At last night’s Hollywood Beyond Fest where Michael Dougherty‘s recent, yet already cult classic Trick ‘r Treat closed the proceedings, the audience cheered as news of a sequel was announced.
During a Q&A session that followed the screening the original horror anthology’s Halloween mascot Sam put in an appearance, handing Dougherty a letter requesting a sequel. In reply to the request Dougherty said that call was up to Thomas Tull from Legendary. To everyone’s surprise Tull promptly stood up and shouted ‘I can’t say no to Sam. Let’s make a sequel!’”
The original 2009 anthology which intertwined four horror tales taking place on Halloween, had been planned as a theatrical release only to receive the straight to DVD treatment but picked up quite the cult following. A sequel certainly seems a wise move given its own following and the recent popularity of films woven from the same cloth such as V/H/S and ABCs of Death.
Talking at last night’s Q&A Dougherty commented “I had definitely been hearing the fans asking about a sequel ever since the first film came out on DVD. Even back then, there were the first cries for ‘Give us another one.’” Whilst unable to discuss much in terms of plot, he specified that the film would be “exploring Sam more and maybe getting into some back story of who and what he actually is.“ It also sounds as though he wants to shake things up in terms of the monsters on show this time:
“We covered werewolves, vampires, and zombies, but there’s a whole slew of different creatures out there that we haven’t tackled … so I think it’s time to let them have their time in the sun.“
Whilst he said he has his fingers crossed for the sequel to get a theatrical release this time he said that even if it doesn’t the original film proved just how much people have embraced things like video on demand.
This news has certainly has us looking forward to Halloween even more than we were already. We’ll keep you informed as soon as any more news is confirmed.