The Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat is getting a sequel courtesy of Michael Dougherty.
Although it doesn’t get as much attention as other horror movies, Dougherty’s 2007 anthology is easily one of the better genre efforts in recent memory. After a very long wait, fans of the flick are finally getting a proper follow-up.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Trick ‘R Treat sequel is happening thanks to all of the support the cult Halloween favorite received online over the years. Thanks to a legion of hardcore fans who frequently sing the movie’s praises to anyone who will listen, the folks at Legendary Pictures agreed to put a follow-up into motion.
“I think that momentum just started to build to the point where it was deafening. And I think Legendary finally heard it too. Legendary’s always been a big supporter of the film. They’ve been tracking fans rise in popularity, and I think this was the year we finally reached that peak, and they realized the sequel was necessary,” the director said.
What should fans of Trick ‘r Treat expect from the upcoming sequel? Dougherty insists he isn’t going to rehash the stories found in the original movie. Instead, he really wants to “shake things up.”
The filmmaker told EW:
“There are different archetypes I’d like to explore, different types of monsters. We covered werewolves, vampires, and zombies, but there’s a whole slew of different creatures out there that we haven’t tackled, and I think Sam (the first film’s pint-sized killer) would probably be pretty good buddies with. So I think it’s time to let them have their time in the sun. I think it’d be great to make it a trilogy, at least. So fingers crossed.”
If you’re expecting another “found footage torture porn” flick, then the Trick ‘r Treat sequel is sure to leave you feeling somewhat disappointed. Dougherty told MTV News that the follow-up will be the “antithesis” of that sort of horror picture.
“I think the important thing is that we remain true to the spirit of the original in that it’s a fun horror Halloween film,” the director told the website.
According to Wired, the original Trick ‘r Treat sold an impressive number of copies on home video without a proper theatrical release. Michael Dougherty credits the film’s continued success to VOD and a rapid fanbase on social media.
“It has played a huge part in how well the film has done. Whether its bloggers, Twitter, or Facebook, the film has really taken advantage of these new formats,” he explained.
Are you excited that Legendary is finally moving forward with the Trick ‘r Treat sequel?
[Image via Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures]