film truly found its audience and developed into a modern horror cult-classic. Cable network FEARnet will run its third-annual 24-hour marathon of this film this Halloween and has even recruited Dougherty to create a handful of shorts featuring the now-iconic character of Sam.
Prior to Monday's screening, our own Perri Nemiroff asked Dougherty about the possibility of a sequel, and the filmmaker played coy about the prospect of returning to the world of his directorial debut. Here's what he said:
"That’s just something that maybe – I don’t know. I’m just not thinking about [it] that much right now. I’m still sort of getting over this movie and still kind of enjoying the way it’s grown over the years and am really psyched for the screening on the 28th because I think that’ll be a really great way to introduce it to a whole new audience. But yeah, if there’s enough momentum down the road, who knows?"
"Down the road" has apparently arrived, but don't expect your favorite characters from Trick 'r Treat to pop up once again. Given the anthology nature of the first film, the sequel will likely not feature return appearances by any of the original cast - which included Baker, Cox, Anna Paquin, Tahmoh Penikett and Leslie Bibb - with the notable exception of Sam, who will certainly be up to his old, ahem, tricks in the film. That's pure speculation at this point, as Dougherty has yet to talk about specifics regarding the film at this early stage.
So, as always, we'll turn to you, Screen Rant readers: Are you excited that Trick 'r Treat is getting the sequel treatment, or should the studio and Dougherty leave the first film untarnished? Now that it's happening, what would you like to see in the sequel? Sound off below.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on Trick 'r Treat 2 as this story develops.