A Trick ‘r Treat sequel hasn’t happened yet despite there being clear interest from fans, but that doesn’t mean Trick ‘r Treat 2 won’t ever happen. The anthology horror movie created and directed by Michael Dougherty grew into a cult following in the years that followed its direct-to-DVD release in 2007. Rumors have swirled about a potential sequel but nothing substantial has been announced, at least not yet.
Trick ‘r Treat featured four interweaving stories set on Halloween night. The common element between the tales was Sam, a pumpkin-headed trick-or-treater who notably wore shabby orange pajamas and a burlap sack over his head. Sam would pop in to severely punish anyone who disrespected the traditions of Halloween. The non-linear format of the storytelling later blended to reveal Sam’s motivations. The highly-underrated horror film starring Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, and Dylan Baker is now a must-watch every Halloween season.
In 2009, Dougherty shared that he was in the early developments of writing Trick ‘r Treat 2 but no pitches have been made. The creator made it clear that fan interest and support was the driving factor behind Trick ‘r Treat obtaining a sequel. A few years later, in 2013, Dougherty and Legendary Pictures officially announced that Trick ‘r Treat 2 was happening much to the delight of fans. Unfortunately, developments stalled in the years that followed. Dougherty signed on to direct Godzilla: King of the Monsters but claimed that he hoped for Trick ‘r Treat 2 to be his next project. Dougherty recently shared an update on the sequel in an interview (via Comic Book Movie), revealing the possibility of it ever happening is still up in the air:
“Listen, 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.”
According to Dougherty’s quote, the final decision is up to Legendary at this point. It’s not a good sign that there hasn’t been any kind of discussions since the 2013 announcement, especially considering that the Trick ‘r Treat fandom continues to grow through seasonal viewings. The fact that new merchandise based on the film and Sam continues to be released could help influence the studio’s decision. That shows that there’s still a clear amount of interest in the movie that could positively affect the chance of a sequel.
On the other hand, Dougherty had a habit of staying positive about chances at a sequel and this quote reveals that he has some doubt. By questioning the need for Trick ‘r Treat 2, the director is possibly coming to terms with the idea that it might never come to fruition. Dougherty could have accepted that Trick ‘r Treat 2 will never see the light of day and maybe it’s time that fans do the same.
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